Q&A with Carissa M. Harris

Meet Carissa Harris, Member in the School of Historical Studies, who is an Associate Professor at Temple University. In 2020–21, she is exploring how anger became feminized in the late medieval English popular imagination.

Spotlight 2020–21

Get to know IAS through the Spotlight, an introduction to life at the Institute highlighting the scholars, programs, and facilities that make our mission of advancing knowledge possible.

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Karen Uhlenbeck on Being the First Woman to Receive the Abel Prize

It's not so easy being a role model. One of the things you learn when you’re going through life and so forth is that you need role models, but you don’t need perfect role models. You need role models who fall down and pick themselves up. You need role models who show how even though you can’t do everything, you can do some things. You need role models to keep you going.

Joan W. Scott’s Critical History of Inequality

Now that “gender theory” has fallen under attack in France, denounced by its critics as an ideology that destroys the natural order and upsets the political and social balance, it seems fitting, if not crucial, that we take a look back on the ever-changing thoughts of a historian who has contributed greatly to the introduction of the concept of gender within the field of historiography. 

The People of Monotheism and Justice

While traditionalist theologians considered any rational speculation over the dicta of the revealed sources to be impermissible ... they need to be accepted “without asking how” (bi-lā kayfa). The issue took center stage among the rationalist theologians who were unwilling to compromise on the doctrine of tawhīd. The principal defenders of monotheism were the so-called Muʿtazila, the “People of Monotheism and Justice” (ahl al-tawhīd wa-l-ʿadl) as their adherents called themselves, a theological movement that flourished between the eighth and thirteenth century C.E.