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Europe and North America

The field of European and North American religion comprises the critical study of a variety of historical and contemporary religious expressions of North Atlantic provenance. Faculty strengths range from the study of American Religions in a global context, including but not limited to religion and race, missions and migration, nation building and settler colonialism; to modern Jewish thought and theology, with a particular emphasis in Jewish mysticism and Jewish ethics, both medieval and modern; to Christian thought and ethics in the wake of the European Reformations and Enlightenment; to continental philosophy of religion and phenomenology as well as comparative religious poetics and ethics.

Students will normally specialize in one or two of these areas, but will be expected to gain broad competence in the academic study of religion, including the various methods employed in their field: intellectual, social, and cultural history; philology, including the mastery of the requisite languages; and philosophy and comparative studies.

Faculty in the Departments of History and Philosophy; the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages; the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity; the McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society; and the Taube Center for Jewish Studies complement the faculty listed below.


Kathryn Gin Lum

Associate Professor of Religious Studies and, by courtesy, History
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Fiona Griffiths

Professor of History and, by courtesy, Religious Studies

Ari Y. Kelman

Associate Professor of Education and, by courtesy, Religious Studies

Ariel Evan Mayse

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
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Barbara Pitkin

Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies

Thomas Sheehan

Professor of Religious Studies and, by courtesy, German Studies and Philosophy
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Brent Sockness

Associate Professor of Religious Studies and, by courtesy, German Studies
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Sarah Willburn

Lecturer in Religious Studies

Lee Yearley

Walter Y. Evans-Wentz Professor of Oriental Philosophy, Religion, and Ethics