United Theological Seminary

Jennifer Awes Freeman

Assistant Professor of Arts and Theology

Jennifer Awes Freeman is assistant professor of arts and theology at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. Before coming to United, she was a visiting assistant professor at the University of St Thomas for 2016-2018 as a postdoctoral fellow at the Louisville Institute. She recently completed her doctoral work at Vanderbilt University. Her dissertation, “Erasing God: Carolingians, Controversy, and the Ashburnham Pentateuch,” is a study of Trinitarian doctrine and images during the transition from Late Antiquity to the early Middle Ages. During the summer of 2016, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Medieval Institute at the University of Notre Dame, for which she began a translation of Hrabanus Maurus’ In honorem sanctae crucis. Her research interests include images of divinity, iconoclasm, material culture, gender studies, the mutual influence of art and theology, and book culture in the digital humanities.

Education

  • B.A. Bethel College
  • Master of Art in Religion (Visual Arts) Yale Divinity School, Institute of Sacred Music
  • Ph.D. Vanderbilt University

Teaching and Research

  • The mutual influence of art and theology
  • Images of divinity
  • Iconoclasm
  • Gender Studies

Fellow
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Louisville Institute

Publications

  • “The Good Shepherd and the Enthroned Ruler: A Reconsideration of Imperial Iconography in the Early Church,” in The Art of the Empire: Christian Art in its Imperial Context, Lee Jefferson and Robin Jensen, eds., (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2015).
  • “Erasing God: The Ashburnham Pentateuch in its 9th c. Context and Beyond,” Allegorica 30 (Summer 2015).“Theologizing Gender in the Rothschild Canticles,”
  • Medieval Feminist Forum 48.2 (Winter 2012).