Laura Beth Bugg
Assistant Professor

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Department for the Study of Religion
Jackman Humanities Building, Room 304
170 St. George St.

laura.bugg@utoronto.ca

utoronto.academia.edu/LauraBugg

Areas of Interest
  • Sociology of Religion
  • Identity, mobility and transnational religious life
  • Race, belonging, citizenship and immigrant religious institutions
  • Religion, gender and sexuality
  • Religion and the welfare state

Simon Coleman
Chancellor Jackman Professor

Coleman, Simon
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Department for the Study of Religion
170 St George Street, 3rd floor
Toronto, ON M5R 2M8
e: simon.coleman@utoronto.ca

Areas of Interest
  • Ritual, language and transnational mobility in relation to charismatic Christians
  • Re-theorizing the anthropology of pilgrimage
  • Creation science and the anthropology of knowledge
  • The relationship between ritual, history and text
  • Hospital chaplaincy and intersections between spiritualized and medicalized space

Arti Dhand
Associate Professor

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Victoria College
140 Charles Street West, Room 237
Toronto, ON M5S 1K9
t: 416-585-4462
f: 416-585-4584
e: arti.dhand@utoronto.ca

Areas of Interest
  • The Mahabharata and the Ramayana (Hindu epics)
  • Hindu ethics
  • Gender issues in Hinduism
  • Religion and sexuality

James Dicenso
Professor

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Department for the Study of Religion
170 St George Street, Room 328
Toronto, ON M5R 2M8
t: 416-946-3360
e: james.dicenso@utoronto.ca

Areas of Interest
  • Enlightenment and post-Enlightenment interpretations of religion
  • Intersections among religion, ethics, and politics
  • Modern and contemporary hermeneutics

Christoph Emmrich
Associate Professor

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Department for the Study of Religion
170 St George Street, Room 303
Toronto, ON M5R 2M8
t: 416-978-6463
e: christoph.emmrich@utoronto.ca

Areas of Interest
  • Buddhism and Jainism in South and Southeast Asia
  • Nepalese (particularly Newar), Burmese (particularly Mon) and Tamil (particularly Jain) religion
  • Sanskrit, Pali, Prakrit, Newar, Burmese, Mon and Tamil literatures
  • Time and religion, children and religion, travel and religion
  • The historiography and poetics of ritual

Harry Fox
Associate Professor

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Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations
Bancroft Hall, Room 313
4 Bancroft Avenue
Toronto, ON M5S 1C1
t: 416-946-3244
f: 416-978-3305
e: harryfox@chass.utoronto.ca

Areas of Interest
  • Post-Biblical Judaism
  • Talmudic literature
  • Rabbinic literature
  • Hebrew literature

Frances Garrett
Associate Professor, Associate Chair

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Department for the Study of Religion
170 St George Street, Room 302
Toronto, ON M5R 2M8
t: 416-978-1020
e: frances.garrett@utoronto.ca
francesgarrett.chass.utoronto.ca

Areas of Interest
  • Buddhist studies
  • Tibetan Buddhism
  • Buddhism and medical traditions in Asia

Sol Goldberg
Associate Professor, Teaching Stream

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Department for the Study of Religion & the Centre for Jewish Studies
170 St. George Street, Room 218B
Toronto, ON M5R 2M8
t: 416-978-1459
e: sol.goldberg@utoronto.ca
www.solgoldberg.com

Areas of Interest
  • Modern Jewish philosophy
  • Philosophy of religion
  • Continental philosophy, in particular phenomenology, hermeneutics, and critical theory
  • Aguments for and against religious, ethical, and cultural particularism
  • Concepts of tradition

Amanda Goodman
Assistant Professor

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Department for the Study of Religion
170 St. George Street, Room 334
Toronto, ON M5R 2M8
t: 416-946-3350
e: amanda.goodman

Areas of Interest
  • Buddhist studies
  • Chinese religions
  • East Asian esoteric Buddhism
  • Dunhuang studies
  • Silk Road studies
  • Ritual and ritual theory
  • Material and visual culture

Kenneth Green
Professor

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Department for the Study of Religion
University College, Room F104
15 King’s College Circle
Toronto, ON M5S 3H7
t: 416-978-8116
e: kenneth.green@utoronto.ca

Areas of Interest
  • Jewish thought and philosophy
  • Philosophy of religion
  • Judaism in the modern age
  • Political philosophy

Jennifer Harris
Associate Professor

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Department for the Study of Religion
170 St George Street, 3rd floor
Toronto, ON M5R 2M8
t: 416-978-5939
e: jennifer.harris@utoronto.ca

Areas of Interest
  • Medieval Studies (to 1250)
  • Place and space
  • Historiography
  • Popular culture

Pamela Klassen
Professor

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Department for the Study of Religion
170 St George Street
Toronto, ON M5R 2M8
e: p.klassen@utoronto.ca
projects.chass.utoronto.ca/pklassen

Areas of Interest
  • Anthropology of religion
  • Religion, healing, and medicine
  • Religious diversity in North America in historical and contemporary perspectives
  • Women, gender, and religion
  • Ritual and ritual theory
  • Narrative and life writing
  • Religion and the secular

John Kloppenborg
Professor, Chair

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Trinity College
Larkin Building, Room 311
6 Hoskin Avenue
Toronto, ON M5S 1H8
t: 416-978-6493
f: 416-978-4949
e: john.kloppenborg@utoronto.ca

Areas of Interest
  • Synoptic Gospels
  • Synoptic Problem
  • Parables
  • Passion Narratives
  • Letter of James
  • Associations in the Graeco-Roman World

Reid Locklin
Associate Professor

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St Michael’s College
Odette Hall, Room 130
81 St Mary Street
Toronto, ON M5S 1J4
t: 416-926-1300, x3317
e: reid.locklin@utoronto.cautoronto.academia.edu/ReidLocklintwitter logo @reidblocklin

Areas of Interest
  • Interreligious and Comparative Theologies
  • Hindu-Christian Studies
  • Advaita Vedanta
  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

John Marshall
Associate Professor

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University College, Room 254
15 King’s College Circle
Toronto, ON M5S 3H7
t: 416-978-6667
f: 416-971-2027
e: john.marshall@utoronto.ca
individual.utoronto.ca/jwm

Areas of Interest
  • Apocalyptic literature
  • Colonialism and religion in the ancient world
  • Early Jewish-Christian relations
  • Historical Jesus
  • “Magic”
  • The role of Paul in the construction of Christianity

Ruth Marshall
Associate Professor

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Departments for the Study of Religion & Political Science
170 St George Street, Room 300
Toronto, ON M5R 2M8
t: 416-978-0241
f: 416-978-1610
e: ruth.marshall@utoronto.ca
projects.chass.utoronto.ca/ruthmarshall

Areas of Interest
  • Religion, politics and public life
  • Secularism and democratic theory
  • Continental political philosophy
  • Continental philosophy of religion
  • Post-colonial theory, African Studies
  • Citizenship, state politics and violence in Nigeria & Cote d’Ivoire
  • Pentecostalism, radical reformist Islam and religious revival in the Global South

Libbie (Elizabeth) Mills
Assistant Professor

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Department for the Study of Religion
170 St George Street, Room 335
Toronto, ON M5R 2M8
e: libbie.mills@utoronto.ca

Areas of Interest
  • Early Shaiva Tantra
  • Pratistha (Installation procedure)
  • Vastushastra (building instruction)
  • Temples of South Asia and its diaspora
  • Ayurveda medicine

Amira Mittermaier
Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies

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Departments for the Study of Religion & Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations
170 St George Street, Room 332
Toronto, ON M5R 2M8
t: 416-978-5938
e: amira.mittermaier@utoronto.ca

Areas of Interest
  • Method and theory in the study of religion
  • Modern Islam
  • Anthropology of Islam
  • Sufism
  • Ethnographic method and writing
  • Egypt, Middle East

Nada Moumtaz
Assistant Professor

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Department for the Study of Religion
Jackman Humanities Building, Room 315
170 St. George St.
nada.moumtaz@utoronto.ca

Areas of Interest
  • Anthropology of Islam
  • Islamic law
  • Anthropology of property
  • Economic anthropology
  • Urban theory
  • Ottoman 19th century
  • Contemporary Middle East, Levant, Lebanon

Judith H. Newman
Associate Professor

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Department for the Study of Religion
Emmanuel College
75 Queen’s Crescent East
Toronto, ON M5S 1K7
t: 416-585-4533
e: judith.newman@utoronto.ca

Areas of Interest
  • Hebrew Bible/Old Testament
  • Post-exilic Jewish literature including the Dead Sea Scrolls
  • Hellenistic Judaism
  • Formation and reception of scripture in early Judaism and Christianity
  • Ritual studies
  • Liturgy
  • Embodied cognition and conceptual metaphor theory

Yigal S. Nizri
Lecturer

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Department for the Study of Religion & Centre for Jewish Studies
170 St George Street, Room 202
Toronto, ON M5R 2M8
t: 416-978-4705
e: yigal.nizri@utoronto.ca

Areas of Interest
  • Modern Jewish history
  • Maghribi halakhic traditions
  • Jewish history of the Islamic world
  • Hebrew instruction

David Novak
Professor

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Department for the Study of Religion
170 St George Street, Room 330
Toronto, ON M5R 2M8
t: 416-946-3229
f: 416-971-2027
e: david.novak@utoronto.ca

Areas of Interest
  • Jewish theology
  • Ethics (including biomedical ethics)
  • Political theory (with special emphasis on natural law theory)
  • Jewish-Christian relations

Kevin Lewis O’Neill
Professor

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Department for the Study of Religion & Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies
170 St George Street, Room 301
Toronto, ON M5R 2M8
t: 416-978-7050
f: 416-978-1610
e: kevin.oneill@utoronto.ca

Areas of Interest
  • Diaspora and Transnationalism
  • Religion in the Americas
  • History of Religions
  • Ethnographic Inquiry

Srilata Raman
Associate Professor

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Department for the Study of Religion & Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies
170 St George Street, Room 313
Toronto, ON M5R 2M8
t: 416-978-3189
e: s.raman@utoronto.ca@utoronto.ca

Areas of Interest
  • Sanskrit and Tamil intellectual formations in South India from pre-colonial times to modernity
  • Yoga and Ayurveda
  • Srivaishnavism
  • Sanskrit and Tamil commentarial literature
  • Religion and Colonialism
  • Colonial sainthood and Gurus
  • Gender and the Goddess
  • Modern Tamil and Dalit Literature
  • Bhakti

Ajay Rao
Associate Professor

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Department for the Study of Religion (St George) & Department of Historical Studies (UTM)
t: 416-978-4785 (St George)
t: 905-569-9494 (UTM)
e: ajay.rao@utoronto.ca

Areas of Interest
  • Sanskrit intellectual history
  • Sanskrit literature and poetics
  • Religion and aesthetics
  • Encounters between Indo-Islamic and Sanskritic cultures
  • Cultural history of the Deccan

Karen Ruffle
Associate Professor

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Department for the Study of Religion
170 St George Street, Room 329
t: 416-978-6217
e: karen.ruffle@utoronto.ca

Areas of Interest
  • Shi’ism, Islam, South Asia
  • Islam and material culture studies
  • Hagiography, ritual
  • South Asia, Iran
  • Indian Ocean studies
  • Religion, gender, and theories of the body

Walid Saleh
Associate Professor

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Department for the Study of Religion & Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations
Bancroft Building
4 Bancroft Avenue, Room 220
Toronto ON M5S 1C1
t: 416-946-3241
f: 416-978-3305
e: walid.saleh@utoronto.ca

Areas of Interest
  • Qur’an
  • History of Quranic exegesis
  • Apocalyptic literature
  • Theological literature of medieval Islam
  • Arabic literature

J. Barton Scott
Assistant Professor

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Department for the Study of Religion
170 St. George St., Room 205

barton.scott@utoronto.ca

Areas of Interest
  • Religion, media, and public culture
  • Cultural history of the study of religion
  • Postcolonial theory
  • Religion in modern South Asia

Kyle Smith
Assistant Professor

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Department for the Study of Religion
170 St George Street, Room 321
Toronto, ON M5R 2M8
t: 416-946-3493
e: kr.smith@utoronto.ca
utoronto.academia.edu/KyleSmith

Areas of Interest
  • Early Christianity
  • Late antique historiography
  • Martyrdom literature and hagiography
  • Asceticism and monasticism
  • Hellenistic philosophy

Shafique N. Virani
Associate Professor

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Department for the Study of Religion (St George) & Department of Historical Studies (UTM)
t: 416-978-4892 (St George)
t: 905-569-4492 (UTM)
e: shafique.virani@utoronto.ca

Areas of Interest
  • Sufism
  • Bhakti
  • Islamic History, Philosophy and Literature
  • Shi’ism (Twelver and Ismaili)