Elizabeth Anderson

Elizabeth Anderson

Swarthmore College

Trinity College Dublin (TCD)


Dr. Liza Anderson is a historical theologian who focuses on the ecumenical history of Christian spirituality, monasticism, and the history of ancient and medieval Christianity outside of Europe. She has held faculty positions in church history and ascetical theology at Episcopal Divinity School, Claremont School of Theology, and General Theological Seminary.

As a 2006 Mitchell Scholar, Liza earned an MPhil in ecumenical studies at Trinity College Dublin, and volunteered as a tour guide at the Chester Beatty Library, which holds a significant collection of religious manuscripts.  She is the past president of the North American Academy of Ecumenists, serves on the board of the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality, and is the associate editor of the Anglican Theological Review. She has been involved nationally and internationally in ecumenical and interreligious dialogue, has taught at seminaries in Iraq and Ukraine, and has studied Islam and Muslim-Christian dialogue in Yemen, Egypt, and Morocco.

An Anglican, Liza was an active member of Saint Bartholomew’s Church in Dublin, and made lasting friendships at the Church of Ireland Theological Institute. She is currently a member of the Anglican-Oriental Orthodox International Commission, and has served the Episcopal Church as a member of the Executive Council, the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music, the General Board of Examining Chaplains, the Liberia Covenant Committee, and as liaison to the Anglican Church of Canada.

Liza graduated from Swarthmore College with highest honors in 2005, and holds an MDiv from Harvard Divinity School, an MBA from the College of Saint Scholastica, and a PhD from Yale Univer