Alice A. Keefe

Professor of Religious Studies
Department Chair


Ph.D. - Religion from Syracuse University, 1995
M.A. - Religion from Claremont School of Theology, 1984
B.A. - History from Dartmouth College, 1981

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)


Alice A. Keefe is a scholar of women and religion with focus on the gender symbolism in the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament).  Her book, Women's Body and the Social Body in Hosea (Sheffield, 2001), offers a new approach to the interpretation of Hosea's famous marriage metaphor.   Prof. Keefe also has published in the area of Buddhist-Christian dialogue and served for ten years as book review editor for the journal of Buddhist Christian Studies

Prof. Keefe comes from the northeast (New York and New Hampshire) but has lived in Stevens Point since 1994.  She enjoys downhill skiing, sailing, gardening and meditation in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.   She is married to Joseph Waligore and has three adult children who all live in Brooklyn.  

Scholarly Activities

Selected publications in biblical studies

"Hosea, Book of," pp. 823-37 in Fortress Commentary on the Old Testament,  eds. Gale Yee, Hugh Page and Matthew Coomber, Fortress Press, 2014.

"Hosea's (In)Fertility God", in Horizons in Biblical Theology 30/1 (2008): 21-41.

Women's Body and the Social Body in Hosea. Culture, Gender and Theory Series, Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplement Series. Sheffield Academic Press, 2001.

"Rapes of Women/Wars of Men," in Women, War and Metaphor. Language and Society in the Study of the Hebrew Bible (Semeia 61), eds. Claudia Camp and Carole Fountaine, pp. 79-98, 1993.

Selected publications in Buddhist Christian Studies

"Visions of Interconnectedness in Engaged Buddhism and Feminist Theology," in Buddhist-Christian Studies 17 (1997): 61-76.

"Tending the Fire of Anger:  A Feminist Defense of a Much Maligned Emotion," in Buddhist Christian Studies 39 (forthcoming)


  • Philosophy Department Chair, 2019 to present
  • General Education Committee, Chair, 2015-2016
  • President, Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies, 2013-2015
  • Book Review Editor, Buddhist-Christian Studies, 1999-2011
  • Women's Studies Coordinator, 2000-03; 2006-08
  • Faculty Affairs Committee, Chair, 2007-09, member 2009-11

​Contact Information

​Office: ​CCC 489A/412
​Phone: ​715.346.3205/3807
​Fax: ​715.346.4215


REL 101 Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
REL 202​

​Introduction to the Study of Religion

​Rel 302​Religion and Cultural Conflict
REL 303

​Jewish Scriptures

​Rel 307​Religion and Health
REL 311 Religion in America
REL 330 Women and Religion
REL 450
Senior Seminar on Comparative Mysticism
REL 450

Senior Seminar on Women in the Biblical World

​Rel 363​Religion and Society in Ancient Israel