Emma Polyakov

Academic Title

Assistant Professor

  • Jewish-Christian relations
  • Religion and culture in Israel
  • Holy Land studies
  • Jewish-Christian-Muslim relations

My primary area of research is in the study of contemporary interreligious relations, with a focus on Jewish-Christian relations. My recent research includes work in memory and place studies, the experience of time in religious ritual, interreligious relations in Jerusalem, and antisemitism studies.

  • Ph.D., Jewish-Christian Comparative Theology, Boston College
  • Master of Theological Studies, Religion and Conflict Transformation, Boston University
  • B.A., Bard College

  • Interreligious relations
  • Jewish-Christian relations
  • Ritual studies
  • Hebrew Bible


The Nun in the Synagogue: Lives on the Border. (Pennsylvania State University Press; forthcoming).

Antisemitism, Islamophobia, and Interreligious Hermeneutics: Ways of Seeing the Religious Other. Brill-Rodopi, 2018.

Remembering the Future: The Experience of Time in Jewish and Christian Liturgy. Liturgical Press, 2015.


“Christian-Jewish Dialogue in the Monasteries of Jerusalem: An Evolution of Monastic Interreligious Dialogue.” Journal of Ecumenical Studies Vol. 53, no. 4 (Fall 2018): 521-540.

“Constructions of Christian Identity and the Idea of the Holy Land: A Reciprocal Relationship.” Israel Studies, Vol.23, no. 1 (2018): 177-195.

“Methodological Considerations on the Role of Experience in Comparative Theology.” In How to Do Comparative Theology: European and American Perspectives in Dialogue. Ed. F.X. Clooney and K. von Stosch, 259-270. Fordham University Press, 2018.

“Theorizing Sacred Place in Jerusalem: Identity, Yearning, and the Invention of Tradition.” Journal of Beliefs and Values, Vol. 38, no. 3 (2017).

“Sacred Time as Sacred Space: The Spaces of Memory and Anticipation in Christianity and Judaism.” In Contested Spaces, Common Ground? Ed. O. Birger Leirvik, L. Rodriguez, and U. Winkler, 73-81. Leiden: Brill Rodopi, 2016.

“Psalmic Recitation as a Performance of Memory and Hope in Jewish and Christian Prayer.” Journal of Scriptural Reasoning, Vol. 12, no. 1 (2013).

“Embodying Tradition: Liturgical Performance as a Site for Interreligious Learning.” CrossCurrents, Vol. 62, no. 3 (2012): 371-380.