After earning her Ph.D. in English and Religious Studies from IU in 2014 (co-advised by Patricia Ingham and Constance M. Furey), Kerilyn Harkaway-Krieger started teaching at Gordon College, in Wenham, MA, in 2015.
Professor Harkaway-Krieger received tenure at Gordon in spring 2022 where she teaches in the English department; directs the first-year writing program; and chairs the college’s Core Curriculum committee. Her teaching focuses on premodern literature and religion in the British Isles, as well as Christian spirituality, and she was the recipient of Gordon’s Junior Faculty award (given for teaching excellence) in 2019. Her research on medieval mystical texts has been published in Exemplaria, The Journal of Medieval Religious Cultures, and in an edited collection on devotional interactions. Her current work focuses on the various ways theologians, linguists, and philosophers understand metaphors to operate within theological discourse and considers how visionary authors, such as Julian of Norwich and William Langland, use metaphors.