People

 


                
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                Angela Zito
Associate Professor; Director, Religious Studies Program
Major Interests: Cultural history/historical anthropology; critical theories of religion; religions of China; filaility in China; religion and media; history and anthropology of embodiment; gender; performance and subjectivity; documentary film.
 

                
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                Adam H. Becker
Professor
Major Interests: Jewish-Christian relations in Late Antiquity; critical theories of religion; Syriac language and literature; reception of classical antiquity; religion in the modern Middle East.
 

                
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                Elayne Oliphant
Assistant Professor
Major Interests: Christianity; secularism critical approaches to the study of religion; visual anthropology; public space; France; Europe; contemporary art; museums; capitalism; xenophobia and privilege
 

                
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                James  Reich
Faculty Fellow
Major Interests: Religion in South Asia; Hinduism; Buddhism; Sanskrit; theory of religious studies; literature and religion.
 

                
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                Ryan Harper
Visiting Assistant Professor
Major Interests: African-American religions, American evangelicalism, Christian history and ethics, theories and methods in the study of religion, and religion in/as American literature.
 

                
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                Sarah Emanuel
Adjunct Instructor
Major Interests: New Testament; Christian origins; Second Temple and early Judaism; ancient Jewish-Christian encounters; Hebrew Bible; theory and method; gender and sexuality; biblical narrative; humor; trauma.
 

                
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                Laura McTighe
Adjunct Instructor
Major Interests: North American Religions, Race and Religion in the African Diaspora, Black Feminist Geographies, Carceral Studies, AIDS, Migration, Gender and Islam, Social Movements, Comparative Abolitions.
 

                
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                Joshua Schwartz
Adjunct Instructor
Major Interests: Jewish Mysticism, Comparative Mysticism, Phenomenology of Religion, Affect Theory, Jewish Theology, Hermeneutics of Experience.
 

Affiliated Faculty


Brigitte Miriam Bedos-Rezak
Professor
Major Interests: History and Theory; Semiotic Anthropology; Material Culture; Media and Communication; Historical Anthropology of the Middle Ages; Medieval France; Medieval Sign Theory; Medieval Diplomatics and Sigillography; Latin and Old French Paleography
 
Barbara Browning
Associate Professor
Major Interests: Brazil and the African diaspora; dance ethnography; race, gender and postcoloniality; spirit possession and healing.
 
Peter J Chelkowski
Professor Emeritus
Major Interests: literature, mysticism, Islamic studies and performing arts of the Middle East.
 
Hasia R. Diner
Professor; Director, Goldstein-Goren Center for American Jewish History; Director of Undergraduate Studies
Major Interests: American Jewish history, American immigration history and women's history
 
Daniel E. Fleming
Professor
Major Interests: Assyriology; Hebrew Bible interpretation and cultural history; ancient Syria; Emar; ancient religion; interplay of ancient Near Eastern societies
 
Michael Gilsenan
Professor
Major Interests: Anthropology and sociology of Islam, history and anthropology, narrative theory, anthropology of power and violence, urban studies, cultural representation
 
Faye Ginsburg
Major Interests: Social anthropology; ethnographic film; ethnography of media; indigenous media; social movements in the United States; Disability.
 
Ogden Goelet
Clinical Professor
Major Interests: Religion and history of ancient Egyptian culture.
 
Alex P.  Jassen
Associate Professor
Major Interests: Dead Sea Scrolls, Second Temple Judaism, Hebrew Bible, Rabbinic Judaism, Early Christianity, Biblical Interpretation, History of Law, Religion and Violence
 
Deborah Kapchan
Professor
Major Interests: Narrative, poetics, feminist theory, music, aesthetics, North Africa and the Middle East.
 
Marion Holmes Katz
Professor
Major Interests: Islamic law (shari'a), gender, and ritual
 
Aisha Khan
Associate Professor
Major Interests: Caribbean, Latin America, race and ethnicity, religion (particularly obeah, Islam, Afro-Atlantic religions), theory and method in diaspora studies, creolization.
 
Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett
Professor
Major Interests: Jewish cultural performance, aesthetics of everyday life, tourism, museums, and heritage.
 
Kenneth Krabbenhoft
Professor
 
Karen Kupperman
Professor
Major Interests: Early modern Atlantic world; American colonization; American Indian history
 
David Levene
Professor; , Department Chair
Major Interests: Latin prose literature, Roman religion, Roman Republican history
 
Fred R. Myers
Professor
Major Interests: Indigenous people and politics, Aboriginal Australia; exchange theory and material culture; anthropology of art and contemporary artworlds; the production and circulation of culture; in identity and personhood; theories of value and practices of signification.
 
Nancy Freeman Regalado
Professor; Director, Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program
Major Interests: Medieval literature and culture; lyric and narrative; reader reception and performance theory
 
Edward H Roesner
Professor Emeritus
Major Interests: Currently engaged on studies of the 12th-century Codex Callixtinus and a book on the Las Huelgas Codex, medieval music (12th- and 13th-century polyphony, Gregorian chant, music theory and aesthetics), paleography, history of liturgy, early music performance practice, medieval studies.
 
Avital Ronell
Professor; University Professor of the Humanities
Major Interests: Literary and other discourses; feminist and queer letters; philosophy; technology and media; psychoanalysis; deconstruction; performance art.
 
Jeffrey L. Rubenstein
Professor
Major Interests: Rabbinic stories; Talmud; Jewish law; Jewish liturgy; ethics; Second Temple literature
 
Sinclair Thomson
Associate Professor
Major Interests: Colonial Latin America; Andean region; peasant and Indian politics; Andean religion; race/ethnicity; historical imagination and political memory; Bolivian history and politics.
 
Evelyn Birge Vitz
Professor; Director of Undergraduate Studies
 
Peter Wosh
Clinical Professor; Director, Archives/Public History Program
Major Interests: Archival management; Public history; American Christianity; local and community history; institutions and organizations.
 
Faculty Emeritus