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Martha G. Newman, Chair BUR 529, Mailcode A3700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-7737

Faculty List

Core Faculty

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Joel Brereton

Associate Professor

jpb@austin.utexas.edu  |  512-475-6024  |  WCH 4.114

Education   

Ph.D., Yale University

Interests

  Religion & literature of early India | Vedic studies | Sanskrit | Asian religions

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Alison K. Frazier

Associate Professor

akfrazier@austin.utexas.edu  |  512-475-6375  |  GAR 2.148

Education   

Ph.D., 1997, Columbia University

Interests

  Premodern saints' lives | biblical exegesis | manuscript and print culture | Machiavelli and torture | Consolatoria

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Oliver Freiberger

Associate Professor

of@austin.utexas.edu  |  512-471-8239  |  WCH 4.104A

Education   

Ph.D., Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany

Interests

  Indian Buddhism | asceticism | comparison in the study of religion

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Steven J. Friesen

Professor, Louise Farmer Boyer Chair in Biblical Studies

friesen@austin.utexas.edu  |  (512) 471-8629  |  BUR 530

Education   

Ph.D., Harvard University

Interests

  Social history of the early Christian churches | Roman imperial cults | Revelation and apocalypticism | indigenous religions | social locations and functions of religion

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Virginia Garrard-Burnett

Professor

garrard@austin.utexas.edu  |  512.475.7822  |  GAR 2.204

Education   

Ph.D., Tulane University

Interests

  Religion in Latin America | Protestantism and new religious movements | religious and ethnic identity among the Maya | neo-pentecostalism in Brazil

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Jennifer Graber

Associate Professor

jgraber@austin.utexas.edu  |  (512) 471-8634  |  BUR 528

Education   

Ph.D., Duke University
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Jo Ann Hackett

Professor

hackett@austin.utexas.edu  |  512-471-6951  |  WMB 5.136

Education   

Ph.D., Harvard University

Interests

  Old Testament & Hebrew studies | Semitic languages & epigraphy | women in the ancient Near East | mythology

Brent Landau

Faculty

bclandau@utexas.edu

Education   

Th.D., Harvard Divinity School
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Martha G. Newman

Department Chair; Associate Professor

newman@austin.utexas.edu  |  (512) 232-2264  |  BUR 418 / GAR 3.408

Education   

Ph.D., 1988, Stanford University

Interests

  Medieval Christian monasticism | monastic miracle collections | monastic attitudes toward women & the poor

Jonathan Schofer

Faculty

jonschofer@austin.utexas.edu

Education   

Ph.D., University of Chicago
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Chad Seales

Assistant Professor

seales@austin.utexas.edu  |  512-232-5929  |  BUR 516

Education   

Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Interests

  Religion in North America | evangelicalism | secularism | corporatism | industrialization | race and ethnicity | theory and method in the study of religion

Geoffrey Smith

Faculty

gssmith@utexas.edu

Education   

Ph.D., Princeton University
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John W. Traphagan

Professor

jtrap@utexas.edu  |  512-232-0874  |  BUR 520

Education   

Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

Interests

  Religion & ritual | Japanese religion & society | anthropology of religion | medical ethics | gender & aging | family & kinship

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L. Michael White

Professor, Ronald Nelson Smith Chair in Classics and Religious Studies; Director, Institute for the Study of Antiquity & Christian Origins (ISAC)

lmwhite@utexas.edu  |  512-232-1438  |  WAG 212

Education   

Ph.D., Yale University

Interests

  Greco-Roman religions | formative Judaism | Christian origins | archaeology & social history

Affiliated Faculty

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Robert H. Abzug

Oliver H. Radkey Regents Professor of History; Director, Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies

zug@austin.utexas.edu  |  512-475-7240  |  GAR 2.108

Education   

Ph.D., History, 1977, University of California, Berkeley

Interests

  Religion in the U.S. | social reform and religious life in antebellum America | America and the Holocaust | the interpenetration of religion and psychology in modern American culture

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Hina Azam

Assistant Professor, Department of Middle Eastern Studies

hina.azam@austin.utexas.edu  |  475-8393 (no voicemail - please call department to leave a message)  |  WMB 5.120A

Education   

Ph.D.- 2007, Duke University

Interests

  Islamic jurisprudence, theology, exegesis, hadith studies; Women/sexuality and Islam; Sexual Violence in Islamic Law

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Miriam Bodian

Professor, Department of History

bodian@austin.utexas.edu  |  512-471-4358  |  GAR 2.104A

Education   

Ph.D., 1988, Hebrew University

Interests

  Spanish and Portuguese Inquisitions | post-Expulsion Sephardic Jewry | Jews and the Reformation

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Matthew Butler

Associate Professor, Department of History

mbutler@austin.utexas.edu  |  512-475-7972  |  GAR 3.414

Education   

Ph.D., University of Bristol

Interests

  Religion in Latin America | Post-revolutionary Mexico | Cristero Rebellion | Church and State | Latin American Catholicism

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Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra

Alice Drysdale Sheffield Professor of History

canizares-esguerra@austin.utexas.edu  |  512-475-7694  |  GAR 2.108

Education   

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin

Interests

  Early Modern Atlantic History | History of Science and Colonialism | History of Knowledge | Colonial Spanish and British America

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John R Clarke

Professor, Department of Art & Art History; Annie Laurie Howard Regents Professor in Fine Arts

j.clarke@austin.utexas.edu  |  512-232-2355  |  DFA 2.114

Education   

PhD, Yale

Interests

  Greek and Roman art and architecture

Donald R Davis

Associate Professor

drdj@austin.utexas.edu  |  512-232-7921  |  WCH 4.114

Education   

PhD, University of Texas at Austin

Interests

  Sanskrit; Hinduism; Jainism; Law and Religion; Medieval India; Malayalam

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Karl Galinsky

Floyd A. Cailloux Centennial Professor of Classics, University Distinguished Teaching Professor

galinsky@austin.utexas.edu  |  471-8504  |  WAG 215

Education   

Ph.D., Princeton

Interests

  Roman literature | Augustine culture | Greco-Roman religion | social memory

Omür Harmansah

Donald D. Harrington Faculty Fellow

omur_harmansah@brown.edu

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John Huehnergard

Professor, Department of Middle Eastern Studies

huehnergard@austin.utexas.edu  |  512-471-7081  |  CAL 501A

Education   

Ph.D. 1979, Harvard University

Interests

  Semitic languages and linguistics | historical linguistics | writing systems | ancient Near Eastern history

S. Akbar Hyder

Associate Professor, Department of Asian Studies

syedakbarhyder@gmail.com  |  512-475-6031  |  WCH 4.110

Education   

Ph.D., Harvard University

Interests

  Islam in South Asia | religious aesthetics in South Asia and the Middle East

Janice Leoshko

Associate Professor, Department of Art & Art History

jleoshko@austin.utexas.edu  |  512-232-2581  |  DFA 2.110

Education   

Ph.D., Ohio State University

Interests

  religious art in South and Southeast Asia | Indian Buddhist art | Jain art

A. Azfar Moin

Research Fellow

amoin@utexas.edu  |  512 232-7224  |  BUR 518

Education   

PhD, University of Michigan

Interests

  Sufism and Sainthood in Islam; Sacred Kingship; Early Modern Iran, Central Asia, and South Asia

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Na'ama Pat-El

Assistant Professor, Department of Middle Eastern Studies

npatel@austin.utexas.edu  |  232-8292  |  WMB 5.144

Education   

Ph.D.- 2008, Harvard University

Interests

  Comparative Semitic linguistics | historical linguistics | languages in contact

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Glenn Peers

Professor, Department of Art & Art History

gpeers@austin.utexas.edu  |  512-232-2594  |  DFA 2.508

Education   

Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University

Interests

  Early medieval and Byzantine art

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Martha Selby

Professor and Chair, Department of Asian Studies

ms@uts.cc.utexas.edu  |  512-475-6040  |  WCH 4.134A

Education   

Ph.D., University of Chicago

Interests

  Representations of women in Indian religions | religion and medicine | religious poetry of India

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Nancy K. Stalker

Associate Professor, Department of Asian Studies

nancy.stalker@austin.utexas.edu  |  512-475-6044  |  WCH 5.128

Education   

Ph.D., 2002, Stanford University

Interests

  New religious movements in Japan | 20th-century cultural history of Japan | religion and gender

David Stuart

Professor, Department of Art & Art History; Linda and David Schele Professor of Mesoamerican Art and Writing

davidstuart@mail.utexas.edu  |  512-232-2363  |  ART 1.412

Education   

Ph.D., Vanderbilt University

Interests

  Religion in Mesoamerica | Ancient Maya religion and culture

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