Dr. Kate Behr

Dr. Kate Behr

Professor of Literature

Kate Behr moved from England to the United States in 1995, and has been living the connections between theology and literature ever since – both in the classroom (as a Professor of English at a Christian college) and in the home. Her research interests in popular culture have led her to speak and to publish on romantic fakery, sensation fiction, narrative, and Harry Potter (examining the shift from a classical pagan myth in Book One to a Christian myth in Book Seven). Her interest in theology and children’s/young adult literature owes a lot to her experiences with her three children and church. She still reads children’s books.

Educational Background

  • B.A., University of London
  • D.Phil., Oxford University

Teaching Interests

  • Literature
  • Writing

Current Projects and Research Interests

I am perennially interested in the spiritual dimensions that emerge in popular fiction, particularly young adult fiction.

Recent Courses Taught at SVOTS

  • The Apocalypse in Literature
  • Death in Literature
  • The Devil in Literature
  • Theology and Science Fiction
  • Theology and Children's Literature
  • Poetry Sacred and Secular
  • Introduction to Theological Writing