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 99258-0057

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

Office Location
Robinson House 104

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

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. While teaching at Gonzaga he has been developing a manuscript for his course on the Gospels entitled Healing All Creation: Jesus, Genesis, and the Gospel according to Mark. He is married to The Rev. Linda Bartholomew, Rector of the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection in Spokane Valley, WA. Their daughter, Jessica, husband FJ Crane, and two daughters, Emma Lee and Jane Isabella, 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

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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Dr. Emily Clark

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

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
Monday 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Wednesday 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Thursday 1:30-3:30 p.m.

clarke2@gonzaga.edu

Dr. Emily Suzanne Clark specializes in American religious history with a focus on the intersections of religion and race in American history and culture. She received a B.A. from Austin College, her 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, Native American religions, and religion and politics. Her first book, A Luminous Brotherhood: Afro-Creole Spiritualism in Nineteenth-Century New Orleans (University of North Carolina Press, 2016), explores the racial and religious politics of talking to the dead. She is the co-director the Gonzaga Digital Humanities Initiative and also serves as Associate Editor for the Journal of Southern Religion. She was also recently selected as a fellow in the Young Scholars in American Religion program at the Center for Religion and American Culture for 2016-2017.

When not teaching, reading, or researching, she can be found hiking and running about the area and playing soccer in the local adult league. Except for right nowshe obliterated her left achilles tendon during an indoor soccer game but is slowly getting back in the game. 

 
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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
Monday 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Tuesday 1:00-3:00 p.m

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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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

goldstein@gonzaga.edu

Rabbi Elizabeth W. Goldstein (Ph.D. University of California, San Diego, 2010) is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies. She specializes in Hebrew Bible and Jewish Studies. She received her rabbinical ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York in 2001 and is a member of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the Society of Biblical Literature, and the Association for Jewish Studies. Her book, Impurity and Gender in the Hebrew Bible, was published in 2015 and she is currently working on a new book project with the working title, Becoming Pure: A Jewish Theology for the 21st Century. She has published articles on the priestly writing and gender in Embroidered Garments (Sheffield Phoenix, 2009, Ed. Deborah Rooke) and Jewish Blood: Reality and Metaphor in Jewish History, Religion and Culture (Routledge, 2009, Ed. Mitchell Hart) as well as contributing to the central commentaries of The Torah: A Women's Commentary (Union of Reform Judaism Press, 2008, Eds. Tamara Eskenazi and Andrea Weiss). Goldstein has also served as the Book Review Editor of the CCAR Journal and has taught in a variety of Jewish communal and interfaith contexts.  Before coming to Gonzaga in 2010, Goldstein taught at the University of CA San Diego and at San Diego State University.  Presently, she also serves as the spiritual leader of the Jewish Community of the Palouse and works part time in the Spokane Jewish communities.

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

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
Monday 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Tuesday 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Wednesday 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Thursday 2:30-3:30 p.m.

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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Dr. Karin Heller
Adjunct Instructor of Religious Studies

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

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

Office Location
Robinson House 002

Office Hours

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 specialization 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-Universität 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 and teaching activities relate to dogmatic and biblical theology, Christian spirituality and ecumenism with particular emphasis on Women and Gender. Once a year Karin Heller gives a regular lecture series on “Bible and Gender” at the University of Besançon/France.

In 2014 she was one of the twelve international theologians invited to take part in a study seminar organized by the Lateran University in preparation of the Extraordinary Synod on Marriage and the Family, convened by Pope Francis. Her contribution entitled “Misunderstanding of Tolerance and the Path of Mercy” is published in Italian in: Misericordia e Verità  Pastorale, a cura di Juan-José Pérez-Soba, Edizioni Cantagalli, Siena, 2014, 157-178. An English version is available at: http://digitalcommons.whitworth.edu/theologyfaculty/.

On October 3, 2015, she gave the keynote address for “A Teresian Festivity. 500th Birthday of Teresa of Avila”, organized by Gonzaga University. Her contribution is entitled “Teresa of Avila (1515-2015): A Woman between the Roman Catholic Church’s Crossfire and Exaltation” and available at http://digitalcommons.whitworth.edu/theologyfaculty/. A French version of this article is available at: http://digitalcommons.whitworth.edu/theologyfaculty/3/.

Her most recent publication is a contribution entitled “L’Onction de Béthanie ou la Femme oubliée” (The Anointing at Bethany or the Forgotten Woman) to the three volumes encyclopedia on “Jesus”, directed by Joseph Doré (former archbishop of Strasbourg), coordinated by Christine Pedotti, Editions Albin Michel (chief editor: Jean Mouttapa), Paris, 2017.

This spring Karin Heller was invited to give a presentation at the College Theology Society Conference on Full, Conscious and Active Lay Participation in the Church’s Dialogue with the World, Rome, July 6-9, 2016. Her contribution is entitled “Between Creation and Redemption of our Bodies: Three Christian-Theological Models of Sex, Sexuality, and Gender in dialogue with contemporary culture” and deals with the anthropological models of Irenaeus, Elizabeth Johnson and Pope Francis.

 
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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

kuder@gonzaga.edu

Steve Kuder, S.J., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies. His area of specialization is religion and literature with an emphasis in biblical literature. He also teaches homiletics, Christian leadership, and a First-Year Seminar in Jesuit Education.  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 and 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."

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, A Banqueter's Guide to the All Night Soup Kitchen of the Kingdom of God, and God’s Beauty: A Call to Justice, 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.

 
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Dr. Kevin B. McCruden
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
Tuesday/Thursday 9:30-Noon and by appointment.

Kevin B. McCruden (Ph.D. in Theology from Loyola University Chicago (2002); S.T.M (1995), M.Div. (1994) Yale University Divinity School; B.A. New York University (1990) joined the faculty of the Religious Studies department in 2003. He is currently Professor of Religious Studies and specializes in the area of New Testament interpretation and criticism. His research and teaching interests focus on the epistolary literature of the New Testament, in particular, the Epistle to the Hebrews and the Letters of Paul. Selected publications include: Solidarity Perfected: Beneficent Christology in the Epistle to the Hebrews. BZNW 159 (Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2008); Reading the Epistle to the Hebrews: A Resource for Students. SBLRBS 66. Co-Edited with Eric F. Mason (Atlanta/Leiden: Society of Biblical Literature/Brill, 2011); A Body You have Prepared for Me: The Spirituality of the Letter to the Hebrews (Collegeville: MN: Liturgical Press, 2013).  He is currently writing a book length treatment on the connection between religious experience and common life in the four Gospels and letters of Paul.  A member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas, and the Catholic Biblical Association, he is currently co-convener of the Epistle to the Hebrews Continuing Seminar of the Catholic Biblical Association. 

 
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Dr. Terri McKenzie
Lecturer 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

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 served as the Vice President of Student & Instructional Services at Spokane Community College from 1999-2013. She is the author of several sacramental preparation programs.

 
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Dr. Joy Milos
Professor of Religious Studies
Senior Faculty Adviser for Life/Career Reflection

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
Wednesday by appointment.
Thursday by appointment.
Friday by appointment.

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
Associate Professor of Religious Studies/Co-director of Graduate Program/Co-director of Theology Institute for High School Youth

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

mudd@gonzaga.edu

Joseph Mudd is Associate Professor of Religious Studies. Joe holds a Ph.D. from Boston College and a Masters of Divinity from Harvard University. A native of Montana, he received a B.A. in Religious Studies from The University of Montana where he also worked in campus ministry. His area of expertise is systematic theology with an emphasis in sacramental/liturgical theology. Joe is the author of Eucharist as Meaning: Critical Metaphysics and Contemporary Eucharistic Theology (Liturgical Press, 2014). Other areas of interest include the philosophy and theology of Bernard Lonergran, S.J., Thomas Aquinas, political and liberation theologies, and Christian spirituality. Before coming to Gonzaga Joe taught at Boston College, The College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, MA) and Sacred Heart University (Fairfield, CT). Joe also co-directs the graduate program in Religious Studies and the Francis Youth Institute.

 
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Fr. Joseph Nguyen, S.J.
Lecturer

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

Phone: 509-313-5883
Fax: 509-313-5718

Office Location
Robinson House 007

Office Hours
Monday 9:30-11:00 a.m.
Wednesday 9:30-11:00 a.m.
Friday 9:30-11:00 a.m.

nguyen@gonzaga.edu

Joseph Nguyen, S.J. is a lecturer in the Department of Religious Studies. Fr. Nguyen is a Jesuit priest of the Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus. He received a Bachelor's and a Master's degrees in philosophy from Saint Louis University, a Master of Divinity and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, and a Doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University. His area of specialization is systematic theology and Christian spirituality with an emphasis on early Church spirituality and Ignatian spirituality.

 
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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


rindge@gonzaga.edu

Matthew S. Rindge joined the Religious Studies faculty in 2008. He has also taught 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 two books - Jesus' Parable of the Rich Fool: Luke 12:13-34 among Ancient Conversations on Death and Possessions (SBL, 2011) and Profane Parables: Film and the American Dream (Baylor University Press, 2016). His articles on diverse topics (Luke's Parables; 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) have appeared in Journal of Biblical Literature, Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Teaching Theology and Religion, Journal of Lutheran Ethics, and Interpretation. He has many essays in edited books (Bible and Cinema, The Bible in Motion), and has written on Religion and Culture for Sojourners, Religion News Service, and The Washington Post. 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. Dr. Rindge has been honored with SBL's Paul J. Achtemeier Award in New Testament Scholarship (2011), and a Gonzaga University Exemplary Faculty Award (2012).

 
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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

schearing@gonzaga.edu

Dr. Linda S. Schearing is Professor of Hebrew Bible 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 three books, Enticed by Eden (Baylor University Press 2013), 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 Gender Studies.

 
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Dr. John Sheveland

Associate Professor; 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

sheveland@gonzaga.edu

Dr. John Sheveland, Associate Professor, teaches courses on religion and violence, interreligious dialogue, the religions of India, and Christian theology. 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; details and a YouTube playlist are stored on the department website. He has contributed articles to a variety of journals and books, and is author of the book Piety and Responsibility: Patterns of Unity in Karl Rahner, Karl Barth, and Vedanta Desika (Ashgate, 2011). He serves on the board of directors of the Society of Buddhist-Christian Studies and on the steering committee of the Interreligious and Interfatih Studies Group of the American Academy of Religion.

 
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Dr. R. Brian Siebeking
Assistant Professor

Gonzaga University
502 E. Boone Ave.
AD Box 057
Spokane, WA 99258-0057

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

Office Location
Robinson House 105

Office Hours

siebeking@gonzaga.edu

R. Brian Siebeking (PhD, University of Virginia, expected 2016) specializes in Islamic history and thought with a focus on the classical and medieval period. His current research explores the formative role of stories and storytelling in Muslim tradition. In addition to his dissertation on the Islamic tales of the prophets, he is preparing a manuscript on the Muslim accounts of the legend of St. George. Brian’s other research and teaching interests include the Quran, Sufism, Islamic theology and ethics, Christian-Muslim relations, and minority religious traditions in the Middle East. Prior to coming to Gonzaga, he taught courses on “Classical Islam,” “Islam in the Modern Age,” “Sufism: Islamic Mysticism,” and “Islamic Theology” at the University of Virginia. He also holds an MA in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia (2013) and MA in Arab Studies from Georgetown University (2008). Brian joined the faculty in 2016.

 
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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
Tuesday 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Wednesday 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Thursday 1:00-2:00 p.m.

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 and Feminist Theologies. Dr. Siejk's research interests are in epistemology, feminist theory, and feminist theologies. She is also 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
Monday 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Wednesday 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Friday 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

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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Dr. Kevin Vander Schel
Assistant Professor

Gonzaga University
502 E. Boone Ave.
AD Box 057
Spokane, WA 99258-0057

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

Office Location
Robinson House 003

Office Hours
Tuesday 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Wednesday 10:00-11:00 a.m.
R 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

vanderschel@gonzaga.edu

Dr. Kevin Vander Schel is an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Gonzaga. He received his Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Boston College in 2012, having also undertaken doctoral research as a Fulbright fellow at Humboldt-Universität in Berlin. Prior to his arrival at Gonzaga, he taught courses in theology, Christian ethics, and philosophy at Villanova University and the University of Houston. His research focuses on fundamental theology and ecumenical theology, and he is particularly interested in questions of theological anthropology and theological hermeneutics, modern and contemporary political theology, theologies of sin and grace, and Christian ethics. His recent book Embedded Grace: Christ, History, and the Reign of God in Schleiermacher’s Dogmatics (Fortress Press, 2013) examines the novel coordination of grace and history in Friedrich Schleiermacher’s Christian Faith and lectures on Christian ethics. He has also contributed essays on modern theology and Christian ethics to a variety of journals, edited volumes, and encyclopedias. Currently, he is at work on further articles concerning grace and the supernatural, and is also engaged in research into the emerging social and political understandings of sin. 

 
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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

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.