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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 Acddemic of Religion Annual Meeting, May 6-7, 2016. Watch for details.


We welcome Drs. Jeanette Jouil, assistant professor of modern/contemporary Islam, and Benjamin Gordon, Perlow Lecturr of Classical Judaism and the Anicent Near East.


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
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, Mrcous Chair in Contemporary Catholic Studies, promoted to full professor (2015)

Milica Bakić-Hyaden promoted to Lecturer 2 (2015)

Rebecca Devova 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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