Jill Petersen Adams

Director of Experiential Learning and Adjunct Assistant Professor

  • PhD, Syracuse University, Religion
  • MA, Syracuse University, Religion
  • BA, Emory University, Philosophy and Religion
  • AA, Oxford College of Emory University

Jill Adams defended her dissertation,"Irreconcilable Mourning: Inheritance, Redemption, and the Critique of History," in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University.  She is a member of the American Academy of Religion, where she serves on the steering committees for the "Religion, Affect and Emotion" and "Religion, Holocaust, and Genocide" sections.  She is also a member of the Association for Asian Studies, American Philosophical Association, and Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy.  In addition to her academic interests, she has trained and taught Okinawan Goju Ryu Karate with a school in Syracuse, NY and trained the Japanese martial art of Kendo in Atlanta.


Ph.D.| Syracuse University| 2013

MA| Syracuse University| 2007

BA| Emory University| 2003

AA| Oxford College of Emory University| 2001

Courses Taught

Honors Seminar: "Writing the Disaster: Witnessing, 1945" (Honors 300/ Eng 389RW)

Introduction to Religion (Rel 100 and Rel100Q)

Death and Dying in World Religions (Rel 323)

(Elsewhere: Introduction to the Study of Religion; Dying, Death, and Mourning)


“Chronicle and Fidelity in Post-Atomic Japanese History-telling.” In Return of the Text: The Cultural Value of Close Reading. Edited by Jennifer Gurley. Forthcoming.

"Seeking Peace, Seeking Justice: Place-based Pedagogies and Global Connections." In Interdisciplinary Approaches to Pedagogy and Place-Based Education: From Abstract to the Quotidian. Edited by Deric Shannon and Jeffery Galle. (PalgraveMacmillan, 2017): 147-166.

“Acts of Irreconcilable Mourning: Post-Holocaust Witness and Testimony.” Culture, Theory, and Critique, Volume 56, Issue 2 (November 2015): 228-244.

“Mourning, the Messianic, and the Specter: Derrida’s Appropriation of Benjamin in Specters of Marx.” Philosophy Today 51 (Supplement 2007): 140-147.

“Gerhard Richter: Afterness: Figures of following in Modern Thought and Aesthetics.Continental Philosophy Review, Volume 45, Issue 4 (2013): 587-592.

Research Interests

In addition to general interests in philosophy of religion, death and dying, and East Asian (particularly Japanese) religious and philosophical traditions, current research interests include:

Philosophical conceptions of mourning | Mourning as historical and political process

Mourning, memorialization, and transmission in post-1945 Japan and Germany

Intersections of theories of mourning with work on memory, affect theory, embodiment, gender, and peace and conflict studies

Pedagogical scholarship, particularly focused on high impact practices such as global learning and other experiential learning