Regular Faculty

Professor Amy Holmes Tagchungdarpa

Amy Holmes-Tagchungdarpa, Chair

Associate Professor, Religious Studies & Asian 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.
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.
Sohaib Khan

Sohaib Khan

Assistant Professor, Religious Studies
B.S., Lahore University; M.A., Duke University; Ph.D., Columbia University
Areas of specialization: Islamic law; anthropology of Islam; religion and capitalism; secularism; South Asia.
Prof. Kristi Upson-Saia

Kristi Upson-Saia

David B. and Mary H. Gamble Professorship in Religion
B.A., University of Washington; M.Div., Princeton Theol. Sem.; Ph.D., Duke University
Areas of specialization: late ancient Mediterranean religions; dress and performativity; history of medicine, health, and healing 

Non-Tenure Track Faculty

Kisten Boles

Kirsten Boles

Visiting Instructor, Religious Studies
B.A., Butler University; M.A., Claremont Graduate University; Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University (in progress)
Areas of specialization: women, gender, sexuality studies and religious studies

Kimberly A. Diaz

Visiting Instructor, Religious Studies
B.A., University of California San Diego; M.A., University of California Riverside; Ph.D., University of California Riverside (in progress)
Areas of specialization: religious history of the modern Americas; liberation theory and praxis

Affiliated Faculty

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Susan Blake

Assistant Professor, Philosophy
B.A., Bryn Mawr College; M.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Ph.D., Indiana University
Season Blake's teaching and research interests include theory of knowledge, early Chinese philosophy, philosophy of perception, philosophy of language, and philosophy of mind.

Lan T. Chu

Professor, Diplomacy and World Affairs
B.A., M.A., New York University; Ph.D., George Washington University
Chu’s research and teaching interests focus on the political role of religious institutions, the Catholic Church and global politics, faith diplomacy, religion and international relations theory, inter-religious dialogue, political ideologies (theory and practice), and the political liberalization processes of former and existing communist countries.
Professor Meimei Zhang

Meimei Zhang

Assistant Professor, Asian Studies
B.A., Beijing Foreign Studies University; M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

Emeriti/ae Faculty

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

Dr. Wright’s area of specialization and research is Buddhist philosophy.

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