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Faculty




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Fr. Patrick Wanakuta Baraza
Sr. Lecturer of Religious Studies

Gonzaga University
502 E. Boone Ave.
AD Box 057
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: 509-313-6787
Fax: 509-313-5718

Office Location
Robinson House 104

Office Hours
FALL 2014

TBA

baraza@gonzaga.edu

Dr. Patrick Baraza, Lecturer of Religious Studies, is an ordained priest from the diocese of Kitale, Kenya. He has been teaching African Catholicism and Islamic Civilization in the Religious Studies Department at Gonzaga University since 2005. Baraza studied theology at Saint Thomas Aquinas Seminary cum Pontificia Universitas Urbaniana, Rome, Italy (1978-1982). He holds a Bachelor of Divinity (B.Div.) degree (1982), Licentiate (S.T.L.) from Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley (1995) and a doctorate in Theology from the Graduate Theological Union cum University of California Berkeley (2002). His area of specialization: Islamic Studies and African Traditional Religions. Prior to coming to Gonzaga, Baraza taught African studies at Saint Augustine National Seminary at Mabanga, Kenya. He has also taught Comparative Religions at Eastern Washington University, Cheney and Islamic Civilizations at Spokane Community College. Baraza has served as a chaplain at Saint Mary's College of California, Moraga, for six years. He is the author of Rival Claims for the Soul of Africa as well as an upcoming book entitled, Drumming up Dialogue: The Bukusu Model for the World.

 
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Adam Bartholomew
Adjunct Instructor of Religious Studies

Gonzaga University
502 E. Boone Ave.
AD Box 57
Spokane, WA 99258-0057

Phone: 509-313-6770
Fax: 509-313-5718

Office Location
RO 004

Office Hours
FALL 2014

TBA

bartholomewa@gonzaga.edu

Adam Gilbert Leinbach Bartholomew was ordained as a United Church of Christ pastor in 1968 and as an Episcopal priest in 2002.  From 1971 to 2012 he served churches in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and New York.  He received his Ph.D. in New Testament from Union Seminary in New York in 1974. In 1970 he participated in the Seminar for Doctoral Students conducted by Dr. Rudolf Schnackenburg in Wuerzburg, Germany. He has taught as Adjunct Professor of New Testament at Lancaster Seminary in Pennsylvania for 25 years, and also as an adjunct at New York Theological Seminary, United Seminary in Dayton, OH, Penn State University, University of Cincinnati, Loyola Institute for Ministry Extension, General Seminary, and the Mercer School of Theology in Long Island.  He is Co-founder of the Network of Biblical Storytellers, and Biblical storytelling is his passion and central to both his pastoral work and his teaching.  He is author of Pass It On:  Hearing and Telling Stories from John, and co-author with Ronald J. Allen of Preaching Verse By Verse, as well as numerous articles and pamphlets. He is currently writing a commentary on the Fourth Gospel as Oral Performance. He is married to The Rev. Linda Bartholomew, Rector of the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection in Spokane Valley, WA. They have a daughter, Jessica, and granddaughter, Emma, who live in Cincinnati, OH.

 
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Dr. Ardy Bass
Lecturer of Religious Studies

Gonzaga University
502 E. Boone Ave.
AD Box 057
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: 509-313-6785
Fax: 509-313-5718

Office Location
Robinson House 114

Office Hours

FALL 2014

TBA

bassa@gonzaga.edu

Ardy Bass (Ph.D., Marquette) is a Lecturer in Religious Studies at Gonzaga University where she has taught since 2000. Before coming to Gonzaga she taught at Marquette University (Milwaukee, WI), Willamette University (Salem, OR) and Eastern Washington University (Cheney, WA). She teaches Introduction to the New Testament and The Synoptic Gospels. Her dissertation, Composition and Redaction in the Coptic Gospel of Mary, is an analysis of the structure of the text and the compositional strategies used by the redactor. Other areas of interest include archaeology and Classics. She was awarded an Archaeology Research Grant from the Catholic Biblical Association and participated in two dig seasons (1995-96) at Ashkelon, Israel sponsored by Harvard University's Semitic Museum. She occasionally teaches courses in Classical Civilizations, such as Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology and Women in the Classical World. In 2008, she participated in a NEH Summer Seminar at the American Academy in Rome on Identity and Self-Representation in the Subcultures of Ancient Rome. Her current research focuses on images of men and women dressed as Isis on funerary reliefs in the Roman period. In 2010, Dr. Bass participated in Gonzaga Greek Week: Conflict and Controversy in Ancient Greek Comedy, sponsored by Classical Civilizations. She presented a paper on The Desperate Housewives of Aristophanes' Lysistrata: Women and Social Reality in Athens and Sparta. Since 2002, she has co-chaired the Women and Religion section (http://pnwr.wordpress.com/) of the Pacific Northwest Region of the American Academy of Religion, Society of Biblical Literature and American Schools of Oriental Research. She currently serves on the Executive committee as Financial Secretary for this regional organization. Dr. Bass completed a BA in Theology Seattle University and an MA in Religious Studies from Gonzaga University.

 
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Emily Clark

Gonzaga University
502 E. Boone Ave.
AD Box 57
Spokane, WA 99258-0057

Phone: 509-313-6781
Fax: 509-313-5718

Office Location
RO 008

Office Hours

FALL 2014

TBA

clarke2@gonzaga.edu

Dr. Emily Suzanne Clark is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Gonzaga. She specializes in American religious history with a focus on the intersections of religion and race in American history and culture. Dr. Clark received a B.A. in Religious Studies from Austin College, an M.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Missouri, and a Ph.D. in Religion from Florida State University. In addition to American religious history and religion and race, her research and teaching interests include African American religions, American Catholic history, religious material culture, and religion and politics. She has published on the Moorish Science Temple, African American Catholicism, and religion in the U.S. South. Her current book project examines the practice of Spiritualism among Afro-creole men in nineteenth-century New Orleans and shows how they envisioned the proper social, political, and religious ordering of the material world through their communication with a spirit world. She also serves as the associate editor for the Journal of Southern Religion

 
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Dr. John Downey

Professor of Religious Studies

Gonzaga University
502 E. Boone Ave.
AD Box 057
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: 509-313-6780
Fax: 509-313-5718

Office Location
Robinson House 110

Office Hours

FALL 2014

TBA

downey@gonzaga.edu

John K. Downey (Ph.D., Marquette) is Professor of Religious Studies (Foundational Theology & Political Theology) at Gonzaga University where he has taught for 20 years. Before coming to Gonzaga he taught in the Program in Religious Studies at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. He also served as Director of Education and Staff Theologian at the University of Illinois Newman Foundation. Other faculty appointments include Spokane Falls Community College, Mount Mary College, Cardinal Stritch College, and Marquette. Special interests: foundational theology and method, political theology, higher education and pedagogy, linguistic philosophy, human rights, interdisciplinary dialogue, liberation theologies, Francis of Assisi, Wittgenstein, Lonergan, Tracy, Metz.

 
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Dr. Shannon Dunn
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

Gonzaga University
502 E. Boone Ave.
AD Box 057
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: 509-313-3625
Fax: 509-313-5718

Office Location
Robinson House 103

Office Hours

FALL 2014

MWF 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
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dunns@gonzaga.edu

Dr. Shannon Dunn is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Gonzaga. Shannon received her M.A. degree from Claremont School of Theology prior to completing her doctoral degree at Florida State University in 2012. Her areas of focus include comparative Islamic and Christian ethics, gender and religion, as well as uses of violence in religious discourses. Her dissertation examined contemporary Islamic arguments about domestic violence and justice in relation to Western feminist claims about gender justice, and she continues to research in this area. Additionally, she is working on a project that addresses the revival of conceptions of virtue in Christian theological ethics. Shannon is an active member in the Society of Christian Ethics and the Society for the Study of Muslim Ethics.

 
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Kathy Finley
Adjunct Instructor of Religious Studies

Gonzaga University
502 E. Boone Ave.
AD Box 57
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: 509-313-6770
Fax: 509-313-5718

Office Location
Robinson House 004

Office Hours
FALL 2014

TBA

finley@gonzaga.edu

 
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Dr. Elizabeth Goldstein
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

Gonzaga University
502 E. Boone Ave.
AD Box 057
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: 509-313-6788
Fax: 509-313-5718

Office Location
Robinson House 010

Office Hours

FALL 2014

TBA

goldstein@gonzaga.edu

Elizabeth W. Goldstein (Ph.D. University of California, San Diego, 2010) is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies. She specializes in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament and Jewish Studies. She received her rabbinical ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York in 2001. She is a member of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the Society of Biblical Literature, and the Association for Jewish Studies. Her dissertation is titled, "Impurity and Gender in the Hebrew Bible: Ideological Intersections in the Books of Leviticus, Ezekiel and Ezra" and she is currently working on its publication. She has published articles on the Book of Leviticus and gender in Embroidered Garments (Sheffield Phoenix, 2009, Ed. Deborah Rooke) and Jewish Blood: Metaphor and Reality in Jewish Torah: A Women's Commentary (Union of Reform Judaism Press, 2008, Eds. Tamara Eskenazi and Andrea Weiss). She has also served as the Book Review Editor of the CCAR Journal. Rabbi Goldstein has taught in many segments of the Jewish Community and in interfaith contexts. She has taught at the University of CA San Diego and at San Diego State University. Dr. Goldstein has been involved in interfaith work, dialogue and scriptural study. She initiated a pilot program between an Episcopal parish and a Jewish congregation in Poway, CA entitled, "Opening the Book: Jews and Christians Studying Scripture Together."

 
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Fr. Patrick Hartin
Professor of Religious Studies

Gonzaga University
502 E. Boone Ave.
AD Box 057
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: 509-313-6789
Fax: 509-313-5718

Office Location
Robinson House 105

Office Hours

FALL 2014

TBA

hartin@gonzaga.edu

Dr. Patrick Hartin, Professor of Religious Studies, is an ordained priest, previously of the Diocese of Johannesburg, South Africa and now of the Diocese of Spokane, Washington. He has been teaching New Testament Studies in the Religious Studies Department at Gonzaga University since 1995. Chair of the Classical Civilizations Department from 2002 through 2007, Patrick continues to teach classes for the Classical Civilization Department. Patrick studied theology at the Gregorian University in Rome (1967-1971). Born in South Africa, Patrick holds two doctorates in Theology from the University of South Africa (Pretoria) in Ethics (1981) and in New Testament (1988). His area of specialization is in the Letter of James as well as the traditions behind the Gospels, particularly the Sayings Gospel Q. He is currently co-convener of the Social-Sciences and New Testament Interpretation Task Force of the Catholic Biblical Association. Prior to coming to Gonzaga, Patrick taught New Testament at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, and the University of South Africa, Pretoria. He was also chaplain to the Catholic Community at the Claremont Colleges, California. Author of twelve books, among which are his commentary James in the Sacra Pagina Series 14 (2003) and his most recent work Apollos: Paul's Partner or Rival? (2009) both published by Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press.

 
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Dr. Robert Hauck
Associate Professor of Religious Studies/Department Chair

Gonzaga University
502 E. Boone Ave.
AD Box 057
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: 509-313-6777
Fax: 509-313-5718

Office Location
Robinson House 012

Office Hours

FALL 2014

TBA

hauck@gonzaga.edu

Dr. Robert Hauck, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, has a B.A. in history from Seattle Pacific University, an M.A. in Church History from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and Ph.D. in history of Christianity from Duke University. He is the author of a book and several articles and papers on early Christianity, and is working on a project on the ways Christian apologists of the second and third centuries formulated notions of salvation in relation to Hellenistic philosophy and culture. He has taught at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, the University of Virginia, the University of Oregon, and taught for ten years at Converse College in South Carolina, where he was R.L. Maclellan Professor of Religion and chair of the Department of Religion and Philosophy. Prior to coming to Gonzaga, he was Dean of Liberal Arts at Spokane Community College. A native of the Seattle area, he is married and has two children.

 
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April Hughes

Gonzaga University
502 E. Boone Ave.
Ad Box 57
Spokane, WA 99258-0057

Phone: 509-313-6749
Fax: 509-313-5718

Office Location
RO 003

Office Hours

FALL 2014

TBA

hughesa@gonzaga.edu

April D. Hughes is an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies.  She received a Ph.D. in Religion from Princeton University in 2014.  She has a Master’s in Asian Studies from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master’s in East Asian Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles.  Her research focuses on situating medieval Chinese religion within the broader context of society, particularly with the inclusion of visual images.  She is especially interested in medieval Chinese Buddhist manuscripts discovered in Dunhuang (northwest China).  Her current project centers on apocalyptic eschatology related to Maitreya Buddha and Prince Moonlight from roughly the fourth to the eighth centuries.  Her teaching interests include Buddhism, Daoism, East Asian religions, the Silk Road, apocalypticism, and Approaches to the Study of Religion.

 
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Dr. Karin Heller
Adjunct Instructor of Religious Studies

Gonzaga University
502 E. Boone Ave.
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: 509-313-3609
Fax: 509-313-5718

Office Location
Robinson House 004

Office Hours

FALL 2014

TBA

heller@gonzaga.edu

Karin Heller, a native Austrian, French and U.S. citizen, is a Catholic theologian. She obtained her first doctoral degree in theology with specialisation in studies on marriage and the family at the Lateran University, Rome. She also holds a doctoral degree in History of Religions and Religious Anthropology from the Sorbonne University, Paris. In 2000, she obtained a Habilitation in dogmatic theology at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich, Germany. In 2003 she joined Whitworth University. Today Professor of Theology, she was selected Most Influential Female Professor by the 2007 Senior class and received the 2009 Whitworth Award for Outstanding Integration of Vocation in the Classroom.

Her publications relate to dogmatic and biblical theology, Christian spirituality and ecumenism with particular emphasis on Women and Genders. Her last publications include articles such as Oliver Messiaen
the Theologian, edited by Andrew Shenton, Boston University (Ashgate, 2010) and "La Ordenacion de las Mujeres a Prueba de una Thologia del Agape en Las Iglesias Protestantes de Los Estados Unidos," in Selecciones de Teologia, Faculty of Theology of the University of Cataluna, selected as best internation article in theology (2011). Her presentations include "Sex, Love and the Absence of Death. A Theological Reading of Genesis 1-3," Conference on "Genesis and Christian Theology," organized by the University of St. Andrews, UK, (2009) Catholique des Baptise-e-s francophones, Paris 2012.

 
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Fr. Steve Kuder. S.J.
Associate Professor of Religious Studies

Gonzaga University
502 E. Boone Ave.
AD Box 057
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: 509-313-6778
Fax: 509-313-5718

Office Location
Robinson House 015

Office Hours

FALL 2014

TBA

kuder@gonzaga.edu

Steve Kuder, S.J., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies and Rector of Gonzaga University's Jesuit Community. His area of specialization is religion and literature with an emphasis in biblical literature. He also teaches homiletics, Christian leadership, and - in the MA program in Organizational Leadership - leadership and imagination. Fr. Kuder took his Bachelor's degree from Gonzaga University where he majored in classics, English, and philosophy. He received a Master's degree in English Literature from Boston College. Fr. Kuder received his Ph.D. from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA. His dissertation was titled "The Literature of Conversion: Religious Background and Literary Achievement in Dante Alighieri, John Bunyan, and James Joyce."

 
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Dr. Ron Large
Professor of Religious Studies
Associate Academic Vice President

Gonzaga University
502 E. Boone Ave.
AD Box 099
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: 509-313-6767
Fax: 509-313-5718

Office Location
College Hall 232

Office Hours

FALL 2014

By Appointment

large@gonzaga.edu

Dr. Ron Large is Associate Academic Vice President and Professor of Religious Studies. His area of specialization is Christian Ethics with an emphasis on Christian Social Ethics and peace studies. Dr. Large took his Bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia where he majored in Religious Studies. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. His M.Div. thesis examined violence and nonviolence as methods of social change. Dr. Large received his doctorate from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA. His dissertation was on the connection between virtue and social change in the thought of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mohandas Gandhi. He teaches classes in Nonviolence, Christian Morality, Death and Dying, Sexual Morality, Religion and Film, and the Vietnam War. For the academic year 2000-2001, he was named Teacher of the Year at Gonzaga University. In the summer of 2006, Dr. Large was invited to attend a week long seminar on Global Peace and Security at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington DC. Dr. Large received a Fulbright Scholar Award in the Fall of 2009. He taught in the International Peace Studies Program at the Irish School of Ecumenics in Trinity College Dublin. He received Gonzaga University's Exemplary Faculty Award for 2009-2010.

 
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Dr. Patrick McCormick
Professor of Religious Studies

Gonzaga University
502 E. Boone Ave.
AD Box 057
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: 509-313-6715
Fax: 509-313-5718

Office Location
Robinson House 016

Office Hours

FALL 2014

TBA

mccormick@calvin.gonzaga.edu

Dr. Patrick McCormick, Professor of Religious Studies, earned his Masters of Divinity and Theology from Mary Immaculate Seminary in Northampton, PA. He completed his Licentiate and doctorate in Theology at the Gregorian University in Rome. Professor McCormick teaches courses in Christian Ethics, Medical Ethics, and Catholic Social Teachings and speaks, writes and directs retreats on issues of social justice. He is the author of Sin as Addiction, and A Banqueter's Guide to the All Night Soup Kitchen of the Kingdom of God, and the co-author of Character, Choices & Community: The Three Faces of Christian Ethics and Facing Ethical Issues: Dimensions of Character, choice and Community. He has also published over thirty chapters and essays on Christian Ethics and Catholic Social Teachings and has written a monthly column on Christianity and Culture for U.S. Catholic since 1994.

 
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Dr. Kevin B. McCruden
Associate Professor of Religious Studies

Gonzaga University
502 E. Boone Ave.
AD Box 057
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: 509-313-5980
Fax: 509-313-5718

Office Location
Robinson House 109

Office Hours

FALL 2014

M/W/F 11:00-12:00 & T/TR 3:00-4:00

mccruden@gonzaga.edu

Dr. Kevin B. McCruden is Associate Professor of Religious Studies and specializes in the area of New Testament Interpretation and Criticism. Prior to his doctoral work at Loyola University Chicago, Dr. McCruden received both the M.Div and S.T.M. degree from Yale Divinity School.  Dr. McCruden's research interests focus on the epistolary literature of the New Testament, in particular, the Epistle to the Hebrews and the correspondence of Paul.  A recipient of the Catholic Biblical Association postdoctoral fellowship for 2003/04, he has since published essays and journal articles in such venues as the Blackwell Companion to the New Testament, The Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Biblica, and Biblical Research.  He is the author of Solidarity Perfected: Beneficent Christology in the Epistle to the Hebrews. BZNW159 (Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2008) and co-editor (with Eric F. Mason) of Reading the Epistle to the Hebrews: A Resource for Students (Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2011).  His most recent book is entitled: A Body You Have Prepared for Me: The Spirituality of the Letter  to the Hebrews (Collegeville, Minn.: Liturgical Press, 2013).  For the 2013-2014 academic year Dr. McCruden received a Gonzaga University Exemplary Faculty Award.

 
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Dr. Terri McKenzie
Adjunct Instructor of Religious Studies

Gonzaga University
502 E. Boone Ave.
AD Box 057
Spokane, WA 99205

Phone: 509-313-6798
Fax: 509-313-5718

Office Location
Robinson House 011

Office Hours

FALL 2014

TBA

mckenziet@gonzaga.edu

Terri Monaghan McKenzie earned her MA in Religious Studies and her Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership at Gonzaga University. She has almost 25 years' experience in youth ministry, Religious Education and pastoral ministry. She served for seven years as director of Gonzaga's Religious Studies Sabbatical programs (Focus and CREDO) as well as administrated GU's Pastoral Ministries Program for the Diocese of Spokane; Baker, OR; Anchorage, AK; and Juneau, AK. She is the author of several sacramental preparation programs. She currently serves as the Vice President of Student & Instructional Services at Spokane Community College

 
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Dr. Joy Milos
Professor of Religious Studies

Gonzaga University
502 E. Boone Ave.
AD Box 057
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: 509-313-6714
Fax: 509-313-5718

Office Location
Robinson House 116

Office Hours

FALL 2014

TBA

milos@gonzaga.edu

Dr. Joy Milos, CSJ is presently Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Gonzaga. She is a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet from the Albany, NY Province. She received her Ph.D from the Catholic University of American in Christian Spirituality. She has taught a wide range of courses in spirituality Christology, women and Christian spirituality, spiritual direction and comparative Christianity. Joy has published a number of articles, chapters and book reviews in such journals as The Way, Commonweal, Living Light, Sewanee Theological Review and Spirituality. Her most recent articles have been about the spirituality of Dorothy L. Sayers and Dr. A. Maude Royden. Joy has also directed retreats in various locations around the country, Canada, England and Ireland. In addition to her academic background, she is committed to an integration of spirituality and social justice, especially around issues related to adequate housing and women's concerns. She has taken numerous groups of Gonzaga students on Habitat for Humanity Global Village experiences to rural central Mexico.

 
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Dr. Joseph Mudd
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies/Graduate Program Co-Director

Gonzaga University
502 E. Boone Ave.
AD Box 057
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: 509-313-6799
Fax: 509-313-5718

Office Location
Robinson House 013

Office Hours

FALL 2014

TBA

mudd@gonzaga.edu

Dr. Joseph Mudd joined Gonzaga's faculty in 2010 as Assistant Professor in Religious Studies. Joe holds a Ph.D. from Boston College and a Masters of Divinity from Harvard University. A native of Montana, Joe received a B.A. in Religious Studies from The University of Montana where he also worked in campus ministry.  His primary area of expertise is sacramental/liturgical theology. His dissertation, "Eucharist and Critical Metaphysics: A Response to Louis-Marie Chauvet's Symbol and Sacrament drawing on the works of Bernard Lonergan," explores the controversial place of metaphysics in classical and contemporary Eucharistic theologies. His other areas of interest include the philosophy and theology of Bernard Lonegran, S.J., Thomas Aquinas, political and liberation theologies, and spirituality. Before coming to Gonzaga Joe taught at Boston College, The College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, MA) and Sacred Heart University (Fairfield, CT).

 
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Vanessa Mudd
Adjunct Instructor of Religious Studies

Gonzaga University
502 E. Boone Ave.
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: 509-313-6798
Fax: 509-313-5718

Office Location
Robinson House 011

Office Hours

FALL 2014

TBA

muddv@gonzaga.edu

Vanessa Sibley Mudd joined Gonzaga's faculty in 2012. Vanessa holds a Masters in Religious Studies from Harvard University and a B.A. from Colby College in Maine where she was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa society. Vanessa has published two books focused on age appropriate methods of teaching religious studies curriculum. Before moving to the west coast, Vanessa taught at Boston College High School (Boston, MA) and the Belmont Hill School (Belmont, MA)..

 
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Dr. Matthew Rindge

Associate Professor of Religious Studies

Gonzaga University
502 E. Boone Ave.
AD Box 057
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: 509-313-6779
Fax: 509-313-5718

Office Location
Robinson House 115

Office Hours

FALL 2014

TBA

rindge@gonzaga.edu

Matthew S. Rindge (Ph.D., Emory University) joined the Religious Studies faculty in 2008, after teaching at Emory University, Columbia Theological Seminary, and in six Asian, Latin American, and European countries. At GU he teaches "Bible and Film," "Bible and Ethics," and "Life and Teachings of Jesus." He is the author of Jesus' Parable of the Rich Fool: Luke 12:13-34 among Ancient Conversations on Death and Possessions (SBL, 2011), and has published articles on diverse topics (Lament and Divine Abandonment in Mark; Jewish Identity under Foreign Empires; Mark's Gospel and Social Outcasts; Teaching the Bible and Film; Death and Money in Ecclesiastes) in Journal of Biblical Literature, Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Teaching Theology and Religion, and Journal of Lutheran Ethics. He has written several articles and chapters for edited collections (such as Bible and Cinema), and his essays on Religion and Culture have appeared in Sojourners, The Huffington Post, Religion News Service, and The Washington Post. He is currently writing Cinematic Parables: Subverting the Religion of the American Dream (Baylor University Press) and co-writing A History of Biblical Interpretation to 1835 (Westminster John Knox). In the Society of Biblical Literature, he chairs the Bible and Film section and serves on the steering committee for the Bible and Popular Culture section. In 2011, Dr. Rindge received the Paul J. Achtemeier Award in New Testament Scholarship, and in 2012 he was honored with a Gonzaga University Exemplary Faculty Award. Previous education includes Fuller Theological Seminary (M.Div.), University of Notre Dame (M.A.), and U.C. Santa Barbara (B.A.).  

 
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Dr. Linda Schearing
Professor of Religious Studies

Gonzaga University
502 E. Boone Ave.
AD Box 057
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: 509-313-6797
Fax: 509-313-5718

Office Location
Robinson House 014

Office Hours

FALL 2014

TBA

schearing@gonzaga.edu

Dr. Linda S. Schearing is Professor of Hebrew Scriptures at Gonzaga University, where she has taught since 1993.  Before coming to Gonzaga she taught at Luther College (Decorah, IA), Rhodes College (Memphis, TN), and Emory University (Atlanta, GA). She has co-authored two books, Eve & Adam:  Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Readings on Genesis and Gender (Indiana University Press, 1999) and Those Elusive Deuteronomists: The Phenomenon of Pan-Dueteronomism (JSOT, 268; 1999), authored several articles, and has been a contributing writer for the Anchor Bible Dictionary, Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible,  The New Interpreters Bible Dictionary,  and to Women in Scripture: A Dictionary of Named and Unnamed Women in the Hebrew Bible, The apocryphal/Deuterocanoncial Books and the New Testament. In addition to these publication activities, she has served as a consultant for various presses as well as a speaker in both local and national venues.  Her research interests are Hebrew Scriptures, Biblical Interpretation, the Bible and popular cultures, and women’s studies.

 
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Dr. John Sheveland

Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Director of Undergraduate Majors

Gonzaga University
502 E. Boone Ave.
AD Box 057
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: 509-313-6784
Fax: 509-313-5718

Office Location
Robinson House 009

Office Hours

FALL 2014

TBA

sheveland@gonzaga.edu

Dr. John Sheveland teaches courses on interreligious dialogue and comparative theology, Christian theology, and the religions of India. He received his M.A.R. in Christian theology from Yale Divinity School in 1999 and Ph.D. in systematic and comparative theology from Boston College in 2006. His research interests include theological anthropology, comparative theology dealing with Hindu and Buddhist traditions, and comparative theological responses to religious violence. On campus he organizes the annual lecture series entitled Being Religious Interreligiously; please see the department website for more information including YouTube video links for these lectures. John has contributed essays to several books and journals including Studies in Interreligious Dialogue, The Expository Times, Louvain Studies, The Way, Vidyajyoti Journal of Theological Reflection, Christian Century, and Religious Studies Review, for which he is the comparative theology network editor. He is author of the book Piety and Responsibility: Patterns of Unity in Karl Rahner, Karl Barth, and Vedanta Desika (Ashgate, 2011), and is a member of the Catholic Theological Society of America, the American Academy of Religion, and the College Theology Society, for which he convened the world's religions section (now 'Comparative Theology') for several years. 

 
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Dr. Cate Siejk
Professor of Religious Studies

Gonzaga University
502 E. Boone Ave.
AD Box 057
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: 509-313-6776
Fax: 509-313-5718

Office Location
Robinson House 112

Office Hours

FALL 2014

TBA

siejk@gonzaga.edu
swlcp@aol.com

Dr. Cate Siejk, Professor of Religious Studies, received her Ph.D. in Theology and Education from Boston College in 1992. She began teaching at Gonzaga in fall, 1991 and regularly teaches courses in Feminist Christian Doctrine, Feminist Theologies, and Spirituality and the Adult Life Cycle. Dr. Siejk's research interests are in epistemology, feminist theory, and feminist theologies. She co-directs the Graduate Program in the Religious Studies Department and is a faculty member in the Women's and Gender Studies Program.

 
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Dr. Scott Starbuck

Lecturer of Religious Studies

Gonzaga University
502 E. Boone Ave.
AD Box 057
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: 509-216-3602
Fax: 509-313-5718

Office Location
Robinson House 111

Office Hours

FALL 2014

TBA

starbuck@gonzaga.edu

Dr. Scott Starbuck, Lecturer of Religious Studies, earned his Ph.D. in Old Testament/Ancient Near Eastern Studies from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1996. Scott began teaching at Gonzaga in 2002. He is the author of Court Oracles in the Psalms: The So-Called Royal Psalms in their Ancient Near Eastern Context and co-contributor to the Graphic Concordance to the Dead Sea Scrolls. Specializing in biblical theology and hermeneutics, he regularly publishes articles and delivers scholarly papers.  Most recently, Scott was a contributing writer to the Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception and The Timeless Psalms Project. Currently, he is writing a biblical theology monograph on Jesus’ self-understanding as messiah. His wider research interests include Hebrew syntax in the Book of Judges, Psalms and worship, the development of Israelite religion, biblical theology, cross-religious dialogue, and the psychology of religion. Scott was ordained in 1990 by the Presbyterian Church (USA) and continues to serve as the Teaching Elder of Manito Presbyterian Church.

 
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Bud Thompson
Sr. Lecturer of Religious Studies

Gonzaga University
502 E. Boone Ave.
AD Box 057
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: 509-313-6713
Fax: 509-313-5718

Office Location
Robinson House 002

Office Hours

FALL 2014

TBA

thompsonv@gonzaga.edu

Prof. Thompson teaches New Testament. He received his degree (ThM) from Princeton Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey in 1977. He has taught at Gonzaga since 1988. Prior to that he served as a parish pastor to congregations of the Lutheran Church for 33 years. He also serves as managing Editor for the scholarly journal, Lutheran Quarterly, a position he has held since 1987. Among his publications are "Preaching the Justification of Zacchaeus" (Lutheran Quarterly 23:4); "The Bible in theological Formation" (The Pastor Theologian); "Something You Should Know" (By What Authority); "The Spirit and Contemporary Spirituality" (Loving God With Our Minds); "Things Above Us Do Not concern Us" (Hope for the Future). He has edited a number of volumes, among them Luther's Understanding of Justification by J. Iwand. He also writes a contemporary column on the basics of Christian faith for the by-monthly magazine, Connections.

 
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Dr. Anastasia Wendlinder
Associate Professor of Religious Studies/Graduate Program Co-Director

Gonzaga University
502 E. Boone Ave.
AD Box 057
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: 509-313-6786
Fax: 509-313-5718

Office Location
Robinson House 006

Office Hours

FALL 2014

TBA

wendlinder@gonzaga.edu

Dr. Anastasia Wendlinder is Associate Professor in the Religious Studies Department at Gonzaga University. She also serves as Co-Director of the Graduate Program. Dr. Wendlinder received her Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from the University of Notre Dame in 2004, where she wrote her dissertation on Thomas Aquinas and Meister Eckhart and served as Visiting Assistant Professor in the Theology Department. Anastasia received her M.A. in Systematic and Philosophical Theology from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California in 1993 and her B.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1987 with a double major in Psychology and Sociology. Besides her concentration in systematic theology, Anastasia’s areas of expertise include sacramental and liturgical theology, the Second Vatican Council, inter-Christian relations and issues of social justice. Anastasia is a member of the College Theology Society, the Catholic Theological Society of America and the American Academy of Religion.

 

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