Faculty

Regular Faculty

Prof. Kristi Upson-Saia

Kristi Upson-Saia, Chair

Professor, Religious Studies
B.A., University of Washington; M.Div., Princeton Theol. Sem.; Ph.D., Duke University
Areas of specialization: religions of the late ancient Mediterranean world; dress and performativity; history of medicine
Michael Amoruso

Michael Amoruso

Assistant Professor, Religious Studies
B.A., Lehigh University; M.A., University of Chicago; M.A., Ph.D., University of Texas, Austin
Areas of specialization: death, race and urban religion in the United States and Latin America.
Professor Amy Holmes Tagchungdarpa

Amy Holmes-Tagchungdarpa

Associate Professor, Religious Studies
B.A., Victoria University of Wellington; Ph.D., Australian National University
Areas of specialization: Buddhism in Tibet, the East and South Asian Himalayas, and beyond.

On Special Appointment

Religious Studies Hayes

Matthew Hayes

Non-Tenure Track Instructor, Religious Studies
B.A., M.A., University of Oregon; Ph.D., UCLA
Areas of specialization: Buddhist Studies, Japanese Studies, ritual studies, religious learning, performativity
Religious Studies Mixon

Candace Mixon

Non-Tenure Track Assistant Professor, Religious Studies
B.A., Vanderbilt University; M.A., McGill University; P.h.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Areas of specialization: Islamic studies, Iranian studies, contemporary Shi’ism, material religion, gender studies
Religious Studies Ratskoff

Ben Ratskoff

Non-Tenure Track Instructor, Religious Studies
B.A., Northwestern University; M.A., University of California, Los Angeles; Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles (in progress)
Areas of specialization: Jewish Studies, Black Studies, Postcolonial Studies
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Kathryn Renton

Non-Tenure Track Assistant Professor, Religious Studies
B.A., Harvard University; M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
Areas of specialization: human relations with non-human animals and the environment; conversion, persecution, and syncretism in early modern empires; food and culture

Emeriti/ae Faculty

Dale Wright

David B. and Mary H. Gamble Professor in Religion, Religious Studies, Emeritus (1980-2018)

Area of specialization: Buddhism

D. Keith Naylor

Professor, Religious Studies, Emeritus (1989-2019)

Area of specialization: American religious history