some religious studies faculty posing on the balconyWhile our faculty members work in the area known as social theory (which means that they use the study of religion as their way into understanding how groups are formed, negotiated, reproduced and contested) the regional or historical domain in which they each carry out this work varies from person to person — from ancient India and the Greco-Roman world to the modern Middle East, the Afro-Caribbean and the Americas. Given the breadth of their training and our faculty members’ nationally and internationally-recognized expertise, both our undergraduate and graduate supervision positions our students to pose novel questions and to pursue them either in traditional or unexpected — but always productive — places.

The expertise of faculty covers the following thematic areas:

  • Antiquity
  • Authenticity
  • Classification
  • Colonialism
  • Computational Analysis
  • Diaspora & Immigration
  • Digital Humanities
  • Gender
  • The Past
  • Politics
  • Popular Culture
  • Public Humanities
  • Race
  • Secularism
  • Signification
  • Textuality
  • Holocaust & Genocide
  • Identity
  • International Development
  • Literature
  • Method & Theory
  • Myth & Ritual
  • The Nones
  • Origins

To learn more about each of our faculty members’ interests and main areas of focus, please explore their individual faculty pages or select Publications on the Research sub-menu above.

religious studies faculty engaged in a department meeting