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Jillian Stout Maxey

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Jillian Stout Maxey

Doctoral Candidate, Comparative Theology

Stokes N420B
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467


Advisor/Dissertation Director: Ruth Langer


Apprenticeship in College Teaching (ACT), Boston College, (in progress)
Workshops: Intro to University Teaching, Syllabus Design, Grading, Creating a Teaching Portfolio, Classroom Management and Conducting a Teaching Observation

MA in Higher Education Administration, Boston College (2008)
Concentrations: history of education, religiously-affiliated institutions, the Catholic Intellectual Tradition

BA in Art History (Summa Cum Laude), Providence College (2006)
Concentrations: modern and religious art, Theology (minor), Development of Western Civilization (minor)
Thesis: Marc Chagall’s biblical iconography in The Good Samaritan (Union Church of Pocantico Hills, Westchester County, NY)


Jillian Stout Maxey is a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Theology. She focuses on contemporary Christian-Jewish dialogue and Comparative Theology and Interreligious Dialogue methodology. Her dissertation, Walking with the Wise: Interreligious Dialogue as Relational and Transformative, incorporates oral history research with leading scholars and practitioners in Christian-Jewish dialogue including, John T. Pawlikowski, Mary C. Boys, Eugene Fisher, Michael McGarry, Franklin Sherman, Alice Eckardt and Celia Deutsch that explores how interreligious friendship informs personal identity and theology.

More broadly, Jillian is interested in the interplay among the grassroots, scholarly and ecclesial spheres of interreligious dialogue, power and gender in dialogue, and the question of what happens “after dialogue.” In other words, how are individuals and communities affected by the dialogical encounter with the other and with other religious communities.

Jillian has served as the President of the Boston College Graduate Student Association, has coordinated and planned several conferences and research symposia, and was the web and newsletter layout editor for Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church (CTEWC). She is a member of CTS, AAR and is currently co-convener of the Christianity and Judaism Consultation of the CTSA.

Jillian grew up in Reading, PA and currently lives in Weymouth, MA with her husband, Colin, and daughter, Lilly.


From the Trenches: A Reflection on the Preparatory Document on the Synod on Marriage and Family,” The FIRST: The Newsletter of Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church, December 2013.

Catherine Cornille and Jillian Stout Maxey, eds. Women and Interreligious Dialogue. Eugene, OR: Cascade books, forthcoming.

Jillian Stout (Maxey), “Stained Glass Tracery: Outlining the Form and Iconography of Chagall’s The Good Samaritan,” Providence College Art Journal (Providence, RI: Providence College, 2006).


“Priest, Prophet and King: Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel’s Threefold Witness to 20th c. America,” History, Nationalism, and Community in Modern Judaism panel, History of Religion Conference, Boston College, March 28-29, 2014.

“Narrative of Friendship as Tools for Teaching Theology Comparatively,” CTS 2013 Annual Meeting (accepted).

“Doing Comparative Theology ‘In the Middle of Things:’ Michael Barnes’ Theology of Dialogue and the Interpersonal Dimension of Dialogue,” Engaging Particularities Conference, Boston College, March 22, 2013.

“The Sacrament of Marriage in Today’s World,” guest speaker, Introduction to Christian Theology, Boston College, Spring 2011.

“Meeting on Common Ground,” retreat director, Common Ground Interfaith Retreat, Boston College, February 20-22, 2009.


Religious Quest II, Summer 2014

TH 161 and 162 Religious Quest II: Judaism and Christianity, 2013-2014

Teaching Assistantship

TH 222 Bioethics and Social Justice, Prof. Lisa Cahill, Spring 2012
TH 161 and 162 Religious Quest II: Judaism and Christianity, Prof. Ruth Langer, 2012-2013


Donald J. White Graduate Student Teaching Excellence Award, 2013-2014