Susan R. Holman, MS, MTS, PhD

Susan R. Holman, MS, MTS, PhD

John R. Eckrich Chair and Professor of Religion and the Healing Arts, Valparaiso University
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Dr. Susan Holman is a writer and research scholar whose work explores intersections between and across religion, global health, and the history of medicine, with a focus on themes of food, poverty, and social justice. A graduate of the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Dr. Holman completed a clinical internship at the Frances Stern Nutrition Center at Tufts Medical Center, and worked in public health and maternal-child nutrition as a Registered Dietitian (RD) at Boston’s South End Community Health Center and the Joslin Diabetes Center. She received a Master’s degree in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School and a PhD in Religious Studies from Brown. Her publications include six books, three with Oxford University Press, as well as a number of articles, book chapters, case studies, translations, and international co-authored or co-edited white papers and reports in public health. Between 2007 and 2018, she served as an academic writer and editor at Harvard University, in health and human rights, and in global health. She has also served as an invited visiting scholar on research projects at the University of Virginia, Catholic University of Leuven, and the Israel Institute for Advanced Studies at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Her 2015 book, Beholden: Religion, Global Health, and Human Rights, received the 2016 Grawemeyer Award in Religion for its ideas exploring how a combined approach, one that incorporates religious views and traditions with dialogue about economic and social rights, may be useful in responding to global health challenges across time.