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Kimberly Stratton

Associate Professor, Humanities and Religion, Carleton University

Kimberly Stratton teaches in the Religion and Public Life program at Carleton University. Her courses cover the origins of Judaism and Christianity, Violence and Religion, and Contemporary Theoretical Approaches to the Study of Religion. Her research interests and publications cover ancient magic, stereotypes of witches and magicians, gender, and violence. Her monograph, Naming the Witch: Magic, Ideology, and Stereotype in the Ancient World (Columbia University Press, 2007), won the Frank W. Beare Book Award from the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies in 2008, and pioneered a new approach to defining "magic" as a discourse rather than as specific practices. She is currently working on a book about Jewish and Christian responses to Roman violence in the first and second centuries and the use of mythic narratives to respond to national trauma.


  • 2006–2020
    Associate professor, Carleton University
  • 2001–2006
    Assistant Professor, Carleton University


  • 2002 
    Columbia University, PhD
  • 1995 
    Harvard Divinity School, MTS
  • 1991 
    Barnard College, AB, mcl


  • 2016
    Crossing Boundaries in Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity: Ambiguities, Complexities, and Half-Forgotten Adversaries (co-ed. with Andrea Lieber), Brill
  • 2014
    Daughters of Hecate: Women and Magic in the Ancient World (co-ed. with Dayna Kalleres), Oxford University Press
  • 2007
    Naming the Witch: Magic, Ideology, and Stereotype in the Ancient World, Columbia University Press

Professional Memberships

  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • Canadian Society for Biblical Studies