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Comparative Religion

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Faculty List

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JAMES K. WELLMAN, JR.
Program Chair PhD  University of Chicago Divinity School (1995)
Professor, Jackson School of International Studies; Religion in America, Religion and culture, Theory of religion.
jwellman@uw.edu
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MIKA AHUVIA
PhD Princeton
Assistant Professor, Jewish Studies Program
Jewish history, rabbinic literature, second temple Judaism, ancient Jewish magic, Jewish liturgy, Greco-Roman archaeology, New Testament and early Christianity, Hebrew Bible.
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PHILIP BALLINGER
PhD Louvain (1998)
Associate Vice Provost for Enrollment and Undergraduate Admissions 
Faculty Affiliate, Language and Religious Experience, Early Christianity, Christianity and Mysticism.
philipba@uw.edu
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DANIEL CHIROT
PhD, Columbia (1973)
Herbert J. Ellison Professor of Russian and Eurasian Studies; Ethnic and religious conflict, genocide, political sociology, tyranny.
chirot@uw.edu
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COLLETT D. COX
PhD Columbia (1983)
Professor, Asian Languages and Literature; Buddhism, study of religion.
collett@uw.edu
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SARA CURRAN
PhD University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (1994)
Director, International Studies & Associate Director, CSDE, Jackson School
Associate Professor, Evans School
scurran@uw.edu
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TER ELLINGSON

PhD Wisconsin (1979)
Professor, Music. Adjunct, Anthropology and South Asian Studies; Tibet, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Buddhist Cultures, Shamanism, ritual; Ghana, African traditional religions, religious change and conflict.
ellingsn@uw.edu
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ANTHONY GILL
PhD UCLA (1994)
Professor, Political Science; Latin America, Protestantism, religious liberty, economic models of religion.
tgill@u.washington.edu
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ELLIS GOLDBERG
PhD California-Berkeley (1983)
Professor, Political Science; Islam, religion and politics in the Middle East. goldberg@u.washington.edu
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ALEXANDER HOLLMANN
PhD Harvard University (1998)
Associate Professor, Classics
hollmann@u.washington.edu
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CLARK B. LOMBARDI
PhD Columbia (Religion: 2001), J.D. Columbia (Law: 1998)
Professor, School of Law; Law and Religion, Islamic Law, Church and State.
lombardi@u.washington.edu
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SCOTT NOEGEL
PhD Cornell (1995)
Professor, Chair, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization; Adjunct History, Adjunct Comparative Literature. Hebrew Bible, ancient Near Eastern religions.
snoegel@uw.edu
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CHRISTIAN LEE NOVETZKE 
PhD Columbia (2002) Associate Professor, Indian history, religion, media, film, and culture from the 16th century to the contemporary period; Hinduism, Sikhism, Islam, and Buddhism in India.
novetzke@uw.edu
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MARY R. O'NEIL
PhD Stanford (1982)
Associate Professor, History; Renaissance and Reformation.
oneilmr@u.washington.edu
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ARZOO OSANLOO
PhD Stanford (Anthropology 2002); JD American (1993), Associate Professor, Law, Societies and Justice Program;
Human rights, Anthropology of law, gender and Islam, refugee and asylum, liberalism, sovereignty.
aosanloo@u.washington.edu
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STEVEN J. PFAFF
PhD New York University (1999)
Associate Professor, Sociology
pfaff@u.washington.edu
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HEIDI PAUWELS
PhD University of Washington (1994)
Professor, Asian Languages and Literature; Hindi language and literature, Sanskrit religious literature, Hinduism, esp. medieval devotional literature; hagiographies; goddesses and their representation in classical, medieval and contemporary texts, including film and television.
hpauwels@u.washington.edu
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NOAM PIANKO
PhD Yale (2004)
Associate Professor, Jewish Studies. American Jewish History, History of Jewish Nationalism, Modern Jewish thought.
npianko@uw.edu


CABEIRI de BERGH ROBINSON
PhD Cornell (2005)
Assistant Professor, South Asian Studies; Political Islam, Modern South Asia (esp. Kashmir, Pakistan, India), Comparative Muslim Societies, Anthropology of political violence, history and memory, human rights and humanitarian interventions.
cdr33@u.washington.edu
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RICHARD G. SALOMON
PhD Pennsylvania (1975)
Professor, Asian Languages and Literature; "Early Indian Buddhism; Indian Buddhist textual studies; Gandharan studies.
rsalomon@u.washington.edu
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MARK A. SMITH
PhD Univ. Minnesota (1997)
Professor, Political Science, American Politics, Methodology.
masmith@u.washington.edu
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CLARKE K. SPEED
PhD University of Washington (1991)
Lecturer, University Honors Program and African Studies. West Africa, Caribbean, and Diaspora; African Cosmologies, African Christianity, Secrecy; the Witch; Mystical Crisis, Public Mystical Practices in Colonial Spaces.


SARAH STROUP
PhD University of California-Berkeley (2000)
Associate Professor, Classics. Latin prose literature of the Republic and early empire; art scstroup@u.washington.edu
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KYOKO TOKUNO
PhD California-Berkeley (1994)
Senior Lecturer, Jackson School of International Studies, Chinese and Japanese Buddhism.
tokuno@uw.edu
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JOEL THOMAS WALKER
PhD Princeton (1998)
Associate Professor, History, Religions of late antiquity; Syriac Christianity. jwalker@u.washington.edu
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MICHAEL A. WILLIAMS

PhD Harvard (1977)
Professor, Jackson School of International Studies; Early Christianity, religion in late antiquity, Study of religion.
maw@uw.edu
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GLENNYS J. YOUNG
PhD California-Berkeley (1989)
Professor, Jackson School of International Studies; Imperial and Soviet Russia
glennys@uw.edu
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HAMZA ZAFER
PhD Cornell (2014)
Assistant Professor, Early Islam and Late Antique Judaism, Quran and early Muslim exegesis, early Muslim historiography and salvation histories, Aggadic Midrash and the Geonim, the Judeo-Arabic corpus.
hmzafer@uw.edu
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Associate Members

JERE L. BACHARACH
PhD Michigan (1967)
Professor, Emeritus, History and International Studies; early Islamic, medieval, and modern Middle East, Ottoman Empire.


FREDERICK BRANDAUER
Professor, Emeritus of Chinese


ROBERT C. COBURN
PhD Harvard (1958)
Professor, Emeritus, Philosophy; religion and philosophy.


FRANK F. CONLON
PhD Minnesota (1969)
Professor, Emeritus History; religions of India


JAMES W. GREEN
PhD Washington (1972)
Emeritus Senior Lecturer, Anthropology; phenomenology of religious experience, death, Islam, Pakistan, West Indies.
jwgreen@u.washington.edu


LINDA L. ILTIS
PhD Wisconsin-Madison (1985)
Academic Counselor-Lead, Lecturer, International Studies; Buddhism, Hinduism, Religion in Africa, South Asian and West African spirit possession and healing, women and religion, anthropology of religion, ritual studies, kingship, Nepali, Newari, Sanskrit textual studies and oral traditions, Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, Ghana. Ghana Program: Religion, Performance & Identity: Modes of Empowerment.


MARTIN S. JAFFEE
PhD Brown (1980)
Professor emeritus, International Studies and adjunct, Near Eastern Languages and Civilization; Rabbinic Judaism, oral-traditional studies, comparative theory.
jaffee@uw.edu

ANNA KARTSONIS
PhD Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
Professor Emeritus, Art History; Early Christian, Byzantine and Medieval art and religion.


CHARLES F. KEYES
PhD Cornell (1967)
Professor Emeritus, Anthropology; anthropology of religion, Buddhism.
 


HUBERT G. LOCKE
MA, University of Michigan (1961)
Professor and Dean Emeritus of the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs, Urban Affairs, Law and Justice
 


JAMES MISHALANI
PhD Brown (1961)
Emeritus Associate Professor, Philosophy, Contemporary Continental Philosophy


KARL H. POTTER
PhD Harvard (1955)
Professor Emeritus, Philosophy and International Studies; Indian philosophy, epistemology
Professor Emeritus


LORNA A. RHODES
PhD Cornell (1973)
Associate Professor, Anthropology; medical anthropology and religion, religion in South Asia.
 

ROBERT C. STACEY
PhD Yale (1983)
Divisional Dean, Arts and Humanities Divisions; Professor, History, medieval Christianity and Judaism.


ROBIN C.  STACEY
PhD Yale (1986)
Associate Professor, History; medieval Christianity.


PHILIP L. TITE
PhD McGill University (2005),
Affiliate Lecturer, Comparative Religion Program; Early Christianity, Greco-Roman Social History, Ancient Epistolary and Rhetorical Practices, Method & Theory in the Study of Religion
 


EUGENE WEBB
PhD Columbia (1965)
Professor Emeritus, Comparative Literature and the Jackson School of International Studies. Philosophy, Christian thought.
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