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Department of Religious Studies

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New & Noteworthy

The Department of Religious Studies will host the Eastern International Region/American Academic of Religion Annual Meeting, May 6-7, 2016. Watch for details.


1160: Jerusalem: History and Imagination
1518: Religion and Ecology
1520: Buddhist Civilization—Buddhism Along the Silk Road
1725: Death in the Healthcare Professions


We welcome Drs. Jeanette Jouili, assistant professor of modern/contemporary Islam, and Benjamin Gordon, Perlow Lecturer of Classical Judaism and the Ancient Near East.


October 8, 2015: The Diary of Anne Frank at the Pittsburgh Public Theater, with introduction by Rachel Kranson, assistant professor of Religious Studies, University of Pittsburgh

October 19, 2015: From Jewish to Black: The Strange Career of the Word Ghetto, Daniel B. Schwartz, associate professor of History, George Washington University

October 26, 2015: The America that Greeted The Diary of Anne Frank: Postwar Jews and the Memory of the Holocaust, Hasia Diner, professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies and History, Paul S. and Sylvia Steinberg Professor of American Jewish History, director, Goldstein-Goren Center for American Jewish History, New York University


Clark Chilson, Secrecy's Power: Covert Shin Buddhists in Japan and Contraditions of Concealment, Nanzan Library of Asian Religion and Culture (UHP, 2014).

Jeanette S. Jouili, Pious Practice and Secular Constrants: Women in the Islamic Revival in Europe (Stanford, 2015).

Paula Kane, Sister Thorn and Catholic Mysticism in Modern America (UNC Press, 2013). View PODCAST interview with the author.

Rachel Kranson co-edits special issue of the Journal of Jewish Identities 8.2 (July 2015) on “Jewish Youth in the Global 1960”

Linda Penkower co-edits Hindu Rituals at the Margins: Innovatiions, Transformations, Reconsiderations (USCP, 2014)

Adam Shear co-edits Jewish Culture in Early Modern Europe: Essays in Honor of David B. Ruderman (HUCP/Pitt Press, 2014)


Adam Shear, along with his collaborators, launchd the pilot database of Footprints, a long-term digital humanities project that focuses on the circulation of Hebraica and Judaica in ealry modrn Europe and the Middle East.


Paula Kane, Marous Chair in Contemporary Catholic Studies, promoted to full professor (2015)

Milica Bakić-Hayden promoted to Lecturer 2 (2015)

Rebecca Denova promoted to Lecturer 2 (2014)

Maureen Henderson promoted to Administer 3


Adam Shear wins 2015 Special Initiative to Promote Scholarly Activities in the Humanities for the digital humanites project "Footprints: Jewish Books Through Time And Space."

Rebecca Denova wins 2015 CGS "Students' Choice Award."

Tucker Ferda (doctoral candidate) selected as a 2015 Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) Regional Scholar, which recognizes promising younger scholars in the field of biblical studies. Open to junior faculty and graduate students, Tucker was selected as one of only three Regional Scholars in US and Canada for 2015.

Emily Stewart (PhD student) wins the Best Graduate Student Paper Award, Eastern International Region/American Academy of Religion Annual Conference, 2015, for “Evangelizing the World (Wide Web): Christian Mission in Digital Contexts.”

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