Areas of Study

Program Strengths for In-Depth Study

Like any PhD program, the JDP has resources to offer specialized study in a limited number of subject areas. The expertise of JDP faculty determine the most productive opportunities for study and for directed research, such as dissertation projects. Students are encouraged to read faculty publications as they explore the academic areas listed below, but these are not formal concentrations and students do not need to locate themselves in a specific area. Just as faculty self-locate in multiple areas, so may students.

Bible, Ancient Judaism, Early Christianity

  • 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. San Francisco: 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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  • 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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  • 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

    Specializations: 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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Religion, Art, and Media

  • Santhoush Chandrashekar

    Assistant Professor
    Department of Communication Studies

    Specializations: Critical Ethnic and Race Studies; South Asian American Studies; Critical Religious Studies; Lingayat Studies; Intersectional Hindu Studies; South Asian religious traditions; Intersections of Caste, Race, and Gender; Kannada Studies

    Publications:

    • "Engendering threat in the guise of protection: Orientalism and Sikh vulnerability," in Journal of Multicultural Discourses, 12(4), 366-381.
    • "The 'One Percent': De'naturalizing' Tech Worker Discourses of Unfairness," in Departures in Critical Qualitative Research (Forthcoming). 

    Courses:
    Modernity & Violence
    Colonialism/Race/Decolonization
    Race, Difference, & Social Struggles
    Feminist Theories
    Critical Sexuality Studies

    Professional Label:Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, South Asian American Studies; Lingayat Studies; Intersectional Hindu Studies

    Email: santhosh.chandrashekar@du.edu 
    Phone: 303-871-4313 
    Office: DU, Sturm Hall 292

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  • Lauren DeCarvalho
    Lauren DeCarvalho

    Assistant Professor, Media, Film, and Journalism Studies
    University of Denver

    Specialization: Film theory and criticism, pop culture/film/tv; intersection of gender, race, and other identity markers within television and film; media depiction of gender and economic issues in the workplace; on-screen and off-screen narratives of incarcerated women

    Publications:

    • DeCarvalho, L. J., & Martίnez-Carrillo, N. I. (2021). Crims and crooks: Automatization, communicative capitalism, fandom, and promotional campaigns for Wentworth. Critical Studies in Media Communication, 38(3), 211-224. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1080/15295036.2021.1893775
    • DeCarvalho, L. J. (2021). Visible only behind bars: How indigenous Australian women reframe and reclaim their experiences on Wentworth. Women's Studies in Communication, 44(1), 65-80. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1080/07491409.2020.1781314

    Courses: film history, theory and criticism courses

    Profesional Label: feminist media studies, critical/cultural studies,
    film theory and criticism

    Email:  lauren.decarvalho@du.edu
    Phone: 303-871-3832
    Office: DU Mass Communications Building, 2490 S. Gaylord St. Denver, CO 80208

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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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  • Rafael Fajardo
    Rafael Fajardo

    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

    Selected Exhibitions:
    2021 ReVisión: A New Look at Art in the Americas, Denver Art Museum, Denver Colorado.
    2020 “Garden del Rio Grande” In Kepler’s Gardens, Ars Electronica, Linz Austria and online.
    2019 ScreenIt Stads Triennale, Hasselt, Belgium
    2018 Deep Roots an exhibition commemorating the 300th anniversary of the founding of San Antonio, Texas.
    2018 NextNewGames, Institute of Contemporary Art, San José, California.
    2017 Rafael Fajardo: Crossings, Emmanuel Gallery, Denver, Colorado.


    Courses:
    EDPX 4000 Digital Design Concepts
    EDPX 3110 Rapid Game Design & Prototyping
    EDPX 3115 Game Design: Paper to Digital
    EDPX 3120 Making Critical
    EDPX 3130 Making Educational Games
    EDPX 3710 Critical Game Cultures

    Professional Label: Critical Making; Socially Conscious Games; Games for Change; Design History; Media History

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

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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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  • Annabeth Headrick
    Annabeth Headrick

    Associate Professor, Department of Art History; Graduate Art History Advisor

    University of Denver

    Specialization: Mesoamerican, Native North American, and Andean Art

    Publications:

    • Headrick, A. (2007). The Teotihuacan Trinity: The Sociopolitical Structure of an Ancient Mesoamerican City. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press.
    • Headrick, A. (2018). The Osario of Chichen Itza: Where Warriors Danced in Paradise. In L. Wren, K. Spencer, C. Kristan-Graham, & T. Nygard (Eds.), Landscapes of the Itza: Archaeology and Art History at Chichen Itza and Neighboring Sites (pp. 198-225). Gainesville, Florida: University of Florida Press.
    • Headrick, A. (2003). Butterfly War at Teotihuacan. In M. K. Brown & T. Stanton (Eds.), Ancient Mesoamerican Warfare (pp. 149-170). Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press.
    • Headrick, A. (1999). The Street of the Dead..It Really Was: Mortuary Bundles at Teotihuacan. Ancient Mesoamerica, 10, 69-85

    Courses: Art of the Maya, Mesoamerican Art, Native North American Art, and Art of the Andes, contemporary Native North American art

    Professional Label: Art history, Precolumbian art

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

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  • W. Scott Howard
    Scott Howard

    Professor, English Department
    University of Denver

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

    Publications:

    Courses: Shakespeare, Critical Essay, Susan Howe and Vulnerability, Documentary Poetics and Praxis, Poetics Research, 'After' Objectivism, the Matter of Revolution

    Professional Label: modern and postmodern American poetry; Renaissance and early modern literature & culture; critical theory, poetics, and historiography; fine press & small press book arts; digital humanities. 

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

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  • Jason Jeffries

    Jason Jeffries

    University of Denver, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

    Specializations: African American Religions; Religion and Popular Culture; Embodiment and Religion; Critical Race Theory; Black Mythology

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  • Laleh Mehran

     

    Laleh Mehran

    Laleh Mehran, MFA, Carnegie Mellon University

    University of Denver, Emergent Digital Practices - Professor and Graduate Director

    Publications/Performances:

    • Chanzit, G. L., & Mehran, L. (2017). All In: Laleh Mehran's Inherent Control Ciphers. Inherent Control Ciphers. Bucknell University.
    • Mehran, L. (2018). The Interstitium. Mattress Factory Museum, Pittsburgh, PA.
    • Mehran, L. (2017). Inherent Control Cyphers . Samek Art Museum, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA, USA. 

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

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  • Bilha Moor
    Bilha Moor

    Assistant Professor of Islamic Art History
    School of Art and Art History
    University of Denver

    Specialization:  Islamic art history, Islamic figurative painting, early Islamic Arabic inscriptions in architectural, historical, and religious contexts

    Publications: 

    • "The Jew, the Orthodox Christian, and the European in Ottoman Eyes, ca. 1550-1700." In Disliking Others: Loathing, Hostility and Distrust in Pre-Modern Ottoman Lands. Edited by Hakan T. Karateke, H. Erdem Çıpa and Helga Anetshofer. Boston: Academic Studies Press, 2018, pp. 75-106.
    • "Mosque and Church: Arabic Inscriptions at Shivta in the Early Islamic Period." Jerusalem Studies in Arabic and Islam (JSAI) 40 (2013), pp. 73-141.
    • “Shahnama Kings And Heroes In 'Aja'ib Al-Makhluqat Illustrated Manuscripts.” In Shahnama Studies Ii. The Reception Of Firdausi’s Shahnama. edited by Charles Melville and Gabrielle van den Berg. 267-80, and plates 23-26 Leiden: Brill. 2012.

    Courses: 
    Graduate Seminar on Islamic Illustrated Manuscripts
    History and Fantasy in Islamic Painting
    Mosques and Aniconism: Islamic Art & Architecture 650-1250
    Dragons and Sultans: Islamic Art & Architecture 1250-1700

    Professional Label: Islamic Art History

    Email: bilha.moor@du.edu 
    Phone: 303-871-2451
    Office: DU, Shwayder Art Building  

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  • Ben Nourse

    Ben Nourse, Ph.D., University of Virginia, Religious Studies

    Assistant Professor
    Department of Religious Studies, University of Denver

  • R. D. Perry
    R. D. Perry

    Ph.D., English and Medieval Studies, University of California, Berkeley

    Assistant Professor, English and Literary Arts
    University of Denver

    Specialization: medieval and early modern English literature; the literature of medieval Western Europe; critical theory; the history of philosophy; medieval philosophy; religious cultures of late medieval England; literary theory (including historicism, queer theory, postcolonial theory, and other contemporary critical methodologies)

    Publications:

    • Charles d’Orléans’ English Aesthetic: The Form, Poetics, and Style of ‘Fortunes Stabilnes’. Ed. with Mary-Jo Arn. Intro. R. D. Perry. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2020.
      “Hannah Arendt’s Middle Ages for the Left.” In Thinking of the Middle Ages: Midcentury Intellectuals and the Medieval. Ed. R. D. Perry and Benjamin Saltzman. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. At press.
    • “Chaucer’s Summoner’s Tale and the Logic of Literature.” Special Issue on “Logic and Literary Form.” Poetics Today 41 (2020): 37-57. 
    • “Lydgate’s Virtual Coteries: Chaucer’s Family and Gower’s Pacifism in the Fifteenth Century.” Speculum 93 (2018): 669-98. 
    • “Langland’s French Song.” Yearbook of Langland Studies 30 (2016): 277-96. 
    • “Lydgate’s Danse Macabre and the Trauma of the Hundred Years War.” Special Issue on “Medieval Trauma.” Literature and Medicine 33.2 (2015): 303-24. 

    Courses:
    Graduate courses on Chaucer, Langland, Shakespeare, Kant, Hegel, critical theory, and literary theory

    Professional Label: medievalist and early modernist; critical theorist

    Email: r.d.perry@du.edu
    Phone: 303-871-2909
    Office: 386D Sturm Hall, 2000 E Asbury Ave, Denver CO 80208

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  • Trace Reddell
    Trace Reddell

    Associate Professor, Emergent Digital Practices
    University of Denver

    Specialization: Sound Studies, Digital Media Studies, Critical Theory, Popular Cosmology, Science Fiction Studies, Audiovisual Performance, Analog Synthesizers

    Publications/Performances:

    • Reddell, T. (2018). The Sound of Things to Come: An Audible History of the Science Fiction Film. Minneapolis, MN, United States: University of Minnesota Press. Retrieved from https://www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/the-sound-of-things-to-come
    • “Ethnoforgery and Outsider Afrofuturism,” in Dancecult: The Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture, Vol. 5, No. 2 (2013).
    • “Cyborg Ritual and Sentic Technology in the Vortex Concerts,” in The Poetics of Space: Spatial Explorations in Art, Science, Music & Technology (Sonic Acts Press, Paradiso, 2010). 
    • Reddell, T. E. (2018). Linguistic Programming of Sonic Psychotechnologies @ Lafayette Electronic Arts Festival. Lafayette, CO, USA.

    Courses :
    Emergent Digital Cultures
    Pharmakomedia
    Sonic Science

    Professional Label: Emergent Digital Practices

    Email: treddell@du.edu
    Phone: 303-871-3874
    Office: DU, Sturm Hall 216B

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  • Lynn Schofield Clark

     

    Lynn Schofield Clark

    Professor and Chair
    Department of Media, Film and Journalism Studies
    University of Denver
    Director, Estlow International Center for Journalism and New Media

    Specializations: Media; religion and culture; ethnography; community engaged research; social sciences and religion; journalism; U.S. families and digital media

    Publications:

    • co-authored with Regina Marchi, Young People & the Future of News (Cambridge U Press, 2017).
    • The Parent App: Understanding Families in a Digital Age (Oxford University Press, 2014)
    • Religion, Media and the Marketplace (Rutgers University Press, 2007)
    • From Angels to Aliens: Teenagers, the Media, and the Supernatural (Oxford University Press, 2005)

    Courses:
    Qualitative Research Methods
    Digital Media Studies
    Multicultural Journalism

    Professional Label: Critical/Cultural Media Studies; Media, Religion, and Culture

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

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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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  • Annette Stott

     

    Annette Stott

    Professor of Art History
    School of Art and Art History

    Specializations: History of American art and religions

    Publications:

    Courses:                    
    Graduate Seminar on Spirituality in Modern and Contemporary Art
    American Art and Religion
    Visual Culture of Death

    Professional Label:  Art History; American Art and Religion

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  • Dheepa Sundaram

     

    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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Social Justice, Race, and Identity

  • Antony 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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  • Santhosh Chandrashekar

    Santhosh Chandrashekar

    Assistant Professor
    Department of Communication Studies

    Specializations: Critical Ethnic and Race Studies; South Asian American Studies; Critical Religious Studies; Lingayat Studies; Intersectional Hindu Studies; South Asian religious traditions; Intersections of Caste, Race, and Gender; Kannada Studies

    Publications:

    • "Engendering threat in the guise of protection: Orientalism and Sikh vulnerability," in Journal of Multicultural Discourses, 12(4), 366-381.
    • "The 'One Percent': De'naturalizing' Tech Worker Discourses of Unfairness," in Departures in Critical Qualitative Research (Forthcoming). 

    Courses:
    Modernity & Violence
    Colonialism/Race/Decolonization
    Race, Difference, & Social Struggles
    Feminist Theories
    Critical Sexuality Studies

    Professional Label: Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, South Asian American Studies; Lingayat Studies; Intersectional Hindu Studies

  • Lauren DeCarvalho
    Lauren DeCarvalho

    Assistant Professor, Media, Film, and Journalism Studies
    University of Denver

    Specialization: Film theory and criticism, pop culture/film/tv; intersection of gender, race, and other identity markers within television and film; media depiction of gender and economic issues in the workplace; on-screen and off-screen    narratives of incarcerated women

    Publications:

    • DeCarvalho, L. J., & Martίnez-Carrillo, N. I. (2021). Crims and crooks: Automatization, communicative capitalism, fandom, and promotional campaigns for Wentworth. Critical Studies in Media Communication, 38(3), 211-224. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1080/15295036.2021.1893775
    • DeCarvalho, L. J. (2021). Visible only behind bars: How indigenous Australian women reframe and reclaim their experiences on Wentworth. Women's Studies in Communication, 44(1), 65-80. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1080/07491409.2020.1781314

    Courses: film history, theory and criticism courses

    Profesional Label: feminist media studies, critical/cultural studies,
    film theory and criticism

    Email:  lauren.decarvalho@du.edu
    Phone: 303-871-3832
    Office: DU Mass Communications Building, 2490 S. Gaylord St. Denver, CO 80208

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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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  • Kelly Fayard

     

    Kelly Fayard

    Assistant Professor of Anthropology
    University of Denver

    Specializations: Native North America, kinship, race/biology/blood quantum, museums, Indigenous feminisms

    Publications:

    • Book manuscript.  Fighting to Belong: Race, Kinship, and Community Among the Poarch Band of Creek Indians (In progress)
    • Back “Poarch” Politics: States, “states,” and Indigenous Sovereignty in Alabama.  The Journal of Anthropology of North America.  Forthcoming Fall 2021.
    • “Decolonizing and Building Community” in The Academic’s Handbook edited by Lori Flores and Jocelyn Olcott, 2020.
    • “Native American Dance History and Powwow Styles” in Dance Pedagogy for a Diverse World: Culturally Relevant Teaching in Theory, Research and Practice by Nyama McCarthy-Brown, 2017.
    • “Collaboration with Family: Anthropological Work with the Poarch Band of Creek Indians.” Anthropology News, 2013.  

    Courses: Anthropological Theory and Context, Indigenous Feminisms, Native North America, Exhibit Design, Anthropological Kinship, Natives in Film, Anthropological Methods

    Professional Label: Native North America, Indigenous feminism

    Email: kelly.fayard@du.edu
    Phone: 303-871-2679
    Office: Sturm Hall, 2000 East Asbury Avenue Denver, CO 80208

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  • Albert Hernández

     

    Albert Hernandez

    Albert Hernández

    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

    University of Denver, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

    Specializations: African American Religions; Religion and Popular Culture; Embodiment and Religion; Critical Race Theory; Black Mythology

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  • Kristina Lizardy-Hajbi

     

    Kristina Lizardy-Hajbi

    Kristina Lizardy-Hajbi, Ph.D., University of Colorado

    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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  • Marco J. Nathan

     

    Marco J. Nathan

    Marco J. Nathan, Ph.D., Columbia University

    Associate Professor, Chair of Department of Philosophy
    University of Denver

    Specialization: Phil. of Science, Phil. of Biology, Phil. of Neuroscience, Psychology and Cognitive Science, Phil. of Mind and Language, Logic, Phil. of Economics, Metaphysics, Epistemology

    Publications:

    • Black Boxes: How Science Turns Ignorance into Knowledge (New York: Oxford University Press, 2021)
    • Rethinking Publications: Aging, Special Issue of History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences. Co-edited with A. Blasimme and G. Boniolo, 2021.
    • `Prediction, Explanation, and the Toolbox Problem,' In J. Bickle, C. Craver, & A. Barwich, The Tools of Neuroscience Experiment: Philosophical and Scientific Perspectives, New York: Routledge, in press.
    • `Mob Rules: Towards a Causal Account of Social Structure' American Philosophical Quarterly, 59(1), pp. 11-26, 2022 (with A. Borghini)
    • `Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? From Biological Age to Biological Time,' History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences 43: 26, 2021.

    Courses:
    The Specter of Scientism; Topics in Metaphysics: Universals; Logic, Language, and Metaphysics; Philosophy of Economics; Philosophy of Mind; Philosophy of Science

    Professional Label: Philosophy of science, philosophy of mind, metaphysics.

    Email: marco.nathan@du.edu 
    Phone: 303-871-2767  
    Office: DU, Sturm Hall 264

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  • Debora Ortega

     

    Debora Ortega

    Debora Ortega, Ph.D., University of Washington

    Professor; Director, University of Denver Latino Center for Community Engagement and Scholarship

    Specialization: culturally responsive practice, disparities, families and family systems, latina/latino populations, LGBTQIA, marginalized populations, race and ethnicity, racial justice, research methods, social justice

    Publications:

    • Co-authored with Jennifer Propp and Forest NewHeart, "Independence or interdependence: Rethinking the transition from "ward of the court" to adulthood" Families in Society Vol. 84 (2), 2003, 295-266.
    • Co-authored with Yolanda Anyon, et.al., "An exploration of the relationships between student racial background and the school sub-contexts of office discipline referrals: A critical race theory analysis" Race Ethnicity and Education Vol. 21 (3), 2018, 390-406.
    • Co-authored with Lilia Cervantes, "The illness experience of undocumented immigrants with end-stage renal disease" JAMA Internal Medicine Vol.177 (4), 2017, 529-535.
    • "How much support is too much? Parenting efficacy and social support" Children and Youth Services Review, 2002. 

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

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  • R. D. Perry
    R. D. Perry

    Ph.D., English and Medieval Studies, University of California, Berkeley

    Assistant Professor, English and Literary Arts
    University of Denver

    Specialization: medieval and early modern English literature; the literature of medieval Western Europe; critical theory; the history of philosophy; medieval philosophy; religious cultures of late medieval England; literary theory (including historicism, queer theory, postcolonial theory, and other contemporary critical methodologies)

    Publications:

    • Charles d’Orléans’ English Aesthetic: The Form, Poetics, and Style of ‘Fortunes Stabilnes’. Ed. with Mary-Jo Arn. Intro. R. D. Perry. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2020.
      “Hannah Arendt’s Middle Ages for the Left.” In Thinking of the Middle Ages: Midcentury Intellectuals and the Medieval. Ed. R. D. Perry and Benjamin Saltzman. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. At press.
    • “Chaucer’s Summoner’s Tale and the Logic of Literature.” Special Issue on “Logic and Literary Form.” Poetics Today 41 (2020): 37-57. 
    • “Lydgate’s Virtual Coteries: Chaucer’s Family and Gower’s Pacifism in the Fifteenth Century.” Speculum 93 (2018): 669-98. 
    • “Langland’s French Song.” Yearbook of Langland Studies 30 (2016): 277-96. 
    • “Lydgate’s Danse Macabre and the Trauma of the Hundred Years War.” Special Issue on “Medieval Trauma.” Literature and Medicine 33.2 (2015): 303-24. 

    Courses:
    Graduate courses on Chaucer, Langland, Shakespeare, Kant, Hegel, critical theory, and literary theory

    Professional Label: medievalist and early modernist; critical theorist

    Email: r.d.perry@du.edu
    Phone: 303-871-2909
    Office: 386D Sturm Hall, 2000 E Asbury Ave, Denver CO 80208

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  • Dheepa Sundaram

     

    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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  • Ted Vial

     

    Ted Vial

    Ted Vial, Ph.D., University of Chicago

    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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Religion and Politics

  • Santhosh Chandrashekar

    Santhosh Chandrashekar

    Assistant Professor
    Department of Communication Studies

    Specializations: Critical Ethnic and Race Studies; South Asian American Studies; Critical Religious Studies; Lingayat Studies; Intersectional Hindu Studies; South Asian religious traditions; Intersections of Caste, Race, and Gender; Kannada Studies

    Publications:

    • "Engendering threat in the guise of protection: Orientalism and Sikh vulnerability," in Journal of Multicultural Discourses, 12(4), 366-381.
    • "The 'One Percent': De'naturalizing' Tech Worker Discourses of Unfairness," in Departures in Critical Qualitative Research (Forthcoming). 

    Courses:
    Modernity & Violence
    Colonialism/Race/Decolonization
    Race, Difference, & Social Struggles
    Feminist Theories
    Critical Sexuality Studies

    Professional Label: Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, South Asian American Studies; Lingayat Studies; Intersectional Hindu Studies

  • 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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  • Joshua Hanan
    Joshua Hanan

    Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies
    Department of Communication Studies

    University of Denver

    Specialization: Rhetorical Theory and Criticism; Political Economy of Rhetoric; Old and New Materialism; Cultural Studies; Science and Technology Studies; Neoliberalism; Governmentality; Biopolitics

    Publications:

    • Figures of Entanglement: Diffractive Readings of Barad, New Materialism, and Rhetorical Theory and Criticism. Co-edited with Chris Gamble. New York: Routledge. 2021. 
    • Communication and the Economy: History, Value and Agency. Co-edited with Mark Hayward. New York: Peter Lang, 2014.
    • “Precarious Economies: Capitalism’s Creative Destruction in the Age of Neoliberal Campus Planning” Co-authored with Phillip Goodwin, Rubén Casas, Ralph Cintron, Leslie L. Rossman, and Nick J. Sciullo. Review of Communication 20.2 (2020): 152-160.
    • “Critical & Rhetorical Ways of Knowing.” Co-authored with Chris Gamble. In B. H. Spitzberg, D. J. Canary, and H. E. Canary (Eds.), The Communication Capstone: The Communication Inquiry and Theory Experience (CITE) (pp. 76-91). San Diego, CA: Cognella, 2020.

    Courses:
    Critical Cultural Approaches to Rhetorical Criticism
    Rhetoric and Materialism
    Rhetoric and Affect Theory
    Rhetoric and Critical Theory
    Performativity and/as Disability
    Rhetoric and Neoliberalism
    Rhetoric and Biopolitics
    Rhetoric and Technology

    Professional Label: Rhetorical Theory, Rhetorical Theory and Criticism, Critical Theory and Cultural Studies, Rhetoric of Economics

    Email: joshua.hanan@du.edu 
    Phone: 303-871-4321
    Office: DU, Sturm Hall, Room 297

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  • Nader Hashemi
    Nader Hashemi

    Associate Professor, Director of the Center for Middle East Studies, Josef Korbel School of International Studies 
    University of Denver

    Specialization: Middle East and Islamic affairs, religion and democracy, secularism, comparative politics and political theory, politics of the Middle East, democracy and human rights, Islam-West relations.


    Publications:

    • Co-edit with Danny Postel, Sectarianization: Mapping the New Politics of the Middle East (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017)
    • Co-edit with Danny Postel, The Syria Dilemma (Cambridge: the MIT Press, 2013)
    • Co-edit with Danny Postel, The People Reloaded: The Green Movement and the Struggle for Iran's Future (Brooklyn: Melvillehouse, 2010)

    Courses:
    INTS 4620 (Introduction to Middle East and Islamic Politics)
    INTS 4626 (Modern Islamic Political Thought)
    INTS 4525 (Religion and State in Comparative Perspective)
    INTS 4301 (Introduction to Political Theory)

    Professional Label: International Studies, Middle East Studies

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

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  • Jason Jeffries

    Jason Jeffries

    University of Denver, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

    Specializations: African American Religions; Religion and Popular Culture; Embodiment and Religion; Critical Race Theory; Black Mythology

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  • Thomas Nail
    Thomas Nail

    Professor of Philosophy
    Department of Philosophy

    University of Denver

    Specialization: European Philosophy; Political Philosophy; Environmental Philosophy, Process Philosophy, New Materialism

    Publications:

    • Theory of the Earth (Stanford University Press, 2021)
    • Marx in Motion: A New Materialist Marxism (Oxford University Press, 2020)
    • Theory of the Image (Oxford University Press, 2019)
    • Being and Motion (Oxford University Press, 2018)
    • Theory of the Border (Oxford University Press, 2016)

    Courses:
    Marxism
    Great Thinkers: Virginia Woolf
    Philosophy of Movement
    Between Deuluze and Foucault

    Professional Label: Philosophy of Movement, Kinetic Philosophy

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

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  • Marco J. Nathan

     

    Marco Nathan

    Marco J. Nathan, Ph.D., Columbia University 

    Associate Professor, Chair of Department of Philosophy
    University of Denver

    Specialization: Phil. of Science, Phil. of Biology, Phil. of Neuroscience, Psychology and Cognitive Science, Phil. of Mind and Language, Logic, Phil. of Economics, Metaphysics, Epistemology

    Publications:

    • Black Boxes: How Science Turns Ignorance into Knowledge (New York: Oxford University Press, 2021)
    • Rethinking Publications: Aging, Special Issue of History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences. Co-edited with A. Blasimme and G. Boniolo, 2021.
    • `Prediction, Explanation, and the Toolbox Problem,' In J. Bickle, C. Craver, & A. Barwich, The Tools of Neuroscience Experiment: Philosophical and Scientific Perspectives, New York: Routledge, in press.
    • `Mob Rules: Towards a Causal Account of Social Structure' American Philosophical Quarterly, 59(1), pp. 11-26, 2022 (with A. Borghini)
    • `Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? From Biological Age to Biological Time,' History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences 43: 26, 2021.

    Courses:
    The Specter of Scientism; Topics in Metaphysics: Universals; Logic, Language, and Metaphysics; Philosophy of Economics; Philosophy of Mind; Philosophy of Science

    Professional Label: Philosophy of science, philosophy of mind, metaphysics.

    Email: marco.nathan@du.edu 
    Phone: 303-871-2767  
    Office: DU, Sturm Hall 264

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  • Carl Raschke

     

    Carl Raschke

    Carl A. Raschke, Ph.D., Harvard University 

    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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  • Andrea L. 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

    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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  • Ted Vial

     

    Ted Vial

    Ted Vial, Ph.D., University of Chicago

    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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  • Santhosh Chandrashekar

    Santhosh Chandrashekar

    Assistant Professor
    Department of Communication Studies

    Specializations: Critical Ethnic and Race Studies; South Asian American Studies; Critical Religious Studies; Lingayat Studies; Intersectional Hindu Studies; South Asian religious traditions; Intersections of Caste, Race, and Gender; Kannada Studies

    Publications:

    • "Engendering threat in the guise of protection: Orientalism and Sikh vulnerability," in Journal of Multicultural Discourses, 12(4), 366-381.
    • "The 'One Percent': De'naturalizing' Tech Worker Discourses of Unfairness," in Departures in Critical Qualitative Research (Forthcoming). 

    Courses:
    Modernity & Violence
    Colonialism/Race/Decolonization
    Race, Difference, & Social Struggles
    Feminist Theories
    Critical Sexuality Studies

    Professional Label: Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, South Asian American Studies; Lingayat Studies; Intersectional Hindu Studies

  • 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. San Francisco: 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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  • Joshua Hanan
    Joshua Hanan

    Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies
    Department of Communication Studies

    University of Denver

    Specialization: Rhetorical Theory and Criticism; Political Economy of Rhetoric; Old and New Materialism; Cultural Studies; Science and Technology Studies; Neoliberalism; Governmentality; Biopolitics

    Publications:

    • Figures of Entanglement: Diffractive Readings of Barad, New Materialism, and Rhetorical Theory and Criticism. Co-edited with Chris Gamble. New York: Routledge. 2021. 
    • Communication and the Economy: History, Value and Agency. Co-edited with Mark Hayward. New York: Peter Lang, 2014.
    • “Precarious Economies: Capitalism’s Creative Destruction in the Age of Neoliberal Campus Planning” Co-authored with Phillip Goodwin, Rubén Casas, Ralph Cintron, Leslie L. Rossman, and Nick J. Sciullo. Review of Communication 20.2 (2020): 152-160.
    • “Critical & Rhetorical Ways of Knowing.” Co-authored with Chris Gamble. In B. H. Spitzberg, D. J. Canary, and H. E. Canary (Eds.), The Communication Capstone: The Communication Inquiry and Theory Experience (CITE) (pp. 76-91). San Diego, CA: Cognella, 2020.

    Courses:
    Critical Cultural Approaches to Rhetorical Criticism
    Rhetoric and Materialism
    Rhetoric and Affect Theory
    Rhetoric and Critical Theory
    Performativity and/as Disability
    Rhetoric and Neoliberalism
    Rhetoric and Biopolitics
    Rhetoric and Technology

    Professional Label: Rhetorical Theory, Rhetorical Theory and Criticism, Critical Theory and Cultural Studies, Rhetoric of Economics

    Email: joshua.hanan@du.edu 
    Phone: 303-871-4321
    Office: DU, Sturm Hall, Room 297

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  • W. Scott Howard
    Scott Howard

    Professor, English Department
    University of Denver

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

    Publications:

    Courses: Shakespeare, Critical Essay, Susan Howe and Vulnerability, Documentary Poetics and Praxis, Poetics Research, 'After' Objectivism, the Matter of Revolution

    Professional Label: modern and postmodern American poetry; Renaissance and early modern literature & culture; critical theory, poetics, and historiography; fine press & small press book arts; digital humanities. 

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

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  • Thomas Nail
    Thomas Nail

    Professor of Philosophy
    Department of Philosophy

    University of Denver

    Specialization: European Philosophy; Political Philosophy; Environmental Philosophy, Process Philosophy, New Materialism

    Publications:

    • Theory of the Earth (Stanford University Press, 2021)
    • Marx in Motion: A New Materialist Marxism (Oxford University Press, 2020)
    • Theory of the Image (Oxford University Press, 2019)
    • Being and Motion (Oxford University Press, 2018)
    • Theory of the Border (Oxford University Press, 2016)

    Courses:
    Marxism
    Great Thinkers: Virginia Woolf
    Philosophy of Movement
    Between Deuluze and Foucault

    Professional Label: Philosophy of Movement, Kinetic Philosophy

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

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  • Jason Jeffries

    Jason Jeffries

    University of Denver, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

    Specializations: African American Religions; Religion and Popular Culture; Embodiment and Religion; Critical Race Theory; Black Mythology

    Courses:

  • R. D. Perry
    R. D. Perry

    Ph.D., English and Medieval Studies, University of California, Berkeley

    Assistant Professor, English and Literary Arts
    University of Denver

    Specialization: medieval and early modern English literature; the literature of medieval Western Europe; critical theory; the history of philosophy; medieval philosophy; religious cultures of late medieval England; literary theory (including historicism, queer theory, postcolonial theory, and other contemporary critical methodologies)

    Publications:

    • Charles d’Orléans’ English Aesthetic: The Form, Poetics, and Style of ‘Fortunes Stabilnes’. Ed. with Mary-Jo Arn. Intro. R. D. Perry. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2020.
      “Hannah Arendt’s Middle Ages for the Left.” In Thinking of the Middle Ages: Midcentury Intellectuals and the Medieval. Ed. R. D. Perry and Benjamin Saltzman. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. At press.
    • “Chaucer’s Summoner’s Tale and the Logic of Literature.” Special Issue on “Logic and Literary Form.” Poetics Today 41 (2020): 37-57. 
    • “Lydgate’s Virtual Coteries: Chaucer’s Family and Gower’s Pacifism in the Fifteenth Century.” Speculum 93 (2018): 669-98. 
    • “Langland’s French Song.” Yearbook of Langland Studies 30 (2016): 277-96. 
    • “Lydgate’s Danse Macabre and the Trauma of the Hundred Years War.” Special Issue on “Medieval Trauma.” Literature and Medicine 33.2 (2015): 303-24. 

    Courses:
    Graduate courses on Chaucer, Langland, Shakespeare, Kant, Hegel, critical theory, and literary theory

    Professional Label: medievalist and early modernist; critical theorist

    Email: r.d.perry@du.edu
    Phone: 303-871-2909
    Office: 386D Sturm Hall, 2000 E Asbury Ave, Denver CO 80208

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  • 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 A. Raschke

     

    Carl Raschke

    Carl A. Raschke, Ph.D., Harvard University

    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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  • Naomi Reshotko
    Naomi Reshotko

    Professor; Department of Philosophy; Former JDP Assistant Director
    University of Denver

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

    Publications:

    • Reshotko, Naomi. Socratic Virtue: Making the Best of the Neither Good nor Bad. Cambridge , UK: Cambridge University Press, 2006.
    • Reshotko, Naomi. “Opining Beauty Itself in Republic V.” International Journal of the Platonic Tradition 14.1 (2020): 5-22. https://doi.org/10.1163/18725473-12341454.
    • Reshotko, Naomi. “Plato's Middle Period Epistemology.” The History Of Epistemology Volume 1. Ed. Smith, Nicholas D. I. London/New York, UK/USA: Bloomsbury Academic, 2018.
    • Reshotko, Naomi. “Plato on the Ordinary Person and the Form.” Apeiron 47.2 (2014): 266-292.
    • Reshotko, Naomi. “A Philosophical Model for the Assessing the Value of the Tamarisk.” Tamarix: A Case Study Of Ecological Change In The American West. Ed. Sher, Anna and Martin Quigley. Vol. 1. Oxford, UK: N.p., 2013: 308-315.

    Courses: 
    Plato's Metaphysics
    Great Thinkers: Aristotle
    Socratic Ethics

    Professional Label: Ancient Greek Philosophy

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

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  • Dheepa Sundaram

     

    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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  • Ted Vial

     

    Ted Vial

    Ted Vial, Ph.D., University of Chicago

    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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  • Antony 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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  • Santhosh Chandrashekar

    Santhosh Chandrashekar

    Assistant Professor
    Department of Communication Studies

    Specializations: Critical Ethnic and Race Studies; South Asian American Studies; Critical Religious Studies; Lingayat Studies; Intersectional Hindu Studies; South Asian religious traditions; Intersections of Caste, Race, and Gender; Kannada Studies

    Publications:

    • "Engendering threat in the guise of protection: Orientalism and Sikh vulnerability," in Journal of Multicultural Discourses, 12(4), 366-381.
    • "The 'One Percent': De'naturalizing' Tech Worker Discourses of Unfairness," in Departures in Critical Qualitative Research (Forthcoming). 

    Courses:
    Modernity & Violence
    Colonialism/Race/Decolonization
    Race, Difference, & Social Struggles
    Feminist Theories
    Critical Sexuality Studies

    Professional Label: Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, South Asian American Studies; Lingayat Studies; Intersectional Hindu Studies

  • Sandra L. Dixon

    Sandra L. Dixon , Ph.D., University of Chicago

    University of Denver, Department of Religious Studies - Associate Professor of Psychology of Religion

  • Carrie Doehring

     

    Carrie Doehring

    Carrie Doehring

    Iliff School of Theology - Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling

    Specializations: Pastoral theology; intercultural spiritual care; trauma from psychological and theological perspectives; spiritually integrated care and counseling

    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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  • Joshua Hanan
    Joshua Hanan

    Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies
    Department of Communication Studies

    University of Denver

    Specialization: Rhetorical Theory and Criticism; Political Economy of Rhetoric; Old and New Materialism; Cultural Studies; Science and Technology Studies; Neoliberalism; Governmentality; Biopolitics

    Publications:

    • Figures of Entanglement: Diffractive Readings of Barad, New Materialism, and Rhetorical Theory and Criticism. Co-edited with Chris Gamble. New York: Routledge. 2021. 
    • Communication and the Economy: History, Value and Agency. Co-edited with Mark Hayward. New York: Peter Lang, 2014.
    • “Precarious Economies: Capitalism’s Creative Destruction in the Age of Neoliberal Campus Planning” Co-authored with Phillip Goodwin, Rubén Casas, Ralph Cintron, Leslie L. Rossman, and Nick J. Sciullo. Review of Communication 20.2 (2020): 152-160.
    • “Critical & Rhetorical Ways of Knowing.” Co-authored with Chris Gamble. In B. H. Spitzberg, D. J. Canary, and H. E. Canary (Eds.), The Communication Capstone: The Communication Inquiry and Theory Experience (CITE) (pp. 76-91). San Diego, CA: Cognella, 2020.

    Courses:
    Critical Cultural Approaches to Rhetorical Criticism
    Rhetoric and Materialism
    Rhetoric and Affect Theory
    Rhetoric and Critical Theory
    Performativity and/as Disability
    Rhetoric and Neoliberalism
    Rhetoric and Biopolitics
    Rhetoric and Technology

    Professional Label: Rhetorical Theory, Rhetorical Theory and Criticism, Critical Theory and Cultural Studies, Rhetoric of Economics

    Email: joshua.hanan@du.edu 
    Phone: 303-871-4321
    Office: DU, Sturm Hall, Room 297

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  • Albert Hernández

     

    Albert Hernandez

    Albert Hernández

    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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  • W. Scott Howard
    Scott Howard

    Professor, English Department
    University of Denver

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

    Publications:

    Courses: Shakespeare, Critical Essay, Susan Howe and Vulnerability, Documentary Poetics and Praxis, Poetics Research, 'After' Objectivism, the Matter of Revolution

    Professional Label: modern and postmodern American poetry; Renaissance and early modern literature & culture; critical theory, poetics, and historiography; fine press & small press book arts; digital humanities. 

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

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  • Jason Jeffries

    Jason Jeffries

    University of Denver, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

    Specializations: African American Religions; Religion and Popular Culture; Embodiment and Religion; Critical Race Theory; Black Mythology

    Courses:

  • Kristina Lizardy-Hajbi

     

    Kristina Lizardy-Hajbi

    Kristina Lizardy-Hajbi, Ph.D., University of Colorado

    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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  • Daniel N. McIntosh

     

    Daniel N. McIntosh

    Daniel N. McIntosh

    Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology
    University of Denver

    Specialization: Social Psychology; Emotions; Coping; interested in Study of Spiritual Exercises


    Publications:

    • McIntosh, D. N., & Newton, A. (2013). An explicit request for minitheories in the psychology of religion and spirituality. International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 23(4), 261-270. doi:10.1080/10508619.2013.795805
    • Van Tongeren, D. R., McIntosh, D. N., Raad, J. M., & Pae, J. (2013). The existential function of intrinsic religiousness: Moderation of effects of priming religion on intercultural tolerance and afterlife anxiety, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 52,508-523
    • McIntosh, D. N., Poulin, M. J., Silver, R. C., & Holman, E. A. (2011). The distinct roles of spirituality and religiosity in physical and mental health after collective trauma: A national longitudinal study of responses to the 9/11 attacks.  Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 34, 497–507. DOI: 10.1007/s10865-011-9331

    Courses:
    Courses on Social Psychology with a focus on emotions and the psychology of religion

    Professional Label: Social Psychology; Psychology of Religion

    Email: daniel.mcintosh@du.edu 
    Phone: 303-872-2112
    Office: DU, Nagel Hall 064

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  • Marco J. Nathan

     

    Marco Nathan

    Marco J. Nathan, Ph.D., Columbia University

    Associate Professor, Chair of Department of Philosophy
    University of Denver

    Specialization: Phil. of Science, Phil. of Biology, Phil. of Neuroscience, Psychology and Cognitive Science, Phil. of Mind and Language, Logic, Phil. of Economics, Metaphysics, Epistemology

    Publications:

    • Black Boxes: How Science Turns Ignorance into Knowledge (New York: Oxford University Press, 2021)
    • Rethinking Publications: Aging, Special Issue of History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences. Co-edited with A. Blasimme and G. Boniolo, 2021.
    • `Prediction, Explanation, and the Toolbox Problem,' In J. Bickle, C. Craver, & A. Barwich, The Tools of Neuroscience Experiment: Philosophical and Scientific Perspectives, New York: Routledge, in press.
    • `Mob Rules: Towards a Causal Account of Social Structure' American Philosophical Quarterly, 59(1), pp. 11-26, 2022 (with A. Borghini)
    • `Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? From Biological Age to Biological Time,' History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences 43: 26, 2021.

    Courses:
    The Specter of Scientism; Topics in Metaphysics: Universals; Logic, Language, and Metaphysics; Philosophy of Economics; Philosophy of Mind; Philosophy of Science

    Professional Label: Philosophy of science, philosophy of mind, metaphysics.

    Email: marco.nathan@du.edu 
    Phone: 303-871-2767  
    Office: DU, Sturm Hall 264

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  • Benjamin Nourse

    Benjamin Nourse, Ph.D., University of Virginia, Religious Studies

    Assistant Professor
    Department of Religious Studies, University of Denver

  • R. D. Perry
    R. D. Perry

    Ph.D., English and Medieval Studies, University of California, Berkeley

    Assistant Professor, English and Literary Arts
    University of Denver

    Specialization: medieval and early modern English literature; the literature of medieval Western Europe; critical theory; the history of philosophy; medieval philosophy; religious cultures of late medieval England; literary theory (including historicism, queer theory, postcolonial theory, and other contemporary critical methodologies)

    Publications:

    • Charles d’Orléans’ English Aesthetic: The Form, Poetics, and Style of ‘Fortunes Stabilnes’. Ed. with Mary-Jo Arn. Intro. R. D. Perry. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2020.
      “Hannah Arendt’s Middle Ages for the Left.” In Thinking of the Middle Ages: Midcentury Intellectuals and the Medieval. Ed. R. D. Perry and Benjamin Saltzman. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. At press.
    • “Chaucer’s Summoner’s Tale and the Logic of Literature.” Special Issue on “Logic and Literary Form.” Poetics Today 41 (2020): 37-57. 
    • “Lydgate’s Virtual Coteries: Chaucer’s Family and Gower’s Pacifism in the Fifteenth Century.” Speculum 93 (2018): 669-98. 
    • “Langland’s French Song.” Yearbook of Langland Studies 30 (2016): 277-96. 
    • “Lydgate’s Danse Macabre and the Trauma of the Hundred Years War.” Special Issue on “Medieval Trauma.” Literature and Medicine 33.2 (2015): 303-24. 

    Courses:
    Graduate courses on Chaucer, Langland, Shakespeare, Kant, Hegel, critical theory, and literary theory

    Professional Label: medievalist and early modernist; critical theorist

    Email: r.d.perry@du.edu
    Phone: 303-871-2909
    Office: 386D Sturm Hall, 2000 E Asbury Ave, Denver CO 80208

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  • Andrea L. Stanton

     

    Andrea L. 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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  • Katherine Turpin

     

    Katherine Turpin

    Katherine Turpin, Ph.D., Emory University

    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: Religious education

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

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