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Faculty and Staff

Carol AndersonCarol Anderson
Professor of Religion

Chair of the Religion Department
Phone: 269-337-7114

Email: carol.anderson@kzoo.edu

Office:  Humphrey House, room 105

Carol Anderson received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1994, and has been chair of the Department of Religion since 2005. She teaches courses in the Religions of South Asia, Islam, and thematic courses in feminism, same-sex, and post-colonial approaches to the study of religion.  Her first book focused on the teaching of the four noble truths in Pali Buddhism, and is titled Pain and Its Ending:  The Four Noble Truths in Theravada Buddhism (1999).  She has co-edited a volume in honor of her teacher in Sri Lankan, Professor W. S. Karunatillake, Embedded Knowledges: Studies of Sri Lankan and Buddhist Cultures.  She has published a number of articles on women in South Asian religions, Theravada Buddhism, and is currently working on a project that explores non-normative sexuality in the Pali Buddhist canon.

 


Jeffrey HausDr. Jeff Haus
Associate Professor of History and Religion

Phone: 269-337-5789

Email: jeffrey.haus@kzoo.edu

Office: Dewing, room 303-H

Jeffrey Haus received his Ph.D. in Modern Jewish History from Brandeis University in 1997.  His teaching focuses on the history of the Jewish people in Europe and America.  He is the author of Challenges of Equality: Judaism, State, and Education in Ninteenth-Century France (Wayne State University Press, 2009), as well as several articles exploring the history of French Jewry.  He also served as guest-editor for issue of the CCAR Journal commemorating the bicentennial of the Paris San Hedrin (Winter 2007).  His current research examines the relationship between Jews and money in modern France.

Dr. Haus is the Director of the Jewish Studies Program.

For more information on the Jewish Studies Program, please contact him at (269)-337-5789 or jhaus@kzoo.edu

 


Taylor Petrey
Lucinda Hinsdale Stone
Associate Professor of Religion

Phone: 269-337-7286

Email: taylor.petrey@kzoo.edu

Office: Humphrey House, room 109

Dr. Petrey teaches courses in ancient Christianity and ancient Judaism, including the sacred texts that comprise the Bible for both traditions.  His teaching and research explore themes of how Jewish and Christian identity are formed, both with respect to one another as well as in the context of the broader Greek and Roman religious and social environment of antiquity.  Dr. Petrey also teaches and researches on the body, gender, and sexuality in antiquity.  This interest covers the multiple ways in which the body and sexuality are understood and gender is constructed. Dr. Petrey contributes courses in the Jewish Studies Program.

Dr. Petrey is on Fellowship at Harvard Divinty School for the 2016-17 academic year.

 


Sarah KoenigSarah Koenig
Visiting Assistant Professor

Phone: 269-337-7426

email: sarah.koenig@kzoo.edu

Office:  Humphrey House, room 206

Dr. Koenig earned her joint Ph.D. in History and Religious Studies from Yale University in 2015. She teaches courses on American religions with special focus on how religion intersects with race, gender and sexuality, and science. Her dissertation examines the role that myth-making and history-writing played in the Anglo-American conquest of the American West. It takes up a popular nineteenth-century legend about Marcus Whitman, a Protestant missionary to the Cayuse people of the Pacific Northwest, who allegedly saved Oregon Territory from becoming part of Great Britain. The now-debunked story provides a window into how Protestant religious narratives shaped both the colonization of the American West and the development of the American historical profession. Dr. Koenig also researches and writes on nineteenth-century Native and Anglo-American material cultures of religion, the intersections between religion and market economies, and twentieth-century women’s politics.

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Drew Billings
Visiting Assistant Professor
                                                                   

(2017 Winter and Spring quarters)

 


Deia SportelDeia Sportel
Office Coordinator English & Humanities
 
Phone: 269-337-7043
 

Office: Humphrey House, room 110

Deia has a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Management from Cornerstone University.