Associate Professor; Director, Religious Studies Program
Major Interests: Cultural history/historical anthropology; critical theories of religion; religions of China; filaility in China; religion and media; history and anthropology of embodiment; gender; performance and subjectivity; documentary film.
Major Interests: Jewish-Christian relations in Late Antiquity; critical theories of religion; Syriac language and literature; reception of classical antiquity; religion in the modern Middle East.
Annette Yoshiko Reed
Major Interests: Second Temple Judaism, New Testament and early Christianity, Jews and Christians in late Antiquity, and Biblical interpretation and parabiblical literature
Major Interests: Christianity; secularism critical approaches to the study of religion; visual anthropology; public space; France; Europe; contemporary art; museums; capitalism; xenophobia and privilege
Major Interests: Chinese Buddhist understandings of contingency, effort, and the "natural"; Apocryphal Buddhist scriptures in medieval China; Chinese Buddhist characterizations of liberation as a kind of sovereignty; interactions between Buddhists and Daoists; and the relationship between metaphor, metaphysics, and materiality in Chinese religions.
Hent de Vries
Major Interests: Philosophy of religion, modern European thought, history and critique of metaphysics, religion and violence, religion and media, and literature and temporality
Visiting Assistant Professor
Major Interests: African-American religions, American evangelicalism, Christian history and ethics, theories and methods in the study of religion, and religion in/as American literature.