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Joel Brereton

Professor

jpb@austin.utexas.edu |
512-475-6024 |
WCH 4.114

Education: PhD, Yale University

Interests: Religion & literature of early India | Vedic studies | Sanskrit | Asian religions

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J. Brent Crosson

Assistant Professor

brent.crosson@utexas.edu |
512-4713967 |
BUR 514

Education: Ph.D., UC Santa Cruz

Interests: Caribbean and Latin American Studies | African Diasporas | South Asian Diasporas | Atlantic Modernities | Anthropologies of Religion, Science, and Secularism | Anthropology of/and Race | Science and Technology Studies | Energy | Alternative Justice Systems | Obeah | Colonial Regulation of Religion

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Alison K. Frazier

Associate Professor

akfrazier@austin.utexas.edu |
512-475-6375 |
GAR 2.109

Education: Ph.D., 1997, Columbia University

Interests: Italian Renaissance; premodern saints' lives | biblical exegesis | manuscript and print culture | Machiavelli and torture | Consolatoria

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Oliver Freiberger

Associate Professor

of@austin.utexas.edu |
512-471-8239 |
WCH 4.104A

Education: PhD, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany

Interests: Indian Buddhism | asceticism | comparison in the study of religion

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Steven J. Friesen

Department Chair, Professor, Louise Farmer Boyer Chair in Biblical Studies

friesen@austin.utexas.edu |
(512) 471-8629 |
BUR 530

Education: Ph.D., Harvard University

Interests: Social history of the early Christian churches | Roman imperial cults | Revelation and apocalypticism | indigenous religions | social locations and functions of religion

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Virginia Garrard

Professor

garrard@austin.utexas.edu |
512.475.7822 |
GAR 2.204

Education: Ph.D., Tulane University

Interests: Her research interests include: historic memory and human rights during the Cold War in Latin America, archives and history, and contemporary Central American history. She is equally interested in religious movements and ethnic identity in Latin America, Pentecostalism and other Protestant movements, and the intersection of religion and politics in Latin America.

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Jennifer Graber

Associate Professor

jgraber@austin.utexas.edu |
(512) 471-8634 |
BUR 528

Education: Ph.D., Duke University

Interests: American religions, religion in the American West, Native American religions, religion and violence

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Jo Ann Hackett

Professor

hackett@austin.utexas.edu |
512-471-6951 |
CAL 501B

Education: Ph.D., Harvard University

Interests: Old Testament & Hebrew studies | Semitic languages & epigraphy | women in the ancient Near East | mythology

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Brent Landau

Faculty

bclandau@utexas.edu |
512-232-7255 |
BUR 522

Education: Th.D., Harvard Divinity School

Interests: ancient Christian apocryphal literature | traditions about Jesus’ birth and childhood | early Christian papyri | biblical studies pedagogies

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A. Azfar Moin

Associate Professor

amoin@utexas.edu |
512 232-7224 |
BUR 518

Education: PhD, University of Michigan

Interests: Sufism and Sainthood in Islam | Sacred Kingship | History of Early Modern Iran, Central Asia, and South Asia

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Martha G. Newman

Associate Professor in the Departments of History and Religious Studies

newman@austin.utexas.edu |
(512) 232-2264 |
GAR 3.408

Education: Ph.D., 1988, Stanford University

Interests: Medieval Christian monasticism | monastic miracle collections | monastic attitudes toward women & the poor

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Jonathan Schofer

Associate Professor

jonschofer@austin.utexas.edu |
512-232-8382 |
Burdine 524

Education: Ph.D., University of Chicago

Interests: Classical Rabbinic and Medieval Judaism, Hebrew Bible, law, ethics, mysticism, biblical interpretation (midrash)

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Chad Seales

Associate Professor

seales@austin.utexas.edu |
512-232-5929 |
BUR 516

Education: Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Interests: Religion in North America | secular studies | southern studies | ritual studies | religion and popular culture | religion and capitalism | evangelicalism | race and ethnicity | theory and method in the study of religion

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Geoffrey Smith

Assistant Professor

gssmith@utexas.edu |
BUR 526

Education: Ph.D., Princeton University

Interests: New Testament | Early Christianity | Patristics | Nag Hammadi | Papyrology | Coptic Language and Literature

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John W. Traphagan

Professor and Associate Chair, Mitsubishi Fellow

512-232-0874 |
BUR 520

Education: Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

Interests: Astrobiology | Japanese religion & society | ritual | medical anthropology | science, technology, and culture | entrepreneurship in Japan

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L. Michael White

Professor, Ronald Nelson Smith Chair in Classics and Religious Studies; Director, Institute for the Study of Antiquity & Christian Origins (ISAC)

lmwhite@utexas.edu |
512-232-1438 |
WAG 212

Education: Ph.D., Yale University

Interests: Greco-Roman religions | formative Judaism | Christian origins | archaeology & social history

Affiliated Faculty


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Robert H. Abzug

Oliver H. Radkey Regents Professor of History; Director, Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies

zug@austin.utexas.edu |
512-475-7240 |
GAR 2.108

Education: Ph.D., History, 1977, University of California, Berkeley

Interests: Religion in the U.S. | social reform and religious life in antebellum America | America and the Holocaust | the interpenetration of religion and psychology in modern American culture

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Hina Azam

Associate Professor, Department of Middle Eastern Studies

hina.azam@austin.utexas.edu |
475-8393 (no voicemail - please call department to leave a message) |
WMB 5.120A

Education: Ph.D.- 2007, Duke University

Interests: Islamic jurisprudence, theology, exegesis, hadith studies; Women/sexuality and Islam; Sexual Violence in Islamic Law

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Miriam Bodian

Professor, Department of History

bodian@austin.utexas.edu |
512-471-4358 |
GAR 2.104A

Education: Ph.D., 1988, Hebrew University

Interests: Spanish and Portuguese Inquisitions | post-Expulsion Sephardic Jewry | Jews and the Reformation

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Matthew Butler

Associate Professor, Department of History

mbutler@austin.utexas.edu |
512-475-7972 |
GAR 3.414

Education: Ph.D., University of Bristol

Interests: Religion in Latin America | Post-revolutionary Mexico | Cristero Rebellion | Church and State | Latin American Catholicism | Agrarian History | Latin American Bullfight

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Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra

Alice Drysdale Sheffield Professor of History

canizares-esguerra@austin.utexas.edu |
512-475-7694 |
GAR 2.108

Education: Ph.D., University of Wisconsin

Interests: Early Modern Atlantic History | History of Science and Colonialism | History of Knowledge | Colonial Spanish and British America

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John R Clarke

Professor, Department of Art & Art History; Annie Laurie Howard Regents Professor in Fine Arts

j.clarke@austin.utexas.edu |
512-232-2355 |
DFA 2.114

Education: PhD, Yale

Interests: Greek and Roman art and architecture

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Donald R Davis

Associate Professor

drdj@austin.utexas.edu |
512-232-7921 |
WCH 4.114

Education: PhD, University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Sanskrit; Hinduism; Jainism; Law and Religion; Medieval India; Malayalam

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Karl Galinsky

Floyd A. Cailloux Centennial Professor of Classics, University Distinguished Teaching Professor

galinsky@austin.utexas.edu |
471-8504 |
WAG 215

Education: Ph.D., Princeton

Interests: Roman literature | Augustine culture | Greco-Roman religion | social memory

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John Huehnergard

Professor Emeritus, Department of Middle Eastern Studies

huehnergard@austin.utexas.edu

Education: Ph.D. 1979, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations (Semitic Philology), Harvard University

Interests: Semitic languages and linguistics | historical linguistics | writing systems | ancient Near Eastern history

S. Akbar Hyder

Associate Professor, Department of Asian Studies

syedakbarhyder@gmail.com |
512-475-6031 |
WCH 4.110

Education: PhD, Harvard University

Interests: Islam in South Asia | religious aesthetics in South Asia and the Middle East

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Jonathan Kaplan

Assistant Professor, Department of Middle Eastern Studies

jonathan.kaplan@austin.utexas.edu |
512-471-9453 |
CAL 503

Education: Ph.D. 2010, Harvard University

Interests: Hebrew Bible, Second Temple Judaism, Dead Sea Scrolls, Rabbinic Judaism, Midrash, Literary Theory, History of Biblical Interpretation, Utopian Studies

Janice Leoshko

Associate Professor, Department of Art & Art History

jleoshko@austin.utexas.edu |
512-232-2581 |
DFA 2.110

Education: PhD, Ohio State University

Interests: religious art in South and Southeast Asia | Indian Buddhist art | Jain art

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Na'ama Pat-El

Associate Professor, Department of Middle Eastern Studies

npatel@austin.utexas.edu |
232-8292 |
WMB 5.144

Education: Ph.D., 2008, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations (Semitic Philology), Harvard University

Interests: Comparative Semitic linguistics | historical linguistics | languages in contact

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Glenn Peers

Professor, Department of Art & Art History

gpeers@austin.utexas.edu |
512-232-2594 |
DFA 2.508

Education: Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University

Interests: Early medieval and Byzantine art

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Jason Roberts

Lecturer — PhD, University of Texas at Austin

j.roberts@utexas.edu |
(512) 232-9125 |
BUR 474

Education: PhD, University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Intellectual history of confessional theology including discourses of demonology and magic, representations of time and space in systems of divination, Siberian shamanism, Russian Orthodoxy.

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Martha Selby

Professor and Chair, Department of Asian Studies

mas@austin.utexas.edu |
512-475-6040 |
WCH 4.134A

Education: PhD, University of Chicago

Interests: Representations of women in Indian religions | religion and medicine | religious poetry of India

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Nancy K. Stalker

Associate Professor, Department of Asian Studies

nancy.stalker@austin.utexas.edu |
512-471-5811 |
WCH 4.130

Education: Ph.D., 2002, Stanford University

Interests: New religious movements in Japan | 20th-century cultural history of Japan | religion and gender

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David Stuart

Professor, Department of Art & Art History; Linda and David Schele Professor of Mesoamerican Art and Writing

davidstuart@austin.utexas.edu |
512-232-2363 |
ART 1.412

Education: Ph.D., Vanderbilt University

Interests: Religion in Mesoamerica | Ancient Maya religion and culture