JDP Faculty in Religion

Faculty at Iliff and those in DU's Department of Religious Studies and the Center for Judaic Studies are listed here.

  • Anthony Alumkal
    Antony Alumkal

    Associate Professor of Sociology of Religion

    Iliff School of Theology

    Specialization: Effects of race, ethnicity and immigration on religion in the United States; cultural and institutional aspects of American mainline and evangelical Protestantism; dynamics of congregations
     

    Publications:

    • Paranoid Science: The Christian Right's War on Reality (New York: New York University Press, 2017)
    • “Racial Justice in the Protestant Mainline: Liberalism and Its Limits,” in Faith and Race in American Political Life, eds. Robin Jacobson and Nancy Wadsworth (University of Virginia Press, 2012)
    • “American Evangelicalism in the Post-Civil Rights Era: A Racial Formation Theory Analysis,” Sociology of Religion  65 (2004): 195-213

    Courses:
    Race and Religion in the United States
    Science and the Christian Right

    Professional Label:  Sociology of Religion

    Email: aalumkal@iliff.edu
    Phone: (303) 765-3131 
    Office: Iliff School of Theology

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  • Miguel De La Torre
    Miguel De La Torre

    Professor of Social Ethics and Latinx Studies

    Iliff School of Theology

    Specialization: Social and Political Ethics in the U.S.; Effects of religion on race, gender, and class; Liberationist ethics; Postmodern/postcolonial social theory; critical race theory; gender studies 
     

    Publications:

    • Embracing Hopelessness, (Fortress Press, 2017)
    • Doing Christian Ethics from the Margins (2nd ed.; Orbis Books, 2014)
    • Genesis: Belief, A Theological Commentary on the Bible  (Westminster John Knox Press, 2011)
    • Encyclopedia on Hispanic American Religious Culture, Vols. 1 and 2 (ABC-CLIO Publishers, 2009)

    Courses:
    Fanon, Foucault, and Friends
    Formative White Male Figures in Christian Ethics
    Biblical Ethics

    Professional Label:  Ethics

    Email: mdelatorre@iliff.edu
    Phone: (303) 765-3133 
    Office: Iliff School of Theology

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  • Sandra Dixon
    Sandra Dixon

    Associate Professor in Psychology of Religion

    Religious Studies, University of Denver

    Specialization: Religion and the Human Sciences; Religion and Psychology; Moral Reasoning

    Publications: 

    • Augustine: The Scattered and Gathered Self (St. Louis, MO: Chalice Press, 1999)
    • Augustine and Psychology, Sandra Lee Dixon, John Doody and Kim Paffenroth (eds.) (Lanham: Lexington Books, 2013)

    Email: sdixon@du.edu 
    Phone: 303-871-2753 
    Office: DU, Sturm Hall 488

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  • Carrie Doehring
    Carrie Doehring

    Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling

    Iliff School of Theology

    Specialization: Pastoral Care; Religion and psychology; Moral stress of religious leadership and chaplaincy; Intercultural and evidence-based spiritual care

    Publications:

    • The Practice of Pastoral Care: A Postmodern Approach (Revised and expanded ed., Westminster John Knox, 2015)
    • “Emotions and Change in Intercultural Spiritual Care,” Pastoral Psychology 63.5 (2014):583-96
    • “An Applied Integrative Approach to Exploring How Religion and Spirituality Contribute To or Counteract Prejudice and Discrimination,” in APA Handbook of Psychology, Religion, and Spirituality Vol. 2: An Applied Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, eds. K. I. Pargament, A. Mahoney, and E. Shafranske (American Psychological Association, 2013)

    Courses:
    Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Pastoral, Psychological, and Theological Responses
    Theodicy and Tragedy

    Professional Label: Pastoral Care; Practical/Praxis Theology; Social Sciences and Religion

    Email: cdoehring@iliff.edu
    Phone: (303) 765-3169 
    Office: Iliff School of Theology

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  • Pamela Eisenbaum
    Pamela Eisenbaum

    Professor of Biblical Studies and Christian Origins
    Iliff School of Theology

    Specializations: Paul; Epistle to the Hebrews; Jewish-Christian relations; biblical manuscripts; history of biblical interpretation; formation of the canon; the Bible and technology; comparative scripture

    Publications:

    • Paul Was Not a Christian: The Original Message of a Misunderstood Apostle  (HarperOne, 2009)
    • Invitation to Romans. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2006.
    • The Jewish Heroes of Christian History: Hebrews 11 in Literary Context. Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1997.

    Courses:
    Formation of the Bible
    New Testament Language and Text
    Epistle to the Romans

    Professional Label:  Biblical Studies; Early Judaism; New Testament and Christian Origins

    Email: peisenbaum@iliff.edu
    Phone: (303) 765-3167
    Office: Iliff School of Theology

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  • Amy Erickson
    Amy Erickson

    Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible
    Iliff School of Theology

    Specialization: Hebrew Bible; Biblical Interpretation; Theories of identity and constructions of the self; Poetic and mythological texts in ancient Near Eastern literature; religion and body; Poetry and metaphor (Hebrew Bible)

    Publications:

    • “God’s Birthing and Begetting Body in Job 38:28-30,” in Imagination, Ideology and Inspiration: Reverberations of Brueggemann in a New Generation, eds. Robert Williamson, Jr. and Jonathan Kaplan (Sheffield Phoenix Press, forthcoming)
    • “Jonah and the Scribal Habitus,” in Methods, Theories, Imagination: Social Scientific Approaches in Biblical Studies, eds. David J. Chalcraft, Frauke Uhlenbruch, and Rebecca S. Watson (Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2014)
    • “‘Without My Flesh I Will See God’: Job’s Rhetoric of the Body,” Journal of Biblical Literature 132.2 (2013): 295-313

    Courses:
    Identity and the Hebrew Bible
    The Body and Sexuality in the Ancient Near East and Hebrew Bible
    Jonah and Its Afterlives

    Professional Label: Hebrew Bible

    Email: aerickson@iliff.edu
    Phone: (303) 744-1287
    Office: Iliff School of Theology

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  • Mark K. George
    Mark George

    Professor of Bible and Ancient Systems of Thought
    Iliff School of Theology

    Specialization: Hebrew Bible: Pentateuch and Narrative Texts; Subjectivities and Societies in Ancient Systems; spatial studies; critical theory; aniconism; religion and political theory

    Publications:

    • Religious Representation in Place: Exploring Meaningful Space and the Intersection of the Humanities and Sciences, ed. with Daria Pezzoli-Olgiati, Religion and Spatial Studies 1 (Palgrave, 2014)
    • “Israelite Aniconism and the Visualization of the Tabernacle,” Journal of Religion & Society Supplement Series 8 (2012): 40-54
    • Israel’s Tabernacle as Social Space, Society of Biblical Literature Ancient Israel and Its Literature 2 (SBL Press, 2009)

    Courses:
    Sacred Space in Comparative Perspective (with Jacob Kinnard)
    Deuteronomy
    Methods and Theories of Biblical Interpretation

    Professional Label: Hebrew Bible

    Email: mgeorge@iliff.edu
    Phone: (303) 765-3168 
    Office: Iliff School of Theology

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  • Albert Hernández
    Albert Hernandez

    Associate Professor of the History of Christianity

    Iliff School of Theology

    Specialization: History of Christianity from Medieval to Early Modern Periods (c. 1100-1650); Religious diversity in Medieval Spain; Mysticism and Pneumatology in Christian History

    Publications:

    • Subversive Fire: The Untold Story of Pentecost (Emeth Press, 2010)
    • The Quest for the Historical Satan co-authored with Miguel A. De La Torre,(Fortress Press 2011)

    Courses:
    Introduction to the History of Christianity
    The Holy Spirit: History and Traditions
    Violence and Toleration in Medieval Europe
    Sixteenth Century Mystics and Reformers
    Happiness: A History
    Christianity in the Middle Ages

    Email: ahernandez@iliff.edu
    Phone: 303-765-3180
    Office: Iliff School of Theology

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  • Jason Jeffries
    Jason Jeffries

    Assistant Professor, Religious Studies

    Specialization: African American Religions; Religion and Popular Culture; Embodiment and Religion; Critical Race Theory; Black Mythology; Psychology of Religion; Black Sacred Rhetoric and Religion; Black Pentecostalism 

    Phone: 303-871-4713
    Office: University of Denver

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  • Catherine Kelsey
    Catherine Kelsey

    Dean of the Chapel and Spiritual Formation

    Specialization: Vocation; Spiritual life; Theology; Practices of ministry 

    Email: ckelsey@iliff.edu
    Phone: (303) 765-3103 
    Office: Iliff School of Theology

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  • Boyung Lee
    Boyung Lee

    Professor of Practical Theology; JDP Dean for Iliff; Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty at Iliff

    Specialization: Feminism and Religion; Transformative Pedagogy 

    Email: blee@iliff.edu
    Phone: (303) 578-4601 
    Office: Iliff School of Theology

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  • Kristina Lizardy-Hajbi
    Kristina Lizardy-Hajbi

    Term Assistant Professor of Leadership and Formation; Director of the Office of Professional Formation
    Iliff School of Theology

    Specialization: Leadership theory and praxis; congregational and community formation and change; applied research methods; U.S. Christianities; critical approaches for ministry praxis

    Publications:

    • “Theological Field Education as a Bridge across Disciplines,” Religions 12.1 (2021)
      “Processes toward Post/Decolonial Pastoral Leaderships,” Journal of Religious Leadership 20.1 (Spring 2021): 136-67
    • “Frameworks toward Post/Decolonial Pastoral Leaderships,” Journal of Religious Leadership 19.2 (Autumn 2020): 100-30
    • “Engaging Young Adults: American Congregations 2015,” Faith Communities Today (Hartford Institute for Religion Research, 2016)
    • “Kirkwood United Church of Christ,” in How Religious Congregations Are Engaging Young Adults in America, eds. M. Sahlin and D. Roozen (Hartford Institute for Religion Research, 2015): 111-36.

    Courses:
    Research Methods and Ethics in Lived Religion/Practical Theology
    Leadership and Organizational Development
    Decolonizing Congregational Leadership
     
    Professional Label: Social Science and Religion; Practical/Praxis Theology; Leadership and Education

    Email:  klizardy@iliff.edu
    Phone: 303-765-3116
    Office: Iliff School of Theology

     

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  • Ben Nourse
    Ben Nourse

    Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies

    Specialization: 
    Asian Religions; Buddhist Studies; Tibetan Studies; History of the Book in Asia 

    Email: Benjamin.Nourse@du.edu
    Phone: 303-871-3539
    Office: DU, Sturm Hall 482

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  • Sarah Pessin
    Sarah Pessin

    Professor of Philosophy and Jewish Thought, Department of Philosophy; Hecht Interfaith Chair; Center for Judaic Studies
    University of Denver

    Specialization: Jewish philosophy; Neoplatonisms; Comparative Jewish, Islamic and Christian medieval philosophy; Modern Jewish philosophy; post-Holocaust theology (esp. Levinas); philosophical theology; philosophy of religion

    Publications:

    • Pessin, S. (2013). Ibn Gabirol's Theology of Desire: Matter and Method in Jewish Medieval Neoplatonism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
    • Pessin, S. (2019). The Jewish Tradition. (B. Foltz, Ed.), Medieval Philosophy: A Multicultural Reader. London: Bloomsbury Academic.
    • Pessin, S. (2018). America’s Love Problem: How Oprah’s Call to Friendship Feeds Bannon’s Call to Racism (or: On Three Strains of Liberal Lovesickness). Political Theology Network. Retrieved from https://politicaltheology.com/americas-love-problem/
    • Pessin, S. (2014). Islamic and Jewish Neoplatonisms. In P. Remes & S. Slaveva-Griffin (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Neoplatonism (pp. 541-58). Durham: Acumen Press/ Routledge.
    • Pessin, S. (2017). Khoric Apophasis: Matter and Messianicity in Islamo-Judeo-Greek Neoplatonism. In M. Fagenblat (Ed.), Negative Theology as Jewish Modernity. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

    Courses:
    Jewish Philosophy
    Levinas
    Neoplatonism
    Maimonides
    Philosophy of Religion
    Religious Existentialism
    Medieval Philosophy (Islamic, Jewish, Christian)
     
    Professional Label: Comparative Neoplatonisms; Jewish Philosophy; Comparative Medieval Philosophy; Philosophical Theology; Post-Holocaust Theology; Levinas

    Email: spessin@du.edu
    Phone: 303-871-7731
    Office: DU, Sturm Hall 265

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  • Carl Raschke
    Carl Raschke

    Professor of Philosophy of Religion
    Department of Religious Studies, University of Denver


    Specialization: Continental Philosophy/Philosophy of Religion; Political Philosophy/Political Theology; Globalization Theory 

    Publications:

    • Neoliberalism and Political Theology: From Kant to Identity Politics. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2019.
    • Postmodern Theology: A Biopic. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2017. ISBN 1498203892.
    • Critical Theology: Introducing an Agenda for an Age of Global Crisis. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2016. ISBN 9780830851294.
    • Force of God: Political Theology and the Crisis of Liberal Democracy. New York: Columbia University Press, 2015. ISBN 9780231539623.
    • Postmodernism and the Revolution in Religious Theory: Toward a Semiotics of the Event . Studies in Religion and Culture. Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Press, 2012. ISBN 9780813933085.

    Courses:
    Globalization and Religion
    Political Theory
    Theory of the Subject
    Kant on Religion

    Email: carl.raschke@du.edu
    Phone: 303-871-3117 
    Office: DU, Sturm Hall 273

    Look at the video here on Dr. Carl Raschke's university lecturer award.

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  • Alison Schofield
    Alison Schofield

    Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible and Judaic Studies
    Department of Religious Studies
    University of Denver

    Specialization: Hebrew Bible and Judaic Studies; Dead Sea Scrolls; Religious and cultural influences of ancient Israel, Egypt and Babylonia

    Publications: 

    • Schofield, Alison. “Reading Sectarian Spaces: Critical Spatial Theory and the Case of the Yahad” in The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Study of the Humanities. Proceedings from the 2013 IOQS Meeting in Munich. E. Tichgelaar, A. Schofield, S. Thomas, eds. Studies on the Texts of the Desert of Judah 125. Leiden: Brill, 2018, pp. 176–194.
    • Schofield, Alison. “Re-Placing Priestly Space: The Wilderness as Heterotopia in the Dead Sea Scrolls” in A Teacher for All Generations: Essays in Honor of James C. VanderKam, vol. 1, E. Mason, K. C. Bautch, A.K. Harkins, D. Machiela, A. Schofield, S. I. Thomas, E. Ulrich, eds. Supplements to the Journal for the Study of Judaism, Volume: 153. Leiden: Brill, 2011, pp. 469-490.

    Email: aschofie@du.edu 
    Phone: 303-871-2752
    Office: DU, Sturm Hall 271

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  • Eric C. Smith
    Eric C. Smith

    Assistant Professor of the History of Christianity and New Testament Studies
    Iliff School of Theology

    Specialization: Christian origins; New Testament and other early Christian literature; Jewish-Christian relations in antiquity; Materialist theories of religion; religion and spatial theory; Biblical reception and exegesis

    Publications:

    • Paul the Progressive? : The Compassionate Christian’s Guide to Reclaiming the Apostle as an Ally (Chalice Press, 2019)
    • Jewish Glass and Christian Stone: A Materialist Mapping of the "Parting of the Ways" (Routledge: 2018)
    • Foucault’s Heterotopia in Christian Catacombs: Constructing Spaces and Symbols in Ancient Rome (Palgrave Macmillan: 2014)

    Courses:
    New Testament
    Biblical Exegesis
    History of Christianity
    Ancient Christian Practices

    Professional Label:  Biblical Studies; New Testament; and History of Christianity

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  • Andrea Stanton
    Andrea L. Stanton

    Associate Professor of Islamic Studies,

    Department of Religious Studies, University of Denver 

    Specialization: Islamic Studies; Middle Eastern history; media and politics; nationalism and sovereignty 
     

    Publications:

    • “Celebrating Muhammad’s Birthday in the Middle East,” in Identity Discourses and Communities in International Events, Festivals, and Spectacles (Palgrave, 2014)
    • “Islamic Emoticons: Pious Sociability and Community Building in Online Muslim Communities,” in Internet and Emotions, eds. Tova Benski and Eran Fisher (Routledge, 2013)
    • “‘Part of Imperial Communications’: British-Governed Radio in the Middle East, 1934-1949,” Journal of Media History 19.4 (2013): 421-35
    • This Is Jerusalem Calling: State Broadcasting in Mandate Palestine (University of Texas Press, 2013)

    Courses:
    Contemporary Islam
    Qur’an and Hadith
    Islamic Fundamentalisms

    Professional Label: Islamic Studies

    Email: andrea.stanton@du.edu
    Phone: 303-871-3503 
    Office: DU, Sturm Hall 272

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  • Dheepa Sundaram
    Dheepa Sundaram

    Assistant Professor of Hindu Studies
    Department of Religious Studies
    University Denver

    Specializations: South Asian Religious Traditions; Rituals, Praxis, Media and Performance; Gender, Caste and Performance in South Asia; Sanskrit and Tamil Poetics; Literature and Performance; Digital/Virtual Religion

    Publications:

    • "Social media, hashtags and state-sponsored cultural marketing 1" in Digital Hinduism (Routledge, 2019) 
    • Current monograph project Globalizing Darśan: Virtual Soteriology and Hindu Branding

    Courses:                    
    Modern Hinduism
    "Woman as the Gateway to Hell": Gender and Identity in South Asia
    History of Yoga
    Religion in the Virtual Space
    Performing India

    Professional Label:  South Asian Studies; South Asian Religious Traditions; Hindu Studies

    Email: dheepa.sundaram@du.edu
    Phone: 303.871.2888
    Office: Sturm Hall 487F

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  • Katherine Turpin
    Katherine Turpin

    Associate Professor of Religious Education
    Iliff School of Theology

    Specialization: Religious education; Practical theology; Teaching about difference, social location, and structural inequality; Relationships between education and social change; Vocational development in youth and young adults

    Publications:

    • Drama Tweens: Engaging the Bible with Younger Adolescents (Wipf and Stock, 2016)
    • Nurturing Different Dreams: Youth Ministry Across Lines of Difference, co-authored with Anne Carter Walker (Pickwick Press, 2014)
    • Branded: Adolescents Converting from Consumer Faith (Pilgrim Press, 2006)

    Courses:

    Teaching and Learning in the Community of Faith
    Practical Theology
    Education and Social Change
    Children in the Community of Faith
    Pedagogy and the Teaching of Religion

    Professional Label: Religous education

    Email: kturpin@iliff.edu
    Phone: (303) 765-3139  
    Office: Iliff School of Theology

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  • Ted Vial
    Ted Vial

    Professor of Theology and Modern Western Religious Thought
    Iliff School of Theology

    Specialization: Modern Theology; Enlightenment and Post-Enlightenment Theories of Religions; Religion in the Public Square; Gender in Early German Romanticism

    Publications:

    • Modern Religion, Modern Race (Oxford, 2016)
    • Schleiermacher: A Guide for the Perplexed (T & T Clark, 2013)
    • Liturgy Wars: Ritual Theory and Protestant Reform in Nineteenth-Century Zurich (Routledge, 2004)
    • Ethical Monotheism, Past and Present: Essays in Honor of Wendell S. Dietrich, co-editor (Brown Judaic Studies, 2001)

    Courses:
    Race and Religion 
    Religion, Gender, and Judaism
    The Pantheism Controversy
    The Atheism Controversy
    Theory and Methods in the Study of Religion
    Religion in the Public Square

    Professional Label: Modern theology

    Email: tvial@iliff.edu
    Phone: (303) 765-3166 
    Office: Iliff School of Theology

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