Elaine Pagels is Harrington Spear Paine Foundation Professor of Religion at Princeton University. A recipient of the MacArthur Prize, she has been recognized by the Rockefeller Foundation, Guggenheim Foundation, and the Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton. In 2012, she received Princeton University’s Howard T. Behrman Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Humanities. As one nominator wrote, Pagels has the ability “to show readers that the ancient texts she studies are concerned with the great questions of human existence though they may discuss them in … language very different from our own.”

Pagels’ 1979 book, The Gnostic Gospels, won the National Book Critic’s Circle Award and the National Book Award, and was chosen by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best books of the 20th century. Her other titles include the bestselling Origin of Satan (1995), Beyond Belief (2003), and most recently, Revelations (2012).