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Faculty and Staff

Carol AndersonCarol Anderson
Professor of Religion

Phone: 269-337-7114


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.

Dr. Anderson is on leave for the Fall 2018 quarter.


Jeffrey HausDr. Jeff Haus
Professor of History and Religion

Phone: 269-337-5789


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


Alyssa Maldonado-Estrada
Assistant Professor of Religion

Phone: 269-337-7426


 Office: Humphrey House, room 206

Taylor Petrey
Associate Professor of Religion
Chair of the Religion Department

Phone: 269-337-7286


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.


Deia Sportel
Academic Office Coordinator

Phone: 269-337-7043

Office: Humphrey House, room 110

Deia has a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Management from Cornerstone University and is a Certified Green Dot Instructor.