Jane Williams-Hogan

Co-Director of Master of Arts in Religious Studies / Professor Emerita of Sociology


  • PhD, Sociology, University of Pennsylvania
  • MA, Human Relations, University of Pennsylvania
  • BA, English, University of Pennsylvania


  • Organizer of Swedenborg Symposium 1988
  • Organizer of Program Unit of Swedenborg & Swedenborg Studies at the American Academy of Religion Annual Meetings 1991-1997
  • Visiting Professor at Bordeaux University, France 2003
  • Author of Swedenborg e le Chiese swedenborgiane, Torino: Elledici, 2004
  • Presenter at the Last Judgment Conference, October, 5-6, 2007, Bryn Athyn, PA.  “A New Refrain: The Child and “Songs of Innocence.”
  • Organizer and presenter at the Symposium on “Emanuel Swedenborg— Exploring a “World Memory: Context, Content, Contribution.” Paper: “Swedish Lutheran Contribution to the work Marriage Love.” Royal Academy of Sciences, Stockholm, Sweden, 2010
  • “Emanuel Swedenborg’s Contribution to Spirituality in the Twenty-First Century.” Interdisciplinary Net Conference in Prague, CZ March 2014
  • Paper presented at the Carl Bernhard Wadström Conference on Human Rights and the Abolition of Slavery, titled: “The Swedenborgian Foundations of Wadström’s Plan for a Free Community in Sierra Leone.” London, June 2-4, 2015
  • Chaired a Panel at the International Association of the History of Religions World Congress on Swedenborg’s Written Revelation: The Dynamics of Its Reception, and presenting a paper: “The Call of Charismatic Books: Swedenborg, Artists, Writers, and Spiritual Seekers,” Erfurt Germany, August 23-29, 2015
  • Co-Organizer of Conference on “Swedenborg and the Arts,” June 6-9, 2017

Areas of Expertise/Interest

  • Sociology of Religion
  • History and Sociology of the New Church world-wide
  • Emanuel Swedenborg
  • Influence of Swedenborg and Swedenborgianism on art, culture, literature, philosophy, and religion