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Meet Our Faculty

Abhishek Amar

Abhishek Amar, Associate Professor of Religious Studies

B.A., Dyal Singh College; M.A. and M.Phil., Jawaharlal Nehru University; Ph.D., University of London
Areas of expertise: archaeological history of South Asian religions, especially Buddhist and Hindu traditions; research in themes of inter-religious dynamics, syncretism and religious transformation; colonialism and reconfigurations of sacred centers; and religion and water management in the Buddhist and Hindu traditions
Sarah Griffis

Sarah Griffis, Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

B.A., University of Arkansas; M.T.S., Harvard Divinity School; Ph.D., Harvard University
Areas of expertise: history of early Christianity, New Testament, early Christian martyrdom, ancient Christianity in a Jewish and Greco-Roman context, archaeology, ancient reception of the classics, literary theory and genre studies, theory and method in the study of religion
Quincy Newell

Quincy Newell, Professor of Religious Studies

B.A., Amherst College; M.A. and Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Areas of expertise: American religious history, religion in the American West, interreligious contact, religious experience of racial/ethnic and religious minorities, Native American religious history, African American religious history, Mormonism, gender and religion
Heidi Ravven

Heidi Ravven, Professor of Religious Studies

B.A., M.A., and Ph.D., Brandeis University
Areas of expertise: Baruch Spinoza, Moses Maimonides, neuroethics, Jewish studies
S. Brent Rodriguez-Plate

S. Brent Rodriguez-Plate, Professor of Religious Studies, By Special Appointment

B.A., Seattle Pacific University; M.A.T.S., Columbia Seminary; M.Th. University of Glasgow; Ph.D., Emory University
Areas of expertise: religion and media, religion and popular culture, comparative religions, blasphemy and controversial art, religious life in the U.S.
Seth Schermerhorn

Seth Schermerhorn, Associate Professor of Religious Studies

B.A., Colorado State University; M.A., University of Colorado; Ph.D., Arizona State University
Areas of expertise: anthropology of religion, global Christianities, religion in American, Native American religious traditions, traditional ecological knowledge, pilgrimage, personhood and place
Yonatan Shemesh

Yonatan Shemesh, Visiting Instructor of Religious Studies

B.A., Bowdoin College; M.S., Fordham University Graduate School of Education; M.A., University of Chicago Divinity School
Steve Humphries-Brooks

Steve Humphries-Brooks, Professor of Religious Studies Emeritus (retired)

A.B. William Jewell College; M.Div. Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; M.Phil. and Ph.D., Columbia University/Union Theological Seminary
Areas of expertise: New Testament studies, literary and social-historical criticism of the Gospels, religion in film, early Christian mysticism, theories and methods for the study of religion

Richard Seager, the Bates and Benjamin Professor of Classical and Religious Studies Emeritus (retired)

B.A., University of Wisconsin; M.T.S., Harvard Divinity School; M.A., Harvard University; Ph.D., Harvard University
Areas of expertise: religions of the United States with emphasis on new, marginal or excluded groups and their relationships to the core American values; Buddhism in the U.S. over the last century; Mexican-U.S. border issues and tensions
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Religious Studies Department

198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323
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