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
Professor 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
Prof. Amoruso’s specializations include death, race and urban religion in the United States and Latin America. Read his Oxy Story profile.
Professor Amy Holmes Tagchungdarpa

Amy Holmes-Tagchungdarpa

Associate Professor, Religious Studies
B.A., Victoria University of Wellington; Ph.D., Australian National University
Amy Holmes-Tagchungdarpa’s areas of specialization include Buddhism in Tibet, the East and South Asian Himalayas, and beyond. Read her Oxy Story profile.

On Special Appointment

Professor Peter Lanfer

Peter Lanfer

Non-Tenure Track Assistant Professor, Religious Studies
B.A., Dartmouth College; M.A.R., Yale University Divinity School; Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
Areas of specialization: ancient Judaism and Christianity; early interpretations of the Bible in Jewish and Christian writings
Religious Studies Malek

Malek Moazzam-Doulat

Non-Tenure Track Assistant Professor, Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture, Religious Studies
B.A., Occidental College; Ph.D., State University of New York, Stony Brook
Areas of specialization: Islam
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
Religious Studies Renton

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