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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.

Antony Alumkal
aalumkal Associate Professor of Sociology of Religion

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

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

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Rubén Arjona
rarjona Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology and Care

Specialization: Pastoral theology; Life cycle theory; Pastoral care of Mexican and Latino men; Pastoral care of couples and families

Email: rarjona@iliff.edu
Phone: 303-765-3124 
Office: Iliff School of Theology

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Gary Brower
gbrower University Chaplain & Director of Religious and Spiritual Life, University of Denver

Specialization: New Testament; Church History; Anglican history; Women's Studies; Appreciative Inquiry

Email: gary.brower@du.edu
Phone: 303-871-4488 
Office: Driscoll Student Center South, Suite 29

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Rebecca Chopp
rchopp Chancellor of the University of Denver

Specialization: Interdisciplinary and holistic education; Liberation and Political Theologies; Feminism

Email: chancellor@du.edu 
Phone: 303-871-2111
Office: Office of the Chancellor (2199 S. University Blvd.)

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Miguel De La Torre
mdelatorre Professor of Social Ethics and Latinx Studies

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

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

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Sandra Dixon
sdixon Associate Professor in Psychology of Religion

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

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

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Carrie Doehring
cdoehring Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling

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

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

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Pamela Eisenbaum
peisebaum Professor of Biblical Studies and Christian Origins; Former JDP Director

Specialization: New Testament, especially Pauline Writings; Formation of the Canon 

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

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Amy Erickson
aerickson Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible

Specialization: Hebrew Bible; Biblical Interpretation; Theories of identity and constructions of the self; Poetic and mythological texts in ancient Near Eastern literature

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

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Mark K. George
mgeorge Professor of Bible and Ancient Systems of Thought

Specialization: Hebrew Bible: Pentateuch and Narrative Texts; Subjectivities and Societies in Ancient Systems 

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

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Albert Hernández
ahernandez Associate Professor of the History of Christianity

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

Email: ahernandez@iliff.edu
Phone: N/A 
Office: Iliff School of Theology

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Catherine Kelsey
ckelsey 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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Jacob Kinnard
jkinnard Professor of Comparative Religions

Specialization: Comparative religion; Religious traditions of India; Theoretical and Methodological Issues in the Study of Religion 

Email: jkinnard@iliff.edu
Phone: (303) 765-3164 
Office: Iliff School of Theology

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Jennifer Leath
jleath Assistant Professor of Religion and Social Justice

Specialization: Afro-Diasporic Women's Spiritualities and Social Activism; Sexual Ethics and Economics of Historically Black Churches; Intersection of sexualities and religions in sacred communities and spaces of African Diaspora 

Email: jleath@iliff.edu
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Office: Iliff School of Theology

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Boyung Lee
blee 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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Luis Léon
lleon Professor, Department of Religious Studies

Specialization: Religion in the Americas; Postcolonialism; Latina/o Studies 

Email: luis.leon@du.edu
Phone: 303-871-4706 
Office: DU, Sturm Hall 269

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Jeffrey Mahan
jmahan Ralph E. and Norma E. Peck Chair in Religion and Public Communication
Professor of Ministry, Media and Culture


Specialization: Religion and Society; Religion in Digital Culture; Media, Religion, and Culture 

Email: jmahan@iliff.edu
Phone: (303) 765-3192 
Office: Iliff School of Theology

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Ben Nourse
bnourse 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
spessin Professor, Department of Philosophy; Director of the Center for Judaic Studies, University of Denver

Specialization: Jewish philosophy; Neoplatonisms; Comparative Jewish, Islamic and Christian medieval philosophy; Modern Jewish philosophy

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

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Carl Raschke
craschke Professor, Department of Religious Studies

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

Email: carlraschke@gmail.com
Phone: 303-871-3117 
Office: DU, Sturm Hall 273

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Gregory Robbins
grobbins Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies

Specialization: History of Christianity; Christian Scriptures; Religion and Film 

Email: grobbins@du.edu
Phone: 303-871-2751
Office: DU, Sturm Hall 270

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Alison Schofield
aschofield Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies Judaic Studies, Dead Sea Scrolls

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

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

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Eric C. Smith
ecsmith Term Assistant Professor of the History of Christianity and New Testament Studies

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 

Email: ecsmith@iliff.edu
Phone: (303) 765-3199 
Office: Iliff School of Theology

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Andrea Stanton
astanton Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies Islamic studies, Middle Eastern History, Media and Politics 

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

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

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Katherine Turpin
kturpin Associate Professor of Religious Education

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

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

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Ted Vial
tvial Professor of Theology and Modern Western Religious Thought; Former JDP Director

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

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

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Michele Watkins
mwatkins Gerald L. Schlessman Professorship in Methodist Studies and Assistant Professor of Theology

Specialization: Christian Theology and Womanist thought, Patristic theology, and Wesleyan theology; Social Justice and socio-economic oppression and systemic evil 

Email: mwatkins@iliff.edu
Phone: TBD 
Office: Iliff School of Theology

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