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Jonathan Baer
Jonathan Baer (Ph.D Yale University) is Associate Professor of Religion at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana. He serves as director of Scroll: The Wabash Institute of Theology for Youth, a summer program for young men funded by a grant from the Lilly Endowment. He is also director of Callings: Exploring Vocational Identity and Purpose, a NetVUE-affiliated program at Wabash. He is the author of articles, essays, and reviews that have appeared in a variety of publications, including Church History and the Journal of Religion. At Wabash, he teaches courses related to American religious history, church history, and anthropology and sociology of religion.
Chad M. Bauman
Chad M. Bauman (Ph.D. Princeton Theological Seminary) is Professor of Religion at Butler University. His earliest research focused on the interaction of low-caste Christians and Hindus in colonial India, and culminated in a book, Christian Identity and Dalit Religion in Hindu India, 1868-1947, which won the prize for Best Book in Hindu-Christian Studies, 2006-2008, from the Society for Hindu-Christian Studies. His most recent book is Pentecostals, Proselytization, and Anti-Christian Violence in Contemporary India (Oxford University Press, 2015).
Candy Gunther Brown
Candy Gunther Brown (Ph.D Harvard University) is Professor of Religious Studies at Indiana University. Brown is author of "The Word in the World: Evangelical Writing, Publishing, and Reading in America, 1789-1880" (2004); "Testing Prayer: Science and Healing" (2012); and "The Healing Gods: Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Christian America" (2013). She is editor of "Global Pentecostal and Charismatic Healing" (2011), and co-editor (with Mark Silk) of "The Future of Evangelicalism in America" (2016). Her most recent book is titled: "Debating Yoga and Mindfulness in Public Schools: Reforming Secular Education or Reestablishing Religion?"(2019). Dr. Brown was the 2017 president of the American Society of Church History.
Richard Gunderman
Richard Gunderman (University of Chicago) is Chancellor's Professor of Radiology, Pediatrics, Medical Education, Philosophy, Liberal Arts, Philanthropy, and Medical Humanities and Health Studies at Indiana University, where he is also John A Campbell Professor of Radiology. He was named the 2012 Distinguished Educator of the American Roentgen Ray Society. In 2012, he received the Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Award for Teaching Excellence, the top teaching award from the Association of American Medical Colleges. He serves on numerous boards, including the Kinsey Institute for the Study of Human Sexuality, Christian Theological Seminary, and Alpha Omega Alpha National Honor Medical Society. He is the author of over 600 articles and has published ten books, including "We Come to Life with Those We Serve" and "Hoosier Beacons," were published in 2017.
Paul Gutjahr
Paul Gutjahr (Ph.D University of Iowa) is Ruth N. Halls Professor of English at Indiana University. He also holds adjunct appointments in American Studies and Religious Studies. Along with numerous articles and book chapters, he is the author of "An American Bible: A History of the Good Book in the United States, 1777-1880" (1999), "Charles Hodge: Guardian of American Orthodoxy" (2011), and "The Book of Mormon: A Biography" (Princeton UP, 2012). He has also co-edited "Illuminating Letters: Essays on Typography and Literary Interpretation" (2001) and edited two major anthologies: one on American Popular Literature of the Nineteenth-Century and the other on American Bestsellers in the Nineteenth Century. He has also served as the sole editor for the "Oxford Handbook of the Bible in America" (2017). One of his next projects is what he is calling his UFO theology project: the study of American Religious Traditions and their beliefs concerning life on other planets.
Susan Hyatt
Susan Hyatt (Ph.D. University of Massachusetts) is Professor and Chair of the Anthropology department at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. During the 1980s, she worked as a community organizer in Southwest Chicago, reinforcing her commitment to community-based collaborative teaching and research. She and her students have been working on a project called The Neighborhood of Saturdays, which tells the story of a neighborhood in South Indianapolis where Jewish immigrants and African Americans once lived side-by-side sharing bonds of friendship and fellowship. She is currently researching the history of Jewish immigrants, who were relocated to Indiana during the early years of the 20th century.
Khadija Khaja
Khadija Khaja (PhD. Indiana University) is Associate Professor of Social Work at IUPUI. Dr. Khaja was born in Africa, but grew up in Canada and the USA as well. She holds a BA, BSW, MSW and PhD from institutions in Canada and the US Her primary teaching, research and service interests are related to Muslim communities, Islamophobia, using spirituality in community development initiatives, bullying of Muslim students, and White Nationalism's impact on religious communities. She co-edited a book on Spirituality Culture and Development and Implications for Social Work Practice.
Andrea R. Jain
Andrea R. Jain (Ph.D Rice University) is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at IUPUI, Editor of the Journal of American Academy of Religion, and author of Selling Yoga: From Counterculture to Pop Culture (2014). Her areas of interest include contemporary spirituality and the history of modern yoga; the yoga industry's relationship to neoliberalism, market capitalism, and consumer culture; the intersections of gender, sexuality, and yoga; religion and politics in contemporary society; and methods and theories in the study of religion. She is a regular contributor to Religion Dispatches on topics related to yoga in contemporary culture and Co-Chair of the Yoga in Theory and Practice Group of the American Academy of Religion.
Emily Suzanne Johnson
Emily Suzanne Johnson (Ph.D, Yale University) is Assistant Professor of History at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, where she is also an affiliate faculty member in Women's and Gender Studies. Johnson is the author of "This Is Our Message: Women's Leadership in the New Christian Right" (2019). Her research interests center on gender and sexuality in U.S. history, with a particular focus on the intersections between religion, politics, and popular culture. She is a regular contributor to Religion and Politics and to "Made by History" by the Washington Post.
J. Gregory Keller
J. Gregory Keller (Ph.D. Purdue University) is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. His work primarily covers ethics, philosophy and literature, philosophy of religion, and both ancient philosophy and contemporary Continental philosophy. His current work focuses on dialogic ethics, beginning from the ethics presented by the theologian H. Richard Niebuhr, especially in the posthumously published The Responsible Self.
Sheila Kennedy
Sheila Suess Kennedy (J.D. McKinney School of Law, IUPUI) is Professor of Law and Public Policy and founder of the Center for Civic Literacy at IUPUI. She is the author of eight books, including "What's a Nice Republican Girl Like Me Doing at the ACLU?"; "Charitable Choice at Work: Faith-Based Jobs Programs in the States" (with Wolfgang Bielefield); "God and Country: America in Red and Blue"; "Distrust, American Style: Diversity and the Crisis of Public Confidence"; and "Talking Politics: What You Need to Know Before You Open Your Mouth." Sheila has published numerous book chapters and articles in scholarly journals and law reviews. She was previously a columnist for the Indianapolis Star, and continues to write regular columns for the Indianapolis Business Journal. Professor Kennedy blogs daily at www.sheilakennedy.net, and is a frequent public speaker and contributor to other blogs and periodicals.
David King
David P. King (Ph.D Emory University) is the Karen Lake Buttrey Director of the Lake Institute on Faith and Giving as well as Assistant Professor of Philanthropic Studies within the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Trained as an American religious historian, his research interests broadly include exploring the practices of twentieth and twenty-first century American and global faith communities as well as more specifically investigating how the religious identity of faith-based nonprofits shapes their motivations, rhetoric, and practice. He is the author of the recent book, God’s Internationalists: World Vision and the Age of Evangelical Humanitarianism (2019) that traces the seventy year history of World Vision, the world’s largest Christian humanitarian organization, as a lens to explore the religious history of international relief and development organizations.
Elizabeth Kryder-Reid
Elizabeth Kryder-Reid (Ph.D Brown University) is Professor of Anthropology and Museum Studies in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, Director of the Cultural Heritage Research Center, and the former Director of the IUPUI Museum Studies Program. With a background in archaeology, art history, and public history, her research investigates cultural heritage with a particular focus on the intersections of landscape and power and the contestation of social inequalities across gender, race, class, ethnicity, and religion. She is the author of "California Mission Landscapes: Race, Memory, and the Politics of Heritage" (2016), a contributing author to Interpreting Religion (2018) and Keywords in American Landscape Design (2010), and PI of Shaping Outcomes (www.shapingoutcomes.org).
Kyle Minor
Kyle Minor (M.F.A. Ohio State University) is Associate Professor of English, Director of Creative Writing, and Director of the IAHI Documentary Film Project at the Indiana University School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI. He is the author of two collections of short fiction about fundamentalism in America (In the Devil's Territory, 2008, and Praying Drunk, 2014.) His recent work appears in Esquire, Salon, Iowa Review, and the New York Times Book Review. He is at work completing The Sexual Lives of Missionaries, a novel set in Florida and Haiti.
William Mirola
William Mirola (Ph.D Indiana University) is Professor of Sociology at Marian University. His research and teaching interests center on religion and social class inequality as well as religion and social movement activism. Dr. Mirola co-edited "Sociology of Religion: A Reader" (3rd edition forthcoming) with Sue Monahan and Michael Emerson as well as co-authored "Religion Implicated: What Sociology Teaches Us About Religion in Our World" (Allyn and Bacon). He is also author of "Redeeming Time: Protestantism and the Eight-Hour Movement in Chicago, 1886-1912" (2015) and "Religion and Class in America: Culture, History, and Politics" (2008). Dr. Mirola also published an essay, "Religion and Class in America," in the new Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion.
Sara M. Patterson
Sara M. Patterson (Ph.D Claremont Graduate University) is Associate Professor of Theological Studies at Hanover College where she teaches courses in religion in the U.S., the intersections of race/ ethnicity and religion, and gender studies. In her research, Dr. Patterson explores understandings of sacred space in the American West. Her work, "Middle of Nowhere: Religion, Art, and Pop Culture at Salvation Mountain" (2015), explores a piece of outsider religious artwork in the southern Californian desert. Her current project examines the intersections of historical memory and sacred space along the Mormon trail.
Jeremy Price
Jeremy Price (Ph.D. Boston College) is Assistant Professor of Technology, Innovation, and Pedagogy in Urban Education at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Dr. Price conducts research on antisemitism and Christian normativity in K12 education spaces, using a variety of analytic lenses on a range of scales from the classroom to the nation. From this work, he has developed an intervention framework based on multicultural education practices that recognizes the tangled relationships between school and community. He is also conducting research on the impacts of white nationalism on religious communities and the caring professions, how hate spreads online, and ways that dialogue between religious communities can build relationships and understanding for a more inclusive democratic society.
William C. Ringenberg
William C. (Bill) Ringenberg (Ph.D Michigan State University) completed fifty years of affiliation with Taylor University in 2017. He is the author of two Taylor histories (1973, 1996), two histories of Christian higher education (1984, 2006), two books for college students on applied Christianity (2003, 2018), and a book on academic freedom in Christian higher education (2017). He presently is working with Matthew Ringenberg, Joseph Brain, and the Indiana University Press on an autobiography of an early Taylor student (The Education of Alice Hamilton: From Fort Wayne to Harvard).
Robert Saler
Robert Saler (Ph.D. Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago) is Research Professor of Religion and Culture at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, where he also serves as associate dean. He is the author of four books, including an analysis of how theologians position themselves as authors in the theological marketplace and several monographs on religion and audio culture. He is currently working on how understandings of secularism influence evaluation and assessment in pastoral leadership.
Patricia Snell Herzog
Patricia Snell Herzog (Ph.D. University of Notre Dame) is the Melvin Simon Chair and Associate Professor of Philanthropic Studies in the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI. Herzog received her PhD in sociology from the University of Notre Dame, while also Associate Director of the Center for the Study of Religion & Society. Her research interests include charitable giving, youth and emerging adults, and religiosity, and she has authored numerous articles and books, including The Science of Generosity: Manifestations, Causes, and Consequences; American Generosity: Who Gives and Why, and Souls in Transition: The Religious Lives of Emerging Adults in America.
Alexia Torke
Alexia Torke (M.D. Indiana University) is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Associate Division Chief of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, Indiana University School of Medicine. She is a Scientist with the Indiana University Center for Aging Research, Regenstrief Institute and Director of the Evans Center for Religious and Spiritual Values in Healthcare. Dr. Torke’s research focuses on ethical, communication, religious, and spiritual aspects of medical decision making for older adults.
Patricia Wittberg
Patricia Wittberg (Ph.D University of Chicago) is Emeritus Professor at IUPUI. In retirement Dr. Wittberg has taken a part-time position as Research Associate at the Center for Applied Research (CARA) at Georgetown University. This enables her to continue my sociological research and writing on various topics concerning Catholicism. Dr. Wittberg recently published a single-authored book, "Catholic Cultures" (2016 Liturgical Press) and chapters in two edited volumes of CARA research (Oxford University Press). Recently, she was elected President of the Religious Research. Her current research interests are Millennial and Post-Millennial Catholic generations, religious "nones" and Catholic religious orders.
Marianne S. Wokeck
Marianne S. Wokeck (Ph.D Temple University) is Chancellors Professor Emerita of History, former Director of the Institute for American Thought, and past president of the IUPUI Faculty Council. Educated in Germany and the United States, her major research has been in the history of the North Atlantic World with a focus on immigration ethnicity, and identity with special interest in the role of religion. A published author and scholarly editor, she has also collaborated on The Papers of William Penn; Lawmaking and Legislators in Pennsylvania; and The Works of George Santayana.
Valerie Ziegler
Valerie Ziegler (Ph.D. Emory University) teaches in the Religious Studies department at DePauw University. She has written a monograph on antebellum peace activism and a biography of Julia Ward Howe. Her recent work has focused on Genesis 1-3 in American popular culture. "Enticed by Eden" (Baylor, 2013) examined ways in which evangelical Christians use Adam and Eve as models for courtship, online dating, and domestic discipline (wife-spanking) activities. Dr. Ziegler is currently focusing on creation museums (particularly the Ark Encounter) and their referencing of alien abductions.
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