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Hester Gelber

Hester Gelber

Affiliated Faculty
Professor of Religious Studies and, by courtesy, of German Studies, Emerita
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, Medieval History (1974)
M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, Medieval History (1967)
B.A., Cornell University, History (medieval focus) (1965)

Hester Gelber specializes in late medieval religious thought. She teaches courses on philosophy of religion as well as medieval Christianity. She has written extensively on medieval Dominicans, including: Exploring the Boundaries of Reason: Three Questions on the Nature of God by Robert Holcot OP and most recently It Could Have Been Otherwise: Contingency and Necessity in Dominican Theology at Oxford 1300-1350. Her current book project is a study of the development of the medieval religious cosmos as a mythologized system of retributive justice.Professor Gelber received her Ph.D. in History from the University of Wisconsin in 1974 and has taught at Stanford since 1978, beginning as a part-time lecturer in Philosophy before moving to Religious Studies in 1982.