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Joel Brereton

Professor Emeritus |
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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Khytie K. Brown

Assistant Professor |

Education: Ph.D., Harvard University

Interests: African Diaspora Religions | Race and ethnicity | Gender and sexuality | Caribbean religions | Religion in the Americas | Anthropology of the senses | Anthropology of religion | Social media | Material and commodity culture | Policing | Transnational Religion

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Ashley Coleman Taylor

Assistant Professor |
BUR 566

Education: Ph.D., Emory University

Interests: Black Feminism | Black Genders and Sexualities | Pragmatism | Queer of Color Critique | Africana Religions | Anthropology of Religion | Psychology of Religion | Puerto Rican Studies | Atlanta Studies

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J. Brent Crosson

Assistant Professor |
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 |
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

Professor |
512-471-8239 |
WCH 4.104A

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

Interests: Indian Buddhism | asceticism | comparison in the study of religion | religious boundary-making

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Steven J. Friesen

Professor, Louise Farmer Boyer Chair in Biblical Studies |
(512) 471-8629 |

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 |
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

Professor, Gwyn Shive, Anita Nordan Lindsay, and Joe & Cherry Gray Professor in the History of Christianity and Associate Director of Native American and Indigenous Studies |
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 Emerita |
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

Senior Lecturer |
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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Mallory E. Matsumoto

Assistant Professor |
BUR 518

Education: Ph.D., Brown University

Interests: Mesoamerican religions | Maya archaeology | Mesoamerican ethnohistory | Classic Maya hieroglyphs | Mayan languages | Anthropology of religion | Anthropology of writing

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A. Azfar Moin

Department Chair, Associate Professor |
512 232-7224 |
BUR 532

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 |
(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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Jason Roberts

Lecturer — PhD, University of Texas at Austin |
(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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Jonathan Schofer

Associate Professor |
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 and Brian F. Bolton Distinguished Professor in Secular Studies |
512-232-5929 |
BUR 516

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

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

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Geoffrey Smith

Associate Professor; Director, Institute for the Study of Antiquity and Christian Origins (ISAC) |
512-232-1438 |
BUR 502-12

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 Mitsubishi Fellow |
512-232-0874 |
BUR 520

Education: Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

Interests: Japanese religion & society | ritual | science, technology, and culture | ruralities 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)

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

Audre and Bernard Rapoport Regents Chair of Jewish /Studies Professor of History and American Studies |
512-475-7240 |
GAR 3.310

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, Islamic Studies, Department of Middle Eastern Studies |
475-8393 (no voicemail - please call department to leave a message) |
CAL 506

Education: Ph.D., 2007, Duke University, Department of Religion

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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
512-232-2355 |
DFA 2.114

Education: PhD, Yale

Interests: Greek and Roman art and architecture

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Donald R. Davis, Jr.

Professor & Chair, Department of Asian Studies |
512-471-5811 |
WCH 4.134

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 |
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

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

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S. Akbar Hyder

Associate Professor, Department of Asian Studies |
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

Associate Professor, Department of Middle Eastern Studies |
512-471-9453 |
Calhoun (CAL) 413

Education: Ph.D. 2010, Harvard University

Interests: Hebrew Bible (with specific interest in Song of Songs, Daniel, and Jonah), Second Temple Judaism, Dead Sea Scrolls, Rabbinic Judaism, Midrash, Literary Theory, History of Biblical Interpretation, Utopian Studies

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Janice Leoshko

Associate Professor, Department of Art & Art History |
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 |
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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Martha Selby

Professor and Chair, Department of Asian Studies |
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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David Stuart

Professor, Department of Art & Art History; Linda and David Schele Professor of Mesoamerican Art and Writing |
512-232-2363 |
ART 1.412

Education: Ph.D., Vanderbilt University

Interests: Religion in Mesoamerica | Ancient Maya religion and culture