Arizona State University

Research Topic

An Early History of Compassion: Emotional Rhetoric and Power Dynamics


Francoise Mirguet received her Ph.D. from the University of Louvain in 2007. Mirguet is Assistant Professor at Arizona State University, where she is also a member of the Center for Jewish Studies. Before joining Arizona State University, she was the recipient of a three-year post-doctoral fellowship from the Belgian Research Council - FNRS (2007-2010).  Her current research focuses on emotions in ancient Jewish literature.  She teaches Biblical Hebrew, as well as courses on biblical literature and Ancient Judaism. Mirguet's current book project is entitled An Early History of Compassion. Her first book, Representations of the Divine in the Narratives of the Pentateuch (in French), was published in 2009 by Brill. She has also published several peer-reviewed articles in different journals, such as the Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha, the Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, Biblical Interpretation, and the Zeitschrift für die Alttestamentliche Wissenschaft. Her latest article "Emotional Responses to the Pain of Others in Josephus' Rewritten Scriptures and in the Testament of Zebulun: Between Power and Vulnerability," appeared in the December 2014 issue of the Journal of Biblical Literature.  In Spring 2013, Professor Mirguet was a fellow at the Harvard Center for Hellenic Studies. Her research is now supported by a Fellowship from the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture.  She has been part of the Fellow Program at the ASU Institute for Humanities Research (2011-2012), and has co-led with Joel Gereboff a research cluster devoted to interdisciplinary approaches to emotions, also funded by the Institute for Humanities Research (2010-2011). 



Exploring aspects of internal life that lie beyond reason—emotions and feelings, the unconscious, sensation, imagination, impulse, intuition, and the nonrational dimensions of reason itself.