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Affiliate Faculty


Faculty members from across the University of Denver are affiliated with IRISE as their work critically engages the study of (in)equality.

Sarah Pessin
Sarah is the team leader for DU's new Religious Inclusivity Initiative (RII) as part of a new national project through the Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) and the American Association for Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). For her emerging work on civic and interfaith themes, Sarah was awarded a new Public Impact Fellowship through DU, as well as a grant through the College of Art, Humanities, and Social Science's new Center for Innovation in Liberal and Creative Arts (CILCA) for work with Greg Robbins (Religious Studies) and Andrea Stanton (Religious Studies) on new curricular and co-curricular campus-wide interfaith/inter-religious keystone experiences for students.

Dheepa Sundara
Dr. Sundaram's current research focuses on commercial exchange of Hindu religious rituals online and digital religious practices on social media platforms. She is currently working on book titled Globalizing Darśan: Virtual Soteriology and the Making of Hindu Brand.