Dr. Frances Flannery
Director, Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Terrorism and Peace (CISTP)
Associate Professor of Religion, Dept. of Philosophy and Religion
James Madison University
215 Cleveland Hall
Harrisonburg, VA 22807
Ph.D. in Religion, The University of Iowa (Judaism and Christianity in the Greco-Roman World)
M.A. in Religion, The University of Iowa
B.S. in Environmental Science, The College of William and Mary (Environmental Geology and Ecology)
Dr. Flannery is the 2012-2013 recipient of the Carl Harter Distinguished Teacher Award for the College of Arts and Letters. She teaches in the areas of Hebrew Bible, Judaism, religious terrorism, world religions, and religion and culture, including: World Religions (GREL 101); Introduction to the Hebrew Bible / Old Testament (REL 201); Judaism (REL 320); Religion and Film / Religion and Monsters (REL 300); Apocalypticism, Terrorism, and Peace (REL/IA 363); and Apocalypticism and Mysticism in Early Judaism and Early Christianity / Jewish Mysticism (REL 460). Dr. Flannery was a Finalist for the State Council for Higher Education in Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award.
Research and Outreach:
Professor Flannery is Director of the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Terrorism and Peace (CISTP) at JMU, which seeks to bridge the gap between academic subject matter experts, the intelligence community, and public policy arenas. She recently (2015) published a monograph entitled Understanding Apocalyptic Terrorism: Countering the Radical Mindset.
Her main area of research is apocalypticism from its origins to the present day, including a present emphasis on understanding the relationships between apocalyptic thinking and religious/ideological terrorism. In addition to apocalyptic terrorism, she has also extensively researched early Jewish mysticism, Jewish and Christian dreams and visions, and religious experience, and is also deeply interested in the influence of religious systems on environmental sustainability. Her many publications include two books, over twenty peer-reviewed major articles or book chapters, and over ten smaller articles, encyclopedia articles, and reviews. With Rodney Werline, she co-founded the Religious Experience in Early Judaism and Early Christianity program unit (the "Experientia" group) of the Society of Biblical Literature.
Frances Flannery. Understanding Apocalyptic Terrorism: Countering the Radical Mindset (Routledge, 2015).
Frances Flannery, Michael L. Deaton, and Timothy R. Walton. “Radical Apocalypticism and Iranian Nuclear Proliferation: A Systems Oriented Analysis.” International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence. August, 2013.
Frances Flannery, “Dreams, Visions, and Religious Experience in the Apocalypses and Apocalypticism.” Oxford Handbook of Apocalypticism. Ed. John J. Collins. London: Oxford University Press. Forthcoming, 2013.
Frances Flannery, Colleen Shantz, Rodney Werline, eds. Experientia, Volume One: Inquiry into Religious Experience in Early Judaism and Early Christianity. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2008.
Frances Flannery, Dreamers, Scribes and Priests: Jewish Dreams in the Hellenistic and Roman Eras. Leiden: Brill, 2004.