B.A., Marymount College, Tarrytown
M.A., Middlebury College
M.A., Columbia University
Ph.D., The Catholic University of America
Other study: Loyola University
Jacquelyn Porter RSHM received a Masters Degree in French from Middlebury College and a Masters in Religion from Columbia University. In 1993 she received a Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America for her dissertation on the French philosopher Stanislas Breton. Those studies formed the basis of a work published as The Word and the Cross, an introduction to Breton’s project with a translation of one of his key works on a religious subject. Her major fields of study, Hermeneutics, Ecclesiology, and Fundamental Theology have been joined with a continued interest in the dialogue between the French intellectual tradition and Religion.
In her teaching, Dr. Porter continues to pursue an interest in Scripture and its interpretation throughout history, especially in the way in which the Cross poses a mark of interrogation within that history. She has published articles in the Heythrop Journal, The Proceedings of the College Theology Society, and Philosophy and Theology. Presentations at national conferences include “The Breakthrough on the Road: Alain Badiou’s Use of Paul,s Conversion Narrative,” “The Courtyard of the Gentiles Project,” and “Paul Vi’s Dialogue with Atheism in Populorum Progressio.”
As a Professor at Marymount, she has shown a particular interest in global studies and has given students classes in Turkey, Greece, and France. As Director of a new initiative, RSHM Mission and Spirit, Dr. Porter helps students and faculty become more aware of the heritage they share, the charism and goals of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary.