Dr. Emily R. Mace comes to Harvard Square Library with a Ph.D. in Religion from Princeton University. She joined the Cambridge-based staff of the Harvard Square Library in the fall of 2011. As Director, she intends to continue the work the Rev. Dr. Herb Vetter began in his retirement, offering texts, biographies, and other sources that celebrate the liberal religious tradition. Another task of hers has been to bring a refreshed layout to the website that also offers integration with social media.
Dr. Mace brings to the Director’s position an academic background and personal interest in religious liberalism, as well as editorial and library experience. At Princeton, Dr. Mace wrote her dissertation, “Cosmopolitan Communions: Practices of Religious Liberalism in America, 1875-1930,” on liberal religious practices in America in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. These practices included rituals of fellowship, congregational dedication ceremonies, seasonal holidays, Sunday school curricula, and the creation of scriptural compilations. Her main academic interests include religious liberalism, religious pluralism and diversity in America, and gender and religion. She has taught classes in religion at Brevard College and Starr King School. She is an active member of the UU Scholars and Friends group that meets at the American Academy of Religion’s Annual Meeting.
Prior to studying at Princeton, she received her M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School in 2003, where she participated in HUUMS, the student Unitarian Universalist group. She received her B.A. from Amherst College in 2000. Dr. Mace lives in the northern suburbs of Chicago.