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Department of Religious Studies
FACULTY

Matthew G. Condon
Trustees Lecturer

office: CA 335C
phone: (317) 278-1326
email: mgcondon@iupui.edu

Education:
B.A., Georgia State University, 1990
M.A. The University of Chicago, 1994
Ph.D., The University of Chicago, 2003

Matthew Condon


Special Interests:
Religion and Violence, Religious Identity and Ethics, Religion and Literature, Modern Religious Thought

Professional Service:
Steering and planning committee, American Academy of Religion, Colloquium on Violence & Religion sessions, 2007-; Teaching and Advising Committee, School of Liberal Arts, 2006-2008

Recent Publications and Presentations
Love, Identity, and the Other in Self-Narratives (working title, Chicago: Northwestern University Press, forthcoming); "The Unnamed and the Defaced: The Limits of Rhetoric in Augustine's Confessiones," Journal of the American Academy of Religion; "The Cost of Redemption in Conrad's Lord Jim," Literature and Theology; several book reviews for Religious Studies Review; respondent, "The Sacrificial Theology of Harry Potter," Nikolaus Wandinger (presenter, University of Innsbruck), American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, San Diego, November 2007; "The End of Theodicy," International Meeting of the Colloquium on Violence and Religion, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, July 2007; "Seneca and Nietzsche on Anger and Revenge," International Meeting of the Colloquium on Violence and Religion, Ottawa, Canada, June 2006; "Judaism and Islam: Turning Points," address to AmeriCorps, Indianapolis, May 5, 2006 (invited); "Mimetic Ethics and Violence in Self-Narratives," International Meeting of the Colloquium on Violence and Religion, Koblenz, Germany, July 2005; "The Balance of Pain," Midwest American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Chicago, April 2005

Curriculum Vita

David M. Craig
Associate Professor of Religious Studies
Academic Advisor for Religious Studies
Adjunct Faculty in Philanthropic Studies

office: CA 335A
phone: (317) 274-3689
email: davcraig@iupui.edu

Education:
B.A. Oberlin College, 1987
M.T.S. Harvard Divinity School, 1990
M.A. Princeton University, 1995
Ph.D. Princeton University, 1998

David Craig


Academic Interests:
History of religious and secular traditions of moral thought in the west, economic and environmental ethics, religion and politics, religion and social theory, comparative religious ethics

Awards
IUPUI Trustees Teaching Award, 2003-04 and 2006-07
Faculty Leader, Inagural IUPUI Common Theme Project, 2008-2010

Publications
John Ruskin and the Ethics of Consumption, University of Virginia Press, 2006
Articles in Soundings, Journal of Religious Ethics, Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics and the Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal.
Other publications include "The Give and Take of Philanthropy" in Good Intentions, Indiana University Press, 2005

Service
Steering Committee, Ethics Section, American Academy of Religion (2000-2006)

Curriculum Vita

Edward E. Curtis IV
Professor of Religious Studies
Millennium Scholar of the Liberal Arts

office: CA 335F
phone: (317) 278-1683
email: ecurtis4@iupui.edu

Education:
B.A., Kenyon College, 1993
M.A., Washington University in St. Louis, 1997
D.Litt. et Phil., University of South Africa, 2000

Edward Curtis

Special Interests:
Religion, race, and ethnicity; African American history and religion; Islamic studies; modern Middle East

Awards:
Carnegie Scholar,2008-2009
Americna Academy of Religion, 2006
Natinoal Endowment for the Humanities, 2004-2005

Publications
Muslims in America: A Religious History (New York: Oxford, 2009)
Columbia Sourcebook of Muslims in the United States Named Choice outstanding book, 2008.(New York: Columbia University Press, in progress)
Black Muslim Religion in the Nation of Islam, 1960-1975 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2006)
Islam in Black America: Identity, Liberation, and Difference in African-American Islamic Thought, (Albany, NY: State Unviersity of New York Press, 2002)

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Thomas J. Davis
Professor of Religious Studies and Thomas H. Lake Scholar of Religion and Philanthropy

office: CA 417-C
phone: (317) 274-8297
email: iock100@iupui.edu

Education:
B.A., West Georgia College, 1979
M.Div., Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, 1982
Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1992

Thomas Davis


Special Interests:
History of Christianity; Reformation history and thought; the Eucharist and exegesis in 16th-century Europe; images of John Calvin in American culture; religion and philanthropy

Publications
The Clearest Promises of God: The Development of Calvin's Eucharistic Teaching (AMS Press, 1995); By the Waters of Babylon: One Family's Faith-Journey through Illness (Eerdmans, 1995; Chinese-language edition, 1999); God in My Grief:The Music of Grace when Loss Lives On (Judson Press, 1998); The Christmas Quilt: A Novel (Rutledge Hill Press, 2000); John Calvin (Chelsea House, 2005); The Aluminum Christmas Tree: A Novel (Rutledge Hill Press, 2005); This Is My Body: The Presence of Christ in Reformation Thought (Baker Academic, 2008); articles in Calvin Theological Journal, Church History, Fides et historia, and Sixteenth Century Journal; various book chapters; entries in Encyclopedia of Religious Controversies in the United States and Dictionary of Heresy Trials in American Christianity; and Managing Editor, Religion and American Culture: A Journal of Interpretation

Curriculum Vita

Arthur Farnsley II
Visiting Professor of Religious Studies and Associate Director of the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture

office: CA 417
phone: (317) 278-6492
email: afarnsle@iupui.edu

Education:
Religion Education: B.A. Wabash College
M.A.R., Yale Divinity School
Ph.D. in Religion and Society, Emory University

Arthur Farnsley II


Special Interests:
Arthur studies the organizational effects of the interplay between religious and political culture. Arthur is also 12-time knife and tomahawk throwing champion of the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association. He lives with his wife and daughters in West Lafayette, IN.

Johnny Flynn
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

office: CA 335E
phone: 274-8356
email: jopflynn@iupui.edu

Education:
B.A., University of California Santa Barbara, 1984
M.A., University of California Santa Barbara, 1987
Ph.D., UNiversity of California Santa Barbara, 1991

Johnny Flynn


Special Interests:
Colonial American History; Native American Religions

Publications
"Dear Sam, Maria and Jacob" chapter in, Time It Was: American Stories from the Sixties and Beyond, 1994
Purgatory and the Powerful Dead: A Case Study of Native American Repatriation, principle author, 1994
Christopher Columbus and Problem of History, University of Indiana Press, 1994
Entries in Encyclopedia of American Religious Leaders, University of California Press, 1993
John Baptiste Bruno Family, in Pottawatomie County History, Country Lane Press, 1987

Curriculum Vita

Native American Student Alliance

Philip Goff
Professor of Religious Studies
Director of the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture

office: CA 417
phone: 274-8410
email: pgoff@iupui.edu

Education:
B.A., Nyack College, 1986
M.A., University of Kansas, 1988
Ph.D. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1993

Philp Goff


Special Interests:
American religious history with special emphasis on the relationships between religion and American culture; early American history; American intellectual history; religion and media; and American studies

Publications
Themes in American Religion and Culture, co-editor, University of North Carolina Press, 2004
The Columbia Documentary History of Religion Since 1945, Columbia University Press, 2005
Nearly one hundred articles, book chapters, reviews, and academic papers
Co-Editor, Religion and American Culture: A Journal of Interpretation
Forthcoming books include: The Soul of John Adams
By Radio Every Sunday: Charles Fuller, Religious Radio
Rise of Modern Evangelicalism.

Curriculum Vita

Kelly Hayes
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

office: CA 335D
phone: 278-2639
email: keehayes@iupui.edu

Education:
B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1991
M.A., University of Chicago, 1996
Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2004

Kelly Hayes


Special Interests:
Body, gender, and sexuality in comparative religions, possession religions, religions of Africa and the African diaspora, religion in Brazil, performance and ritual studies, new ethnography and film

Publications
Holy Harlots: Femininity, Sexuality, and Black Magic in Brazil (University of California Press, in progress) Articles in: History of Religions, Culture and Religion, Religião e Sociedade (Brazil), Women and Religion in the World , Encyclopedia of Women and Religion, Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender, The African Diaspora and the Study of Religion, and others.

Curriculum Vita

E. Theodore Mullen, Jr.
Professor of Religious Studies
Associate Dean of University College
Director of the Honors Program

office: CA 335B
phone: (317) 274-5941
email: emullen@iupui.edu

Education:
B.A., Davidson College, 1970
Ph.D., Harvard University, 1976

Theodore Mullen


Special Interests:
Biblical studies with special emphasis upon Hebrew bible; ancient Near Eastern cultures, languages and religion; religious literature and ethnic identity; and social world formation and maintenance

Publications
The Divine Council in Canaanite and Early Hebrew Literature, Scholars Press, 1980
Narrative History and Ethnic Boundaries, Scholars Press, 1993
Ethnic Myths and Pentateuchal Foundations, Scholars Press, 1997
Articles in Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research
Articles in Anchor Bible Dictionary
Articles in Catholic Biblical Quarterly
Articles in Harvard Theological Review
Articles in Journal of Biblical Literature

Curriculum Vita

Peter J. Thuesen
Professor and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies

office: CA 417
phone: (317) 274-5942
email: pthuesen@iupui.edu

Education:
B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1993
M.A., Princeton University, 1995
Ph.D., Princeton University, 1998

Peter Thuesen


Special Interests:
American religious history, the Bible in American culture, history of Christian thought since the Reformation, history of the book in colonial British America, race and religion in American history

Publications
In Discordance with the Scriptures: American Protestant Battles over Translating the Bible, (New York: Oxford University Press, 1999, paperback 2002) Winner of the Brewer Prize of the American Society of Church History)
The Works of Jonathan Edwards, Vol. 26, "Catalogues" of Books, editor (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2008).
Predestination: The American Career of a Contentious Doctrine (New York: Oxford University Press, 2009).
Various articles and book chapters

Rachel M. Wheeler
Associate Professor of Religious Studies

office: CA 417
phone: (317) 274-7394
email: wheelerr@iupui.edu

Education:
B.A. Carleton College 1991
M.A. Yale University 1993
Ph.D. Yale University 1998

Rachel Wheeler


Special Interests:
American religious history, colonial American history

Publications
Articles in Religion and American Culture: A Journal of Interpretation
Articles in Religion and American Culture: A Reader
Articles in Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture

Curriculum Vita

Jon Wood
Visiting Lecturer of Religious Studies

office: CA 335-F
phone: (317) 274-1465
email: woodjd@iupui.edu

Education:
Education Ph.D., Church History; Princeton Theological Seminary, 2008
Resident Graduate, Universitat Zurich, Switzerland, 2005-2006
Resident Graduate, Universite de Strasbourg, France, 2002-2003
M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary, 2002 B.A., Religious Studies major, German minor; Vanderbilt University, 1999 Undergraduate year abroad at Universitšt Regensburg, Germany, 1997-1998

Jon Wood


Academic Interests:
Reformation and Early Modern European History (with particular attention to the tensions and/or reinforcements between theology and political development); History of Christian doctrine and practice; the role of language in and among cultures (with particular attention to early modern German, French, and Latin, as well as the various symbols and shorthand of their respective palaeographies)

Publications
Sixteen article entries in Guide to Reformation Theology, forthcoming publication by T&T Clark
"Bullinginger's Model for Collective Episcopacy: Transformational Ministry in a Society Facing Final Judgment," chapter in volume on the topic of Reformation-era Zurich, Forthcoming publication by Ashgate "Calvin for Lutherans," article in Lutheran Forum, Winter 2008
Translations for Heinrich Bullinger: LIfe--Thought--Influence, Emidio Campi and Peter Opitz, eds., 2 vols. (Zurich, TVZ, 2007)

Kimberly Allanson
Associate Faculty

office: CA 313
phone: (317) 274-1465
email: allanson@iupui.edu

Education:
A.A.S., Indiana Vocational Technical College
B.A., Indiana University (at Indianapolis)
M.A., University of Notre Dame, Biblical Studies

Kimberly Allanson

Thomas F. Foust
Associate Faculty

office: CA 313
phone: 274-1465
email: tfoust@sdginternational.com

Education:
Religion Education: BA:Anderson University, 1980
MDiv: Emmanuel School of Religion, History, 1986
Ph.D.University of Birmingham, England: School of Historical Studies, Philosophy and Theology Department, 2003

Thomas F. Foust


Current Positions:
President/Owner, SDG INternational, LLC
Vice President, INsight2
International Sales Consultant, USA rock Bit, INc.

Former Postitions :
Honorary Professor, School of Historical Studies, 1998-2003, University of Birmingham
Guest Lecturer at several Universities in tehUK and USA including:
Oxford Universtiy (Harris Manchester College
Indiana University
Anderson University

Publications (partial list) :
Foust, Thomas F.; Hunsberger, Geroge; Kirk, Andrew: and Ustorf, Werner, eds. A Scandalous Prophet: The Way of Mission After Newbigin. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2002
Foust, Thomas F.and Richardson, William J., eds Adventuring for Christian Unity and Other Essays by Dean Walker. Joplin, Missouri: College Press, 1992.

Wayne Husted
Associate Faculty

office: CA 436
phone: 278-1688
email: whusted@iupui.edu

Education:
B.A., Central Michigan University, 1977
M.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1980
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1992

Wayne Husted


Special Interests:
Shi'ite Islam, Popular Islam in Iran and South Asia

Austin Ritterspach
Associate Faculty

office: CA 335
phone: (317) 274-1465
email: rdritter@iupui.edu

Education:
B.A. (cum Laude) Indiana University
M.Div. Union Theological Seminary New York
Ph.D. Graduate Theological Union adn University of California (ancient near eastern languages and literature).

Austin Ritterspach


Special Interests:
Origins and history of ancient Israel. Archaeology of the Near East. Feminist Criticism of the Bible. Dead Sea Scrolls.

Publications:
Articles in Revue de Qumran, Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research,and other academic journal and church school curriculum.

Curriculum Vita

Glenn Snyder
Associate Faculty

office: CA 313
phone: (317) 274-1465
email: glsnyder@iupui.edu

Education:
B.A., Indiana University, 1998
M.A.R., Yale University, 2002
A.M., Harvard University, 2005
Ph.D., Harvard University, expected 2010

Glenn Snyder


Special Interests:
New Testament and early Christian studies; Second Temple and early rabbinic studies; Greek and Roman philosophy

Sonja Spear
Associate Faculty

office: CA 313
phone: (317) 274-1465
email: sspear@iupui.edu

Education:
B.A. University of Chicago, Religion in teh Humanities, 1989
M.A. Indiana University, 1998
Ph.D., Indiana University, Department of Religious Studies, 2005

Sonja Spear


Dissertation:
Jesus the Jew: Jewish, Protestant, and Catholic Constructions of Jesus in an Age of Anti-Semitism, 1890-1940:


Awards:
Louisville Institute Award, 2002; Hebrew Union College Research Scholarship, 2001; Departmental Teaching Award, 1999


Special Interests:
Religion and nationalism, interfaith relations, Passion Plays. i am working on the American reception of the Oberammergau Passion Play and the religious community of Zion Illinois during the Depression.

James Wolfe
Associate Faculty

office: CA 313-E
email:

Education:
B.A., Oberlin College, 1961; M.A., Union Theological Seminar, 1965; PhD in Religion and Society, Graduate Theological Union, 1975.

James Wolfe


Special Interests:
Peace and justice, gay rights, interfaith sharing, poetry, meditation, civil religion, mythology, global warming

C. Conrad Cherry
Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies

Education:
B.A. McMurry University, 1958
Ph.D. Drew University, 1965

Conrad Cherry


Special Interests:
American religious history, and the teaching and practice of religion in American colleges and universities

Publications
The Theology of Jonathan Edwards (Doubleday 1966, Indiana University Press 1990)
God's New Israel (Prentice Hall 1971,University of North Carolina Press 1998)
Nature and Religious Imagination (Fortress Press 1981)
Horace Bushnell (Paulist Press 1985)
Hurrying Toward Zion (Indiana University Press 1995), and (co-editor)
Religion and American Culture: A Journal of Interpretation

William J. Jackson
Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies

office: CA 335E
phone: (317) 274-7643
email: wijackso@iupui.edu

Education:
B.A., Lyndon State College, 1975
M.S., Harvard University, 1977
M.A., Harvard University, 1979
Ph.D., Harvard University, 1984

William Jackson


Special Interests:
Comparative study of religion; Asian arts and literature; South Indian bhakti (devotion) in the lives and works of singer-saints; and Fractal Geometry in the Humanities--in music, literature, art, and architecture

Tyagaraja: Life and Lyrics, Oxford Univ. Press, 1991
J.L. Mehta on Heidegger, Hermeneutics and Indian Tradition, editor, E.J. Brill, 1992
The Power of the Sacred Name: V. Raghavan's Studies in Namasiddhanta and Indian Culture, editor, Sri Satguru Publications, 1994
Tyagaraja-Life and Legacy: Songs of Three Great South Indian Saints, Oxford Univ. Press., 1998
Articles on poets and thinkers involved in the renewal of traditions

Complete list of Publications

Hindu Temple Fractals
All Fractal Purposes
Gandhi's Art of Nonviolently Transforming Evil

Curriculum Vita

Jan Shipps
Professor Emerita of History and Religious Studies
Senior Research Associate for the POLIS Center, 1995-present

email: shipps@iupui.edu

Education:
B.S., Utah State University, 1961
M.A., University of Colorado, 1962
Ph.D., University of Colorado, 1965

Jan Shipps


Special Interests:
History of American religion, religions in the making, religion in urban America, and Mormonism

Awards:
Liberal Arts Outstanding Faculty Award, 1985
Grace Arrington Mormon Studies Award, 1986
Glenn W. Irwin Research Scholar, 1989-90
Franklin College Brannigan Scholar, 1994

Publications
Mormonism: The Story of a New Religious Tradition, 1985
The Journals of William E. McLellin, 1831-1836, senior editor, 1994
Sojourner in the Promised Land: Forty Years among the Mormons, 2000
Religion in the Mountain West: Sacred Landscapes in Transition, editor, 2004
More than 50 articles, essays, and reviews in both professional and popular periodicals

IUPUI School of Liberal Arts: Department of Religious Studies
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Indianapolis, IN 46202-5140
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