Humphries-Brooks came to Hamilton in 1983 as a visiting instructor of religion. He received the Ph.D. in religion from Columbia University/Union Theological Seminary with a specialization in New Testament studies. Teaching and research interests include literary and social-historical criticism of the Gospels, religion in film, early Christian mysticism, theories and methods for the study of religion. Humphroies-Brooks' early research and publication concentrated on the Gospel of Matthew. His most recent book, Cinematic Savior: Hollywood's Making of the American Christ (Praeger, 2006) examines how the life of Jesus has been portrayed in mainstream films. His current book project, Raging Gods, also a class—RelSt 421—discusses the contributions of Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese to the religious culture in American Film.