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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

  Her research interests include: historic memory and human rights during the Cold War in Latin America, archives and history, and contemporary Central American history. She is equally interested in religious movements and ethnic identity in Latin America, Pentecostalism and other Protestant movements, and the intersection of religion and politics in Latin America.

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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  |  CAL 501B

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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A. Azfar Moin

Assistant Professor

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

Education   

PhD, University of Michigan

Interests

  Sufism and Sainthood in Islam | Sacred Kingship | History of Early Modern Iran, Central Asia, and South Asia

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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 | religion and popular culture | evangelicalism | secularism | corporatism | 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, Centennial Commission in the Liberal Arts Fellow #2

512-232-0874  |  BUR 520

Interests

  Astrobiology | Japanese religion & society | ritual | medical anthropology | science, technology, and culture | 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

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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

mas@austin.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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