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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
peisebaum

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

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

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Amy Erickson
aerickson

Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible
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
mgeorge

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
spessin

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
aschofield

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
ecsmith

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

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

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

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Lauren DeCarvalho
lsclark 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
aerickson

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

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

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
mgeorge

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
aheadrick 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
wshoward Professor, English Department

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:

Laleh Mehran

Laleh Mehran, MFA, Carnegie Mellon University

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

Bilha Moor

Bilha Moor

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

Specializations: Islamic art history

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 Heroes and Kings 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. Leiden: Brill, 2012, pp. 267-80, pls. 23-26.

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
Ben Nourse

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

Assistant Professor
Department of Religious Studies, University of Denver

Trace Reddell
Trace Reddell

Associate Professor, Emergent Digital Practices

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

Publications: 
Forever Changes: The Sonic Substance in Psychedelic Music (forthcoming MIT Press)

The Sound of Things to Come: An Audible History of the Science Fiction Film (University of Minnesota Press, 2018)

https://sonicsciencefiction.com/

Courses
EDPX 4020 Emergent Digital Cultures
EDPX 4490 Expanded Cinema
EDPX 4500 Sonic Arts
EDPX 4750 Sound Cultures
EDPX 4780 Speculative Cultures: Science Fiction & EDP
 
Lynn Schofield Clark
lsclark

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

astanton 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

Dheepa Sundaram

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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
aalumkal

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
lsclark 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
mdelatorre

Miguel A. 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
kfayard

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 Hernández

ahernandez 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

Courses:

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

Kristina Lizardy-Hajbi

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

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

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

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

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

 

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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

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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, Ph.D., University of Chicago 

tvial 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
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Miguel A. 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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 Hanan
jhanan 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
nhashemi 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

Courses:

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

Thomas Nail

Thomas Nail

Associate Professor of Philosophy
Department of Philosophy
 
Specializations: European Philosophy; Political Philosophy; Environmental Philosophy
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 

craschke 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

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Andrea Stanton

Andrea L. Stanton

astanton 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

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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, Ph.D., University of Chicago 

tvial 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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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
jhanan 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

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

Professor, Department of English, University of Denver

Thomas Nail

Thomas Nail

Associate Professor of Philosophy
Department of Philosophy
 
Specializations: European Philosophy; Political Philosophy; Environmental Philosophy
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:

Sarah Pessin

Sarah Pessin

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

craschke 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

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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

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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, Ph.D., University of Chicago 

tvial 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 Human Experience

Antony Alumkal
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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 Dixon

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

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

Carrie Doehring
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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
jhanan 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 Hernández

ahernandez 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

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

Professor, Department of English, University of Denver

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, Ph.D., University of Colorado

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

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

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

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

 

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Daniel N. McIntosh
Daniel 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 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

astanton 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, Ph.D., Emory University 

kturpin 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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