Jacqueline Borsje is a specialist in the Academic Study of Religion and Celtic Studies. She teaches the cultural history of Christianity and was principal investigator of the NWO-VIDI research project 'The power of words in medieval Ireland' at the University of Amsterdam, and Associate Member of the Research Institute for Irish and Celtic Studies of the University of Ulster.
Jacqueline Borsje studied Religious Studies (Godsdienstwetenschap) and Theology at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam and graduated in 1988 (cum laude), after which she read Old and Middle Irish at Utrecht University. In 1996 she was awarded a PhD (cum laude) at the Vrije Universiteit. Her PhD-thesis was published as From Chaos to Enemy: Encounters with Monsters in Early Irish Texts. An investigation related to the process of christianization and the concept of evil (Turnhout: Brepols, 1996). For other books and articles, see the extensions to this site.
In the Netherlands, she held several research fellowships, financed by N.W.O. (at the Department of Theology of the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam; at the Research Institute for History and Culture of the University of Utrecht ; and at the Department of Art, Religion and Culture Studies of the University of Amsterdam). She has been a research fellow at the School of Celtic Studies of the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (1997-2000) and held a research lectureship in Traditional Medieval Irish and European Cultures at the Research Institute for Irish and Celtic Studies at the University of Ulster (2006-2008). She was full professor of Medieval Irish Culture and Religion on a part-time basis at the same university (2012-2104). She is a member of AcademiaNet (http://www.academia-net.org/).