Religious Studies Faculty

Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Chair of the Religious Studies Department, Curriculum Committee

B.A. Drew University, M.Div. Princeton, Ph.D. Duke University

Teaching:

History of World Christianity - Examines the key figures, events and turning points in the history of the largest religion in the world. Poverty, Wealth and Social Change - Examines the greatest thinkers on the topic of poverty and wealth and contemporary implications. The European Reformations - Examines religious, political and social developments in late medieval to early modern Europe. Christianity and Politics in East Asia - Examines the historical relationship between religion and politics in China, Japan and Korea. Poverty, Religion and Social Change - Examines the role of religion in shaping social change around poverty and welfare issues.

Research:

History of World Christianity, Religion Conflict, Poverty and Wealth, Authority and Leadership, Renaissance and Reformation, Early Modern Poor Relief

Phone: (909) 607-3880
Arthur V. Stoughton Professor of Religious Studies and Co-Editor of The Columbia University Press Series in Religion and Politics

U.C. Santa Barbara (Ph.D), Dartmouth College (Fellow), Harvard University (Master's), Princeton Seminary (Master's)

Research:

American Religions; Religion & Politics; Religion & Civil Rights; Latino Religions; Religion & Film; Pentecostal/Charismatic Movements; Religion & Violence

Associate Professor of Religious Studies

B.A., Haverford College; M.A., Ph.D., Columbia University

Teaching:

Jewish studies, particularly Judaism in the Second Temple and early rabbinic periods,Origins of Christianity and its development before the time of Constantine

Research:

Involvement of gentiles in Jewish social and religious life,Influence of Roman political thought on the development of early Christianity,Jewish/Christian relations

Phone: (909) 607-1877
Associate Professor of Religious Studies, former Chief Information Technology Services, Associate Professor at CGU School of Religion and Women's Studies, and CMC parent (P'16)

A.B., Grinnell College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Iowa

Teaching:

Method and Theory in Religious Studies,South Asian Religions,Goddess Traditions,Models of Hindu Leadership

Research:

Gender and Religion, Modern Hindu Goddess Worship, History of Hinduism in America

Phone: (909) 607-8713
Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Computer Science/Data Science Committee, Faculty Advisor to SASA, the South Asian Student Association, Administration Committee

Bowdoin College, BA John Carroll University, MEd University of California, Santa Barbara, MA and PhD

Teaching:

South Asian Culture and Religion, Religion and Modernity, Digital Humanities

Research:

Religion and Material Culture India Digital Humanities, Archaeology, and the Production and Representation of Virtual Places Indo-Portuguese Contact

Phone: (909) 607-0837
Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

B.A., Haverford College; M.A. McGill University; Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara

Teaching:

"The End of the World as We Know it" (a comparative examination of apocalypticism); Islamic Thought; Islamic Empire and Political Philosophy; Dreams, Visions and the Afterlife in Islam; Contemporary Issues in Islamic Studies; Religion of Islam

Research:

Islamic apocalypticism and eschatology; Islamic intellectual history; Shiism; coffee and its reception history

Phone: 909-607-8573

Visiting Faculty

Program Coordinator of the Center for Writing and Public Discourse and Lecturer, Religious Studies

B.A. Barnard College; M.A. and Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara; M.A. Boston University; M.F.A. Warren Wilson College

 
Teaching:

Religions of South Asia; Sikhism; Hinduism; Jainism; Buddhism; Islam in South Asia; Asian American Religions; Ramayana; Devotional Worlds of South Asia; Religious Autobiography; Poetry and Religion; Creative Writing

 
Research:

Religion and Literature in South Asia; Medieval North India; Devotional traditions; Rajasthan and Punjab; Autobiography and Hagiography; Asian American Religions; Poetry and Religion.

 
Phone: x73807
Post-Doctoral Fellow of Religious Studies and Visiting Instructor of Religious Studies, African American Religions (2021-2023)
Research:

African American Religious History and Islam in the United States

Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Islam Studies (2022-2023). Islamic philosophy and theology, with a particular focus on medieval Iberia and North Africa
Research:

Watling’s research has focused on the twelfth century Almohad Caliphate and its place within Islamic intellectual history

Emeritus Faculty

Russell K. Pitzer Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus

B.A., Whitworth University; M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University

Teaching:

Philosophy of religion

Research:

Analytic Theology, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Religion, Christian Thought, History of Philosophy (ancient)

Phone: (909) 607-2827