Dr. Erin Risch Zoutendam graduated in May 2023 with the Doctor of Philosophy from the Graduate Program in Religion at Duke University. Her concentration was in World Christianity, and Dr. Sujin Pak was the chair of her doctoral committee for her dissertation “Word and Presence: The Role of Scripture in the Formation and Reformation of Mystical Theology, 1200–1580.”
Dr. Zoutendam’s previous degrees are a Bachelor of Arts (summa cum laude) from Hillsdale College, a Master of Theological Studies from Calvin Theological Seminary, and a Master of Theology from Western Theological Seminary. During her time at Duke, her academic excellence was recognized in many ways, including the James B. Duke Fellowship, DAAD Grant for Summer Study in Germany, an Advanced Theological Studies Fellowship at Kampen Theological University in the Netherlands, a Louisville Doctoral Fellowship, the Gurney Harriss Kearns Summer Fellowship From Duke University (three time recipient), a Shore Research Prize from Duke Center for Jewish Studies, a grant for paleography training from Duke Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, and the Sixteenth-Century Society and Conference Competitive Travel Grant.
Zoutendam’s public scholarship includes twenty publications, and she has four peer-reviewed articles and three book reviews as of this writing. She has given twelve conference presentations and eleven invited academic talks.
She has extensive service at Duke University, and has also served in various capacities with the Episcopal Church and the American Cusanus Society. Her teaching experience is also extensive, having worked as both a classroom and an online instructor in various locations.
Her language skills of Latin, French, German, Dutch, Middle Dutch, Middle French, and Middle English have informed her research.
Most recently, Dr. Zoutendam has gained a post as a Core Fellow at Seton Hall University. We wish her continued success in her career.