Professor of Religion, Department Head

Contact Info

Contact information:

Director, Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Terrorism and Peace (CISTP)
Professor of Religion, Dept. of Philosophy and Religion
James Madison University
MSC 8006
104 Cleveland Hall
Harrisonburg, VA 22807
phone: 540.568.2830


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 gaps between academic subject matter experts, the intelligence community, public policy arenas, and NGOs. Her latest books are Understanding Apocalyptic Terrorism: Countering the Radical Mindset (Routledge, 2016) and a co-edited volume with Rodney Werline, The Bible in Political Debate: What Does It Really Say? (Bloomsbury/T&T Clark, 2016).

Flannery works at the intersections between biblical studies and a host of contemporary challenges, including terrorism, environmental degradation, and religion and politics. In antiquity, she has also researched early Jewish mysticism, Jewish and Christian dreams and visions, and religious experience. Her many publications include two books, two co-edited book projects, over twenty five peer-reviewed major articles or book chapters, and over ten smaller articles, encyclopedia articles, and reviews. She is regularly invited to speak and has presented over fifty times at academic conferences, intelligence workshops, and public speaking events at Universities.

Selected Publications:

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.

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