Noreen Khawaja specializes in 19th and 20th century European intellectual history, and particularly on the shifting status of religious ideas in late modern Western philosophy and culture. Her research examines the collapse of metaphysics both historically and philosophically. She looks at this issue in relation to secularity, the retrieval of theological traditions, and the rise of critical discourses on religion. She is currently working on a book that studies how Christian models of conversion formed the basis of the ideal of personal authenticity in existential thought, focusing on Søren Kierkegaard and Martin Heidegger.
She completed her Ph.D. from Stanford University in 2012. In 2010 she was a DAAD Research Fellow in the Philosophy Faculty of Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg. She has recently published an article on the problem of individuality in Kierkegaard and Karl Löwith. At Yale, she teaches courses on modern Christian thought, phenomenology, existentialism, and on a variety of topics in the philosophy of religion.