Program Faculty

Bernadette Brooten
Bernadette Brooten, Program Chair
Myra and Robert Kraft and Jacob Hiatt Professor of Christian Studies
Undergraduate Advising Head
781-736-2978 Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for the Humanities, 113
Office Hours: by appointment

Expertise: Christian studies, New Testament, Post-Biblical Judaism, Early Christian Literature and History, Women and Religion, History of Sexuality, Feminist Sexual Ethics (including focus on law and sexuality), History of Slavery

Tzvi Abusch
Tzvi Abusch
Rose B. and Joseph Cohen Professor of Assyriology and Ancient Near Eastern Religion
781-736-2969 Lown Center for Judaica Studies 313

Expertise: Languages and cultures of Ancient Mesopotamia, Ancient Near Eastern religions, and Hebrew Bible. Primary fields of research and publications are Mesopotamian religion, magic, literature, and thought as well as biblical-Babylonian interconnections.

Wendy Cadge
Wendy Cadge
Professor of Sociology
Chair of the Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program
781-736-2641 Rabb Graduate Center, 120

Expertise: Sociology of Religion, Culture, Health and Medicine, Immigration, Sexuality, Research Methods, Buddhism, Chaplaincy.

Abigail Cooper
Abigail Cooper
Assistant Professor of History
781-736-2284 Olin-Sang American Civilization Center, 121

Expertise: U.S. History, Slavery and Emancipation, Civil War and Reconstruction, American Religious & Culture, 19th Century U.S., Social History of Marginalized Peoples.

Jonathan Decter
Jonathan Decter
Edmond J. Safra Professor of Sephardic Studies
781-736-2960 Lown Center for Judaica Studies, 210

Expertise: Jews of the Islamic World, Medieval Hebrew Literature, Medieval Jewish Studies, Sephardic Studies, Medieval Jewish Thought

Maura Jane Farrelly
Maura Jane Farrelly
Associate Professor of American Studies
781-736-2224 Brown Social Science Center, 327

Expertise: Religion in America, American Journalism, Colonial and Early America

Professor Yu Feng
Yu Feng
Professor of Chinese
Director of the Chinese Language Program
781-736-2961 Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for the Humanities, 119

Expertise: Instruction of modern Chinese as a foreign language, Chinese pedagogy, classical Chinese language, traditional Chinese and oriental philosophy (Confucianism, Daoism, Buddhism), comparative ideas, and Chinese cultural heritage as a whole.

Sarah Lamb
Sarah Lamb
Professor of Anthropology
781-736-2211 Brown Social Science Center, 208

Expertise: Social-cultural theory. Anthropology of aging. Gender and sexuality. Person and self. Medical anthropology. Immigrant and transnational communities. Understandings of Modernity. South Asia. South Asian Americans. US cultural-historical practices of aging.

Kristen Lucken
Kristen Lucken
Lecturer in International & Global Studies and Religious Studies
781-736-2743 Golding Judaica Center, 23

Expertise: Immigration, religious and ethnic identity, nationalism, sociology of religion.

Charles McClendon
Charles McClendon
Sidney and Ellen Wien Professor in the History of Art
781-736-2663 Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for the Humanities, 209

Expertise: The art and architecture of western Europe in Late Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the early modern period.

Jonathan Sarna
Jonathan Sarna
Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History
781-736-2977 Lown Center for Judaica Studies, 213

Expertise: American Jewish History & Life; Jews in the Americas; American Religion.

Ellen Schattschneider
Ellen Schattschneider
Associate Professor of Anthropology and Women's and Gender Studies
781-736-2219 Brown Social Science Center, 202

Expertise: Religion. Psychoanalytic theory. Memory and trauma. Anthropology of the body. Commodification. East Asia. Japan.

Jerome Tharaud
Jerome Tharaud
Assistant Professor of English
781-736-2140 Rabb Graduate Center, 138

Expertise:

Early American and 19th-Century U.S. literature and culture; American religious history; print culture and media; art history and visual culture; geography and literature; cultural and environmental history of the American landscape; the American West.
David Wright
David Wright
Professor of Bible and the Ancient Near East
781-736-2957 Lown Center for Judaica Studies, 309

Expertise: Biblical studies and the languages and literatures of the Ancient Near East; biblical and Near Eastern ritual and law