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Kate Temoney

Chairperson, Religion

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Dr. Kate E. Temoney is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Religion at Montclair State University. She is the American Academy of Religion co-chair of the Religion, Holocaust, and Genocide Unit; a member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Committee on Ethics, Religion, and the Holocaust, and an Editor for Genocide Studies and Prevention: An International Journal. Trained as a comparative religious ethicist, she earned a BA from Wake Forest University, an MEd from The College of William & Mary, and an MA and PhD from Florida State University.

Dr. Temoney teaches courses on Religious Ethics, the Holocaust, Genocide, African Religions, Religions of the World, and Religion & Human Rights, and her international publications and presentations—in such places as Brazil, Cambodia, Poland, Belgium, Morocco, Canada, and Australia—address the intersections of religion, human rights, mass atrocities, and theory of history.
In addition to national and international guest lectures and presentations to government and non-governmental agencies, her scholarship appears in several journals and edited volumes. A selection of her work includes: “The 1994 Rwandan Genocide: The Religion/Genocide Nexus, Sexual Violence, and the Future of Genocide Studies” in Genocide Studies and Prevention: An International Journal (2016); “Anatomizing White Rage: ‘Race is My Religion!’ and ‘White Genocide’” in The Religion of White Rage: White Workers, Religious Fervor, and the Myth of Racial Progress (University of Edinburgh Press, 2020); “The War Came Alive Inside of Them: Genocidal Rape, Religion, and Moral Injury” in the Journal of Religious Ethics (2021); History for ‘Reconciliation’: A Critical Assessment of Three Models and Their Implications,” in SHISO (2022, a Japanese humanities journal); “An Assessment of the Plan of Action for Religious Leaders and Actors to Prevent Incitement to Violence that Could Lead to Atrocity Crimes" in the Routledge Handbook on Religion and Genocide (Routledge, 2022); and “Religion and Genocide Studies” in The Handbook of Genocide Studies (Edward Elgar Press, 2023); and "Memory,Religion, and Authoritarianism in Post (1994)- Genocide Rwanda" in the Journal of Hostility, Anger, Repression and Malice or HARM (2024). In progress are a book chapter for the Oxford Handbook on History and Memory co-authored with Berber Bevernage and a co-edited focus issue with Benjamin Sax for the Journal of Interreligious Studies.

For more detailed information, please access Dr. Temoney's CV.


Religious Ethics, Human Rights, Genocide Studies, Theory of History