Arts, Humanities, and Languages Department: Faculty and Staff

Kitts, Margo Ph.D.
Professor of Humanities and Religious Studies
Coordinator, Religious Studies and East-West Classical Studies

Office Location: 1188 Fort St. Mall, Mezzanine #4
Office Phone: (808) 687-7026

Kitts HUM

Professor Kitts received her PhD from the Joint Doctoral Program in Near Eastern Religions, at UC Berkeley and the GTU. Although her research in graduate school was on Homeric and Hittite traditions, she now writes not only on Homer, but on contemporary religious violence. She coordinates the programs in religious studies and east-west classical studies, and teaches occasionally for the master’s program in global leadership and sustainability.

Her books include Sanctified Violence in Homeric Society (Classical Studies, Cambridge University Press 2005, 2012) Ritual Dynamics and the Science of Ritual, Volume III, co-editor (Harrassowitz 2010), Princeton Readings in Religion and Violence, co-editor with Mark Juergensmeyer (Religious Studies, Princeton University Press, 2011), and Oxford Handbook of Religion and Violence (co-editor with Mark Juergensmeyer and Michael Jerryson; forthcoming in December 2012).

In addition, she has written numerous scholarly articles. Some recent examples are “The Last Night: Ritualized Violence and the Last Instructions of 9/11” (Journal of Religion Jul 2010 90:3, 283-312.), “Poinē as a Ritual Leitmotif in the Iliad” (in Ritual Studies Symposium Band III (State, Power, and Violence), Harrassowitz 2010); entries on Mohamed Atta, Cosmic War, Epic of Gilgamesh, the Ancient Near East in the Sage Encyclopedia of Global Religions (2011), "Ritual Scenes in the Iliad: Rote, Hallowed, or Encrypted as Ancient Art?" Oral Traditions, March 2011, "The Ancient Near-Eastern Chaoskampf in the River-Battle of Iliad 21," Journal of Ancient Near Eastern Religions 13 (2013) 86-112, "What's religious about the Iliad?" Religion Compass 7/7 (2013) 225-244, and "Suicide in World Religions: A Sketch," Brill Vocabulary for the Study of World Religions, Edd Robert Segal and Kocku von Stuckrad.