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Jennifer Howe Peace, Ph.D.

University Chaplain ad interim


Ph.D. Graduate Theological Union, Historical, Cultural Study of Religions

M.A.T.S. Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

B.A. Connecticut College


Dr. Jennifer Howe Peace became University Chaplain ad interim of Tufts University in August 2019. She leads the University Chaplaincy team in supporting all religious, spiritual, and philosophical life at Tufts; educates about spiritual and ethical issues in society and the world; and coordinates pastoral care, multifaith initiatives, and strategic partnerships around the university and beyond.

Before coming to Tufts, Dr. Peace was the first associate professor of Interfaith Studies at Andover Newton Theological School where she co-founded and co-directed the Center for Interreligious and Communal Leadership Education (CIRCLE) a joint program between ANTS and the Rabbinical School at Hebrew College. Dr. Peace is the founding co-chair of the Interreligious and Interfaith Studies program unit at the American Academy of Religion (AAR). In 2017 she launched an AAR affiliated Association for Interreligious / Interfaith Studies. Most recently Dr. Peace was a faculty consultant for the Bridging Faith Traditions Program at Yale Divinity School and continues to serve as a senior consultant to the Pluralism Project at Harvard.

 Dr. Peace has been an interfaith organizer and educator since the 1990’s.  She was a founding board member of the United Religions Initiative, a founding leader of the Interfaith Youth Core, a founding member of the Daughters of Abraham book groups, and director of the Interreligious Center for Public Life.

 Author of numerous articles, essays and chapters on interfaith cooperation, Dr. Peace’s most recent publication is a  co-edited volume, Interreligious/ Interfaith Studies: Defining a New Field, published by Beacon in August, 2018. In 2014 she helped launch and co-edited a multi-year series called, Interreligious Studies in Theory and Practice, for Palgrave, Macmillan. Her first co-edited book, My Neighbor’s Faith: Stories of Interreligious Encounter, Growth, and Transformation (Orbis 2012), received a 2013 Catholic Press Association Book Award in Pastoral Ministry.