Program Faculty

Kristen Lucken
Kristen Lucken
Program Chair and Undergraduate Advising Head, Religious Studies
Lecturer in International and Global Studies, and Religious Studies
781-736-2743 Golding Judaica Center, 23

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

Wendy Cadge
Wendy Cadge
Professor of Sociology, and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Senior Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives, School of Arts and Sciences; Division Head, Social Sciences
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; the Civil War and Reconstruction; American religion and culture; 19th-century United States; 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 and Chair, American Studies
Director, Journalism Program
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.

Charles McClendon
Charles McClendon
Sidney and Ellen Wien Professor in the History of Art
Division Head, Creative Arts
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 and life; Jews in the Americas; American religion.

Ellen Schattschneider
Ellen Schattschneider
Associate Professor of Anthropology, and Women's, Gender and Sexuality 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.