Kate Wilkinson | Towson University

Associate Professor, Director of Master’s Program


Ph.D., Religion, Emory University, 2009
Certificate in Women’s Studies, Emory University, 2009
M.A., Theological Studies, Harvard Divinity School, 2002
B.A., Humanities, Sarah Lawrence College, 2000

Areas of Expertise

Early Christianity
Feminist Historiography
Feminist Ethnography
Comparative Study of Religion


Kate Wilkinson is an Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at Towson University.
She joined the faculty in the Fall of 2009. She completed a doctorate in Religion
at Emory University as well as the graduate certificate in Women’s Studies. She received
a Masters in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School (2002) and her BA from
Sarah Lawrence College (2000). Her research is in the area of gender and sexuality
in the Early Christian church, especially the fourth and fifth centuries CE. Dr. Wilkinson
has strong interests in feminist historiography and the comparative study of religions.
Undergraduate courses include “The Erotic Imagination in Christianity and Hinduism”
and “Women’s Spiritual Practices.” Graduate courses include “Women in Conservative
Religious Movements.”

Currently working on several article length projects on clothing, religion, and gender
in late antiquity and on a book length project on consecrated virgins and discourses
of theological and social freedom.

Courses Taught

  • Spring: WMST 233.001  International Perspectives of Women
  • Spring: WMST 233.002 International Perspectives of Women
  • Spring: WMST 233.003 International Perspectives of Women
  • Spring: WMST 570.180 Topics in Women’s Studies: Women’s Spiritual Practices


Women and Modesty in Late Antiquity, Cambridge University Press 2015. (book) Present
at American Academy of Religion, Society for Biblical Literature, North American Patristics
Society, Oxford International Conference on Patristics.

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