Faculty Profiles

Department of Religion Faculty

The Department of Religion consists of a broad and diverse faculty of distinguished experts in various religions, eastern and western, ancient and modern. We also apply a broad array of disciplinary methods to the study of religion: Our faculty includes anthropologists, historians, literary scholars, and philosophers – all devoted to understanding the impact that religion has had and continues to have in human society.

Kecia AliAli headshot 2013
Professor of Religion
Islamic Studies
T: 617.353.4465
Andrea M. Berlin
James R. Wiseman Chair in Classical Archaeology, Professor of Archaeology and Religion;
T: 617.358.1651

M. David EckelEckel_Photograph
Director, Undergraduate Studies; Professor of Religion
Philosophy of religion; Buddhism in India and Tibet
T: 617.353.1083
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Chair; Professor of Religion; Aurelio Professor of the Appreciation of Scripture
T: 617.353.4431
Margarita Guillory
Associate Professor of Religion,
T: 617.358.1754
April HughesHughes, April - website photo
Assistant Professor
Religion, Religions of China
T: 617.358.3585
Steven KatzStevenTKatzphotoC4
Professor of Religion; Alvin J. And Shirley Slater Chair in Jewish Holocaust Studies Judaica, Holocaust Studies, philosophy of religion, and comparative mysticism
T: 617.353.8089
Jonathan KlawansKLAWANS
Professor of Religion and  Judaic Studies
Religion and Religious Literature of Judaism in Late Antiquity
T: 617.353.4432
Deeana Klepperdklepper
Associate Professor of Religion, Judaic Studies, and History
Christianity; Medieval and early Modern European religious history
T: 617.358.0186
Frank J. KoromKorom with Turban
Professor of Religion and Anthropology
South Asian, Caribbean, and Diaspora Studies; Popular Culture and Folklore
T: 617.358.0185
Diana LobelLobel_Feb 2011
Associate Professor of Religion and Judaic Studies,; Associate Director of Graduate Studies
Classical and medieval Jewish studies; Comparative philosophy and religious thought
T: 617.353.2863
Anthony PetroPetro
Assistant Professor of Religion
Modern Christianity/American Religion
T: 617.353.3088
Stephen Protheroprothero
Professor of Religion; C. Allyn and Elizabeth V. Russell Professor of Religion
Religion and culture in the United States
T: 617.353.4426

Teena Purohit
Associate Professor of Religion
South Asian Studies and Islamic Studies
T: 617.358.1755
Adam Seligmanseligman
Director, Graduate Program in Religion; Professor of Religion
Research Associate at the Institute for the Study of Economic Culture
T: 617.358.0262
Michael Zank ZANK-3
Director, The Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies;
Professor of Religion and Jewish Studies
T: 617.353.4434
Lecturer Visiting Scholar
Yair Lioryair
Laura HarringtonLaura Harrington
Visiting Scholar

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Steven KatzStevenTKatzphotoC4
Director, The Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies; Professor of Religion
Judaica, Holocaust Studies, philosophy of religion, and comparative mysticism
T: 617.353.8096