Thursday, October 19, 2006

Meet the New Religious Studies Faculty

As you prepare for registration for the spring term or turn in papers up on the 26th floor, you may have noticed some new faces:

Clark Chilson has joined the university this year as an Assistant Professor. His PhD is from Lancaster in the UK and he lived for many years in Japan where he completed his BA and his MA. His areas of expertise are Japanese Buddhism and popular religion in Japan. He is also an expert on secret religious societies. This fall, he has been teaching Religion in Asia and Japanese Religious Traditions. In the spring, he will teach Religion and Culture in East Asia and a graduate course on the ethnographic study of religion.

You may recognize Andrew Gross from last year when he joined us on a one-year appointment, replacing David Brodsky. Dr. Gross is now our Perlow Lecturer in Classical Judaism. His PhD is from New York University, where he trained in Hebrew Bible, Second Commonwealth Judaism, and ancient Near Eastern literature and culture. His scholarly work has dealt with comparative ancient legal traditions, the history of the Aramaic language, and the Dead Sea Scrolls. In the spring, he will teach a new course on Myth in the Ancient Near East, Major Biblical Themes, and a course on Women in the Hebrew Bible (under the Women in Judaism rubric).

David Brumble is a familiar face on campus and many of you have taken Bible as Literature with him. Professor Brumble has recently joined the department as a secondary appointment, which is in addition to his primary appointment as Professor of English.

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