Type: Faculty

Michael Penn

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

Michael Penn, Professor of Religious Studies, is a specialist in the history of early Christianity with a particular focus on middle eastern Christians who wrote in the Aramaic dialect of Syriac. Professor Penn’s first book, Kissing Christians: Ritual and Community in the Late Ancient Church, was published in 2005 by the University of Pennsylvania Press. … Continued

Michaela Mross

Friday, October 7th, 2016

PhD, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany, 2014 MA, University of Hamburg, Germany, 2007 BM, Berklee College of Music, Boston, USA, 2000 Michaela Mross is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies. She specializes in Japanese Buddhism, with a particular emphasis on Sōtō Zen, Buddhist rituals, sacred music, as well as manuscript and print culture in premodern Japan. She has … Continued

Jane Shaw

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Professor Shaw works on the history of modern Christianity, with a particular focus on Britain and the USA. She is especially interested in the impact of lived religion (or religious practice) on intellectual history, which she explored in her book Miracles in Enlightenment England (Yale 2006). Her more recent work is on the late 19th … Continued

Mark E. Lewis

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Research Interests Mark Edward Lewis’s research deals with many aspects of Chinese civilization in the late pre-imperial, early imperial and middle periods (contemporary with the centuries in the West from classical Greece through the early Middle Ages), and with the problem of empire as a political and social form. His first book, Sanctioned Violence in Early … Continued

Thomas Sheehan

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

Thomas Sheehan specializes in contemporary European philosophy and its relation to religious questions, with particular interests in Heidegger and Roman Catholicism. His books include: Making Sense of Heidegger: A Paradigm Shift (2015), Martin Heidegger, Logic: The Question of Truth (trans., 2010); Becoming Heidegger (2007); Edmund Husserl: Psychological and Transcendental Phenomenology and the Encounter with Heidegger (1997); Karl … Continued

Lee H. Yearley

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

Lee Yearley works in comparative religious ethics and poetics, focusing on materials from China and the West. He is the author of The Ideas of Newman: Christianity and Human Religiosity and Mencius and Aquinas: Theories of Virtue and Conceptions of Courage (recently translated into Chinese), as well as numerous journal articles and essays in edited volumes. Professor Yearley … Continued

Brent Sockness

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

My teaching covers a variety of thinkers, movements, and topics in the history of European and North American religious thought since the seventeenth century and explores the way in which the Christian religion has undergone modernization via its engagement with the rise of modern philosophy, the natural sciences, critical history, and liberal political institutions. My … Continued

Barbara Pitkin

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

Barbara Pitkin specializes in the history of Christian thought, with a particular emphasis on the religious developments in late medieval and early modern Europe. She received her B.A. in German language and literature from Carleton College and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago Divinity School. Dr. Pitkin teaches courses on the history … Continued

Kathryn Gin Lum

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

Kathryn Gin Lum is Assistant Professor in the Religious Studies Department, in collaboration with the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, and History (by courtesy) at Stanford. She is also affiliated with American Studies and Asian American Studies. Her teaching and research focus on the lived ramifications of religious beliefs; she specializes in … Continued