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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  (HarperOne, 2009)

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

Amy Erickson

Amy Erickson

Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible
Iliff School of Theology

Specializations: Poetry and metaphor (Hebrew Bible); history of biblical interpretation; religion and the body

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

Mark K. George

Mark K. George

Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible
Iliff School of Theology

Specializations: Hebrew Bible; 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

Sarah Pessin

Sarah Pessin

Professor of Philosophy and Judaic Studies
Center for Judaic Studies
Department of Philosophy

Specializations: Comparative Greek, Jewish, Islamic, and Christian Neoplatonisms; post-Holocaust theology (esp. Levinas); Jewish philosophy; philosophical theology; philosophy of religion
 
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
Gregory Robbins

Gregory Allen Robbins

Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Religious Studies

Specializations: Ancient Christianity; New Testament; Christian origins; history of Christianity; Christian studies; religion and film

Publications:

  • “‘Number Determinate Is Kept Concealed’ (Dante, Paradiso XXX.135): Eusebius and the Transformation of the List (Hist. eccl. 3.25),” Studia Patristica LXVI.14 (Leuven: Peeters, 2013): 181-90
  • Genesis 1-3 in the History of Exegesis: Intrigue in the Garden, Studies in Women and Religion 27 (Edwin Mellen Press, 1988)
  • Exploring the New Testament, with John Tully Carmody and Denise Lardner Carmody (Prentice-Hall, 1986)

Courses:
Christianity
Christian Classics
Jesus on the Silver Screen

Professional Label: New Testament; Christian Origins; Ancient Christianity

Alison Schofield

Alison Schofield, Ph.D., University of Notre Dame 

University of Denver, Department of Religious Studies - Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible and Judaic studies

Eric C. Smith

Eric C. Smith, Ph.D., Iliff School of Theology and the University of Denver

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


Religion, Art, and Media

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

Rafael Fajardo

Rafael Fajardo, MFA, Rhode Island School of Design

University of Denver, Emergent Digital Practices - Associate Professor and Undergraduate Director

Mark K. George

Mark K. George

Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible
Iliff School of Theology

Specializations: Hebrew Bible; 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

Annabeth Headrick

Annabeth Headrick, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

University of Denver, School of Art and Art History - Associate Professor of Precolumbian Art

W. Scott Howard

W. Scott Howard , Ph.D., University of Washington

Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Denver

Jacob Kinnard

Jacob Kinnard, Ph.D., University of Chicago 

Iliff School of Theology - Professor of Comparative Religions

Jeffrey H. Mahan

Jeffrey H. Mahan

Professor of Ministry, Media and Culture
Ralph E. and Norma E. Peck Chair in Religion and Public Communication
Iliff School of Theology

Specializations: Media, religion and culture; religion and film, religion and popular culture

Publications:

  • Media, Religion and Culture: An Introduction (Routledge, London, 2014)
  • Religion and Popular Culture in America (2nd ed.), with Bruce David Forbes (Berkeley, 2005)

Courses:
Theories of Religion and Media
Religion and Film
Religion and Popular Culture

Professional Label: Religion and Society

Laleh Mehran

Laleh Mehran, MFA, Carnegie Mellon University

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

Ben Nourse

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

Assistant Professor
Department of Religious Studies, University of Denver

Gregory Robbins

Gregory Robbins

Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Religious Studies, University of Denver

Specializations: Ancient Christianity; New Testament; Christian origins; history of Christianity; Christian studies; religion and film

Publications:

  • “‘Number Determinate Is Kept Concealed’ (Dante, Paradiso XXX.135): Eusebius and the Transformation of the List (Hist. eccl. 3.25),” Studia Patristica LXVI.14 (Leuven: Peeters, 2013): 181-90
  • Genesis 1-3 in the History of Exegesis: Intrigue in the Garden, Studies in Women and Religion 27 (Edwin Mellen Press, 1988)
  • Exploring the New Testament, with John Tully Carmody and Denise Lardner Carmody (Prentice-Hall, 1986)

Courses:
Christianity
Christian Classics
Jesus on the Silver Screen

Professional Label: New Testament; Christian Origins; Ancient Christianity

Lynn Schofield Clark

Lynn Schofield Clark

Professor and Chair
Department of Media, Film and Journalism Studies

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

Publications:

  • 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

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

Andrea Stanton

Andrea L. Stanton

Associate Professor of Islamic Studies
Department of Religious Studies

Specializations: Media and politics; Middle Eastern history

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

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

Dheepa Sundaram

Dheepa Sundaram

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
Department of Religious Studies

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:

  • "Instagram Your Durga Puja!: Social Media and the Production of a Digital Visual Corpus" (forthcoming in the International Journal of Hindu Studies 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

 

Religion, Race, and Ethnicity

Antony Alumkal

Antony Alumkal

Associate Professor of Sociology of Religion
Iliff School of Theology

Specializations: Race and religion; American evangelicalism; American mainline Protestantism

Publications:

  • “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

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 A. De La Torre

Professor of Social Ethics and Latinx Studies
Iliff School of Theology

Specializations: Liberation theology; 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

Albert Hernández

Albert Hernández

Associate Professor of the History of Christianity
Iliff School of Theology

Specializations: 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

Jennifer Leath

Jennifer Leath, Ph.D., Yale University

Iliff School of Theology, Assistant Professor of Religion and Social Justice

Specializations: 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

Courses:
G d & Tupac
Black Lives Matter
Foundations of Social Justice
Womanism: The Physics of Womanism
SJ&E Seminar: The House That Justice Built

Marco J. Nathan

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

Associate Professor Department of Philosophy
University of Denver

Debora Ortega

Debora Ortega, Ph.D., University of Washington

University of Denver, Graduate School of Social Work - Assiciate Professor, and Director, University of Denver Latino Center for Community Engagement and Scholarship

Dheepa Sundaram

Dheepa Sundaram

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
Department of Religious Studies

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:

  • "Instagram Your Durga Puja!: Social Media and the Production of a Digital Visual Corpus" (forthcoming in the International Journal of Hindu Studies 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

Ted Vial

Ted Vial, Ph.D., University of Chicago 

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


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 A. De La Torre

Professor of Social Ethics and Latinx Studies
Iliff School of Theology

Specializations: Liberation theology; 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

Joshua Hanan

Joshua Hanan

Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Communication Ethics
Department of Communication Studies

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

Publications:

  • "Subjects of Technology: An Auto-Archeology of Attention Deficit Disorder in Neoliberal Time(s)." Cultural Studies ßà Critical Methodologies. https://doi.org/10.1177/1532708618807264
  • "Beyond the Dialectic Between Wall Street and Main Street: A Materialist Analysis of The Big Short." Co-authored with Jeffery St. Onge. Advances in the History of Rhetoric 21.2 (2018): 163-177.
  • "Figures of Entanglement." Co-authored with Chris Gamble. Review of Communication, 16.4 (2016): 265-280.
  • "Banking on the Present: The Ontological Rhetoric of Neo-Classical Economics and Its Relation to the 2008 Financial Crisis." Co-authored with Indradeep Ghosh and Kaleb W. Brooks. Quarterly Journal of Speech, 100.2 (2014): 139-162. [Lead Article]
  • Current monograph project Rhetorical Economies of Power: A New Materialist Critique of Household Rhetoric

Courses:
Rhetoric and Critical Theory, Alternative Rhetorical Histories, New Materialist Rhetorics, Rhetoric and Technology, Rhetoric and Biopolitics, Rhetoric and Neoliberalism

Professional Label:Rhetorical Theory; Cultural Studies; Rhetoric of Economics

Nader Hashemi

Nader Hashemi, Ph.D., University of Toronto 

naderhashemi.com

Associate Professor, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, Director for the Center of Middle East Studies
Jennifer Leath

Jennifer Leath, Ph.D., Yale University

Iliff School of Theology, Assistant Professor of Religion and Social Justice

Specializations: 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

Courses:
G d & Tupac
Black Lives Matter
Foundations of Social Justice
Womanism: The Physics of Womanism
SJ&E Seminar: The House That Justice Built

Marco J. Nathan

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

Associate Professor Department of Philosophy
University of Denver

Carl Raschke

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

Professor, University of Denver, Department of Religious Studies
Andrea Stanton

Andrea L. Stanton

Associate Professor of Islamic Studies
Department of Religious Studies

Specializations: Media and politics; Middle Eastern history

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

Dheepa Sundaram

Dheepa Sundaram

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
Department of Religious Studies

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:

  • "Instagram Your Durga Puja!: Social Media and the Production of a Digital Visual Corpus" (forthcoming in the International Journal of Hindu Studies 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

Ted Vial

Ted Vial, Ph.D., University of Chicago 

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


Theories of Religion

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  (HarperOne, 2009)

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

Joshua Hanan

Joshua Hanan

Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Communication Ethics
Department of Communication Studies

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

Publications:

  • "Subjects of Technology: An Auto-Archeology of Attention Deficit Disorder in Neoliberal Time(s)." Cultural Studies ßà Critical Methodologies. https://doi.org/10.1177/1532708618807264
  • "Beyond the Dialectic Between Wall Street and Main Street: A Materialist Analysis of The Big Short." Co-authored with Jeffery St. Onge. Advances in the History of Rhetoric 21.2 (2018): 163-177.
  • "Figures of Entanglement." Co-authored with Chris Gamble. Review of Communication, 16.4 (2016): 265-280.
  • "Banking on the Present: The Ontological Rhetoric of Neo-Classical Economics and Its Relation to the 2008 Financial Crisis." Co-authored with Indradeep Ghosh and Kaleb W. Brooks. Quarterly Journal of Speech, 100.2 (2014): 139-162. [Lead Article]
  • Current monograph project Rhetorical Economies of Power: A New Materialist Critique of Household Rhetoric

Courses:
Rhetoric and Critical Theory, Alternative Rhetorical Histories, New Materialist Rhetorics, Rhetoric and Technology, Rhetoric and Biopolitics, Rhetoric and Neoliberalism

Professional Label:Rhetorical Theory; Cultural Studies; Rhetoric of Economics

W. Scott Howard

W. Scott Howard, Ph.D., University of Washington

Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Denver

Jacob Kinnard

Jacob Kinnard, Ph.D., University of Chicago 

Iliff School of Theology - Professor of Comparative Religions

Sarah Pessin

Sarah Pessin

Professor of Philosophy and Judaic Studies
Department of Philosophy
Center for Judaic Studies
 
Specializations: Comparative Greek, Jewish, Islamic, and Christian Neoplatonisms; post-Holocaust theology (esp. Levinas); Jewish philosophy; philosophical theology; philosophy of religion
 
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
Carl Raschke

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

Professor University of Denver, Department of Religious Studies
Naomi Reshotko

Naomi Reshotko

Professor
Department of Philosophy

Specializations: Ancient Greek philosophy; philosophy of mind; metaphysics; epistemology

Publications:

  • “Plato on the Ordinary Person and the Forms,” Apeiron 47.2 (2014): 266-92
  • “Socratic Eudaimonism,” in The Bloomsbury Companion to Socrates, eds. J. Bussanich and N. Smith (Continuum, 2013)
  • Socratic Virtue: Making the Best of the Neither-Good-Nor-Bad (Cambridge University Press, 2006)

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

Professional Label: Ancient Philosophy

Dheepa Sundaram

Dheepa Sundaram

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
Department of Religious Studies

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:

  • "Instagram Your Durga Puja!: Social Media and the Production of a Digital Visual Corpus" (forthcoming in the International Journal of Hindu Studies 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

Ted Vial

Ted Vial, Ph.D., University of Chicago 

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

 

Religion and Human Experience

Rubén Arjona

Rubén Arjona, Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary 

Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology and Care, Iliff School of Theology

Specializations: Pastoral theology; life cycle theory; pastoral care of Mexican and Latino men; pastoral care of couples and families

Courses:
Pastoral Theology and Care
Why the Church

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 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

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

Joshua Hanan

Joshua Hanan

Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Communication Ethics
Department of Communication Studies

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

Publications:

  • "Subjects of Technology: An Auto-Archeology of Attention Deficit Disorder in Neoliberal Time(s)." Cultural Studies ßà Critical Methodologies. https://doi.org/10.1177/1532708618807264
  • "Beyond the Dialectic Between Wall Street and Main Street: A Materialist Analysis of The Big Short." Co-authored with Jeffery St. Onge. Advances in the History of Rhetoric 21.2 (2018): 163-177.
  • "Figures of Entanglement." Co-authored with Chris Gamble. Review of Communication, 16.4 (2016): 265-280.
  • "Banking on the Present: The Ontological Rhetoric of Neo-Classical Economics and Its Relation to the 2008 Financial Crisis." Co-authored with Indradeep Ghosh and Kaleb W. Brooks. Quarterly Journal of Speech, 100.2 (2014): 139-162. [Lead Article]
  • Current monograph project Rhetorical Economies of Power: A New Materialist Critique of Household Rhetoric

Courses:
Rhetoric and Critical Theory, Alternative Rhetorical Histories, New Materialist Rhetorics, Rhetoric and Technology, Rhetoric and Biopolitics, Rhetoric and Neoliberalism

Professional Label:Rhetorical Theory; Cultural Studies; Rhetoric of Economics

Albert Hernández

Albert Hernández

Associate Professor of the History of Christianity
Iliff School of Theology

Specializations: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

W. Scott Howard

W. Scott Howard, Ph.D., University of Washington

Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Denver

Marco J. Nathan

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

Associate Professor Department of Philosophy
University of Denver

Benjamin Nourse

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

Assistant Professor
Department of Religious Studies, University of Denver

Andrea Stanton

Andrea L. Stanton

Associate Professor of Islamic Studies
Department of Religious Studies

Specializations: Media and politics; Middle Eastern history

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

Katherine Turpin

Katherine Turpin, Ph.D., Emory University 

Iliff School of Theology - Associate Professor of Religious Education