Religious Studies Faculty

Chair and Associate Professor of Religious Studies

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


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.


Poverty and Wealth during the Renaissance and Reformation, Religious Authority and Leadership in the Reformation, Religious Debates over the Eucharist, Reception of the Early Church Fathers, History of the Bible, Religion Conflict, Early Modern Poor Relief;

Phone: (909) 607-3880
Gastón Espinosa, Ph.D.
Arthur V. Stoughton Professor of Religious Studies
U.C. Santa Barbara (Ph.D), Dartmouth College (Fellow), Harvard University (Master's), Princeton Seminary (Master's)
Teaching: American Religions; U.S. Latino Religions; Religion & Film; Religion, Politics & Global Violence; Religion & Civil Rights Movement; Religion, Race, and Politics
Research: American Religions; U.S. Latino Religions; Religion & Politics; Pentecostal/Charismatic Movements; Sociology of Religion
Phone: (909) 621-8395
Associate Professor of Religious Studies

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


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


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

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


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


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

Phone: (909) 607-8713
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


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


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

Associate Professor of Religious Studies

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


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


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

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


"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


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

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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: History of philosophy (ancient), Christian Thought
Phone: (909) 607-2827