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DU/Iliff Joint PhD Program in the Study of Religion

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JDP Faculty Across Disciplines

Many JDP faculty members who trained in a variety of disciplines and are based in diverse departments focus on religion in their research, publication, and teaching.

Michael Brent, Philosophy
mbrent Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy

Specialization: Metaphysics, Philosophy of Action and Agency, Philosophy of Mind 

Email: Michael.Brent@du.edu 
Phone: 303-871-2063 (Dept. of Philosophy) 
Office: DU, Sturm Hall 260

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Alejandro Cerón, Anthropology
aceron Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology

Specialization: Medical Anthropology, Applied Anthropology, Anthropology of Human Rights 

Email: alejandro.ceronvaldes@du.edu 
Phone: 303-871-2683 
Office: DU, Sturm Hall 131

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Lynn S. Clark, Media, Film, and Journalism Studies
lsclark Professor, Department Chair, and Director, Estlow International Center for Journalism and New Media

Specialization: Journalism; critical/cultural studies; qualitative and interpretive research methods; digital/mobile media; families, race, gender, class; media and world religions.

Email: lynn.clark@du.edu 
Phone: 303-871-3984 
Office: DU, Media, Film & Journalism Studies, Room 128

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Richard Clemmer-Smith, Anthropology
rclemmersmith Professor; Curator of Ethnology, DU Museum of Anthropology; Former JDP Director

Specialization: Environmental Anthropology, Indigenous Rights, Anthropological Theory, Ethnohistory, Ethnology of the Southwest and Great Basin

Email: Richard.Clemmer-Smith@du.edu 
Phone: 303-871-2472 
Office: DU, Sturm Hall 141

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Rafael Fajardo, Emergent Digital Practices
rfajardo Associate Professor/Director, Emergent Digital Practices Program; Founder, SWEAT Collaborative

Specialization: Cultural Identity/Cultural Representation in Art and Digital Video Games, Socially Conscious Video Games

Email: rfajardo@du.edu 
Phone: 303-871-7716 (EDP Program)
Office: DU, Sturm Hall 216

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Graham Foust, English
gfoust Associate Professor; Director of Undergraduate Studies, English Department

Specialization: Poetry, Poetics, Translation

Email: graham.foust@du.edu 
Phone: 303-871-2896
Office: DU, Sturm Hall 386C

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Nader Hashemi, Center for Middle East Studies
nhashemi Associate Professor, Josef Korbel School of International Studies; Director of the Center for Middle East Studies

Specialization: Middle East and Islamic affairs, Religion and Democracy, Secularism, Religion and International Affairs.

Email: nhashemi@du.edu 
Phone: 303-871-2447
Office: DU, 3035 Sie International Relations Complex

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Annabeth Headrick, Art History
aheadrick Associate Professor, Department of Art History; Graduate Art History Advisor

Specialization: Mesoamerican, Native North American, and Andean Art

Email: annabeth.headrick@du.edu 
Phone: 303-871-3574
Office: DU, Shwayder Art Building 111

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W. Scott Howard, English
wshoward Associate Professor, English Department

Specialization: Renaissance & Early Modern Literature and Culture; Modern & Postmodern American Poetry; Poetics & Historiography; Literary & Cultural Theory; Digital Humanities

Email: showard@du.edu 
Phone: 303-871-2887
Office: DU, Sturm Hall 387E

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Laleh Mehran, Emergent Digital Practices
lmehran Professor, Emergent Digital Practices

Specialization: Artworks focused on complex intersections between politics, religion, and science; Dissent and Exile

Email: laleh.mehran@du.edu 
Phone: 303-871-7716
Office: DU, Sturm Hall 216 (EDP Program)

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Thomas Nail, Philosophy
tnail Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy

Specialization: European Philosophy; Political Philosophy; Environmental Philosophy

Email: thomas.nail@du.edu 
Phone: 303-871-3272
Office: DU, Sturm Hall 261

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Debora Ortega, Social Work
dortega Professor; Director, University of Denver Latino Center for Community Engagement and Scholarship

Specialization: Social Work with Latinos/as, Child Welfare, Foster Care, Culturally Responsive Practice, Race Related Stress and Family Therapy

Email: debora.ortega@du.edu 
Phone: 303-871-3359
Office: DU, Craig Hall 477

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Naomi Reshotko, Philosophy
nreshotko Professor; Department of Philosophy; Former JDP Assistant Director

Specialization: Ancient Greek Philosophy; Philosophy of Mind; Metaphysics; Epistemology

Email: nreshotk@du.edu 
Phone: 303-871-2765
Office: DU, Sturm Hall 489

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Susan Schulten, History
sschulten Professor, Department of History; Department Chair

Specialization: Nineteenth and Twentieth-century U.S. History; History of Maps.

Email: sschulte@du.edu 
Phone: 303-871-2970
Office: DU, Sturm Hall 361

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Elizabeth Sperber, Political Science
esperber Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science

Specialization: Religion and Politics (especially New Religious Movements); Political Economy of Development; Global Social Policy; Mixed Methods Research Design

Email: Elizabeth.Sperber@du.edu 
Phone: 303-871-2138
Office: DU, Sturm Hall 471

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Annette Stott, Art History
astott Professor of Art History; Director, DU/Iliff Joint Doctoral Program in Religion

Specialization: American art and religion; women and art; memorial sculpture

Email: astott@du.edu 
Phone: 303-871-3278
Office: DU, Shwayder Art Building 238

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Jere Surber, Philosophy
jsurber Professor, Department of Philosophy; Department Chair

Specialization: Modern and Contemporary Continental Thought; Philosophy of Culture and Cultural Critique; Metaphilosophy; Aesthetics; Language and Semiotics

Email: jere.surber@du.edu 
Phone: 303-871-2759
Office: DU, Sturm Hall 263

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Candace Upton, Philosophy
cupton Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy

Specialization: Ethical Theory; Virtue Ethics; Moral Psychology; Greek Moral Philosophy; Philosophy of Law; Logic

Email: cupton@du.edu 
Phone: 303-871-2761
Office: DU, Sturm Hall 262

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Robert Urquhart, Economics
rurquhart Associate Professor, Department of Economics

Specialization: History of Economic Thought; Economic History; Political Economy; Social Theory

Email: Robert.Urquhart@du.edu 
Phone: 303-871-2258
Office: DU, Sturm Hall 231

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Nancy Wadsworth, Political Science
nwadsworth Associate Professor, Department of Political Science

Specialization: American Political Culture; Social Movements; Politics of Race and Religion; Political Theory; Reconciliation and Forgiveness Processes

Email: nwadswor@du.edu 
Phone: 303-871-2972
Office: DU, Sturm Hall 467

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