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    Ancient Mediterranean Religions

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    James A. Gray Distinguished Professor
    Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary, 1985

    117 Saunders Hall
    (919) 962-3940
    behrman@email.unc.edu

    Field of specialization: Ancient Mediterranean Religions
    Research interests: New Testament interpretation; Apostolic Fathers; early Christian apocrypha; orthodoxy and heresy in early Christianity; New Testament textual criticism

    Biographical profile
    Curriculum vitae
    Personal website


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    Assistant Professor
    Ph.D., Harvard University, 2004

    127 Saunders Hall
    (919) 843-9117
    dalambe@email.unc.edu

    Field of specialization: Ancient Mediterranean Religions
    Research interests: Hebrew Bible; ancient Israelite religious practices and society; late Second Temple Judaism; the history of biblical interpretation; development of religious terminology; Western notions of the self and interiority; history of Jewish thought


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    Kenan Distinguished Professor
    Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1989

    121 Saunders Hall
    (919) 962-3928
    magness@email.unc.edu

    Field of specialization: Ancient Mediterranean Religions; Islamic Studies
    Research interests: Early Judaism; archaeology of Palestine

    Biographical profile
    Curriculum vitae
    Archaeological Dig in Israel


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    Associate Professor
    Ph.D., Yale University, 1996

    116 Saunders Hall
    (919) 962-3936
    plese@email.unc.edu

    Field of specialization: Ancient Mediterranean Religions
    Research interests: Gnosticism and Manichaeism; Hellenistic religions, philosophy,and rhetoric; Plutarch and Platonism; Coptic language and literature

    Biographical profile
    Curriculum vitae

    Islamic Studies

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    Kenan Distinguished Professor
    Ph.D., Harvard University, 1981

    107 Saunders Hall
    (919) 962-3924
    cernst@email.unc.edu

     

    Field of specialization: Islamic Studies; Religions of Asia
    Research interests: Sufism, with a focus on west and south Asia; Muslim interpretations of Hinduism; the Qur'an as literature

    Personal website


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    Assistant Professor and Kenan Rifai Fellow in Islamic Studies
    Ph.D., Humboldt University, Berlin, 2001

    122 Saunders Hall
    (919) 962-7278
    jhammer@email.unc.edu

    Field of specialization: Islamic Studies

    Research interests: American Muslims; gender discourses in American Muslim communities; Muslim women's and gender studies; theory and method in the study of Islam; Sufism and food; modern and contemporary Muslim approaches to the Qur'an; marriage, family, and sexuality in religions


    Jodi Magnessmagness.jpg

    Kenan Distinguished Professor
    Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1989

    121 Saunders Hall
    (919) 962-3928
    magness@email.unc.edu

    Field of specialization: Ancient Mediterranean Religions; Islamic Studies
    Research interests: Early Judaism; archaeology of Palestine

    Biographical profile
    Curriculum vitae
    Archaeological Dig in Israel


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    Professor
    Ph.D., Duke University, 2000

    120 Saunders Hall
    (919) 962-4890
    omid@email.unc.edu

    Field of specialization: Islamic Studies; Religions of Asia
    Research interests: Progressive Islamic thought; social and intellectual history of pre-modern Islam; Islamic mysticism

    Curriculum vitae
    Personal website

     

    Medieval and Early Modern Studies

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    Assistant Professor
    Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2004

    113 Saunders Hall
    (919) 843-3094
    jboon@email.unc.edu

    Field of specialization: Medieval and Early Modern Christianity
    Research interests: Mysticism; religion in medieval and Golden Age Spain; Marian and Passion-centered devotions; body, suffering, and religion; history of science and spirituality; gender and sexuality


    Evyatar Marienbergmarienberg.jpg

    Assistant Professor
    E.J. and Sara Evans Fellow of Jewish History and Culture

    Ph.D., Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, 2002

    128 Saunders Hall
    (919) 962-3939
    evyatarm@unc.edu

    Field of specialization: Medieval and Early Modern Studies; Religion and Culture
    Research interests: Rabbinic Judaism and Jewish law; contemporary Catholicism; regulation of sexuality; social history in the Middle Ages; rituals; reception of Vatican II

    Biographical profile
    Curriculum vitae
    Personal website

     

    Religion and Culture

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    Assistant Professor
    Ph.D., Princeton University, 1999

    112 Saunders Hall
    (919) 962-3925
    leve@email.unc.edu

    Field of specialization: Religions of Asia; Religion and Culture
    Research interests: Ethnographic methods and the ethnography of religion; Buddhism in South and Southeast Asia; personhood and identity; gender and feminist theory; globalism, nationalism, and postcoloniality; anthropology of religion; religions of South Asia and Nepal

    Curriculum vitae


    Todd Ramón OchoaOchoa.jpg

    Assistant Professor
    Ph.D., Columbia University, 2005

    118 Saunders Hall
    (919) 962-3934
    tochoa@email.unc.edu

    Field of specialization: Religion in the Americas
    Research interests: African-inspired religions in Latin America and the Caribbean; Cuban-Kongo societies of affliction; materiality; Creolization and racialization; critical ethnographic practice

    Curriculum vitae


    Randall G. Styerscrop_styers.jpg
    Associate Professor
    J.D., Yale Law School, 1984
    Ph.D., Duke University, 1997

    106 Saunders Hall
    (919) 962-3938
    rstyers@unc.edu

    Field of specialization: Religion and Culture
    Research interests: Modern Western religious thought; contemporary critical thought; religion and magic; religion and law; gender theory

    Curriculum vitae


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    Professor
    Yale University, 1957
    Manchester, Chicago, Oxford

    113 Saunders Hall
    (919) 962-3935
    tyson@email.unc.edu

    Field of specialization: Religion and Culture
    Research interests: History of social thought; epistemology and rhetoric of ethnographic practices; symbol and allegory in the ritual practices of the Blue Ridge Primitive Baptists

    Curriculum vitae

     

    Religion in the Americas

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    Professor
    Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1986

    129 Saunders Hall
    (919) 962-3930
    yariel@email.unc.edu

    Field of specialization: Religion in the Americas
    Research interests: Evangelicals and Jews; Jewish renewal; Jewish new religious movements; Christianity and Israel

    Biographical profile

    Curriculum vitae


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    Assistant Professor
    Th.D., Harvard University, 2012

    130 Saunders Hall
    (919) 962-1268
    bayne@unc.edu

    Field of specialization: Religion in the Americas
    Research interests: Colonial Missions and Encounter; Early Modern Global Catholicism; Native American Christianities; Latina/o and Borderlands Religion; Martyrdom, Relics, and Memorialization; World Christianity


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    Assistant Professor
    Ph.D., Columbia University, 2005

    118 Saunders Hall
    (919) 962-3934
    tochoa@email.unc.edu

    Field of specialization: Religion in the Americas
    Research interests: African-inspired religions in Latin America and the Caribbean; Cuban-Kongo societies of affliction; materiality; Creolization and racialization; critical ethnographic practice

    Curriculum vitae

     

    Religions of Asia

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    Associate Professor
    Ph.D., Harvard University, 2002

    125 G Saunders Hall
    (919) 962-3931
    bambros@email.unc.edu

    Field of specialization: Religions of Asia
    Research interests: East Asian Buddhism; Shinto; pilgrimage and sacred space in Japan; ethnicity and religion in Asian diaspora communities in Japan; human-animal relationships; East Asian religions and the environment


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    Kenan Distinguished Professor
    Ph.D., Harvard University, 1981

    107 Saunders Hall
    (919) 962-3924
    cernst@email.unc.edu

     

    Field of specialization: Islamic Studies; Religions of Asia
    Research interests: Sufism, with a focus on west and south Asia; Muslim interpretations of Hinduism; the Qur'an as literature

    Personal website


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    Assistant Professor
    Ph.D., Princeton University, 1999

    112 Saunders Hall
    (919) 962-3925
    leve@email.unc.edu

    Field of specialization: Religions of Asia; Religion and Culture
    Research interests: Ethnographic methods and the ethnography of religion; Buddhism in South and Southeast Asia; personhood and identity; gender and feminist theory; globalism, nationalism, and postcoloniality; anthropology of religion; religions of South Asia and Nepal

    Curriculum vitae


    Omid Safisafi.jpg
    Professor
    Ph.D., Duke University, 2000

    120 Saunders Hall
    (919) 962-4890
    omid@email.unc.edu

    Field of specialization: Islamic Studies; Religions of Asia
    Research interests: Progressive Islamic thought; social and intellectual history of pre-modern Islam; Islamic mysticism

    Curriculum vitae
    Personal website

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