Faculty & Staff
Professor of Religion, Chair
Sid Brown teaches in the area of Asian Religions, specializing in Theravada Buddhism. Brown also focuses on religious responses to environmental issues and religious conceptions of relationships between human and other-than-human animals.
Associate Professor of Religion
Larry Carden's courses deal primarily with the philosophy of religion and with Western religious traditions. Special interests include the writings of Søren Kierkegaard and reflections on the reality of God in contemporary philosophical theology.
Professor of Religion
Dr. Parker teaches in the area of social ethics, Jewish and holocaust and religious violence studies.
Professor of Religion and Marshal of the University Faculties, Robert M. Ayres Jr. Distinguished University Chair
Gerald Smith teaches in the area of religion and culture. Smith's interests include rural religion, environmental and place studies, settlement history, material culture and cartography. His field work includes study of landscape, villages, churches, cemeteries, barns, and log and stone structures.
Assistant Professor of Religion
Eric Thurman teaches in the area of Biblical Studies, specializing in the New Testament. He also focuses on issues of gender and sexuality in the Bible and its interpretation as well as the relationship between the Bible and the histories of colonialism/imperialism.
Joe Wiinikka-Lydon is currently a doctoral candidate at Emory University’s Graduate Division of Religion and a member Emory's Religion, Conflict and Peace-building Initiative. He is working on a dissertation entitled “Violence and the Language of Virtue,” which investigates the role of mass violence on an individual’s moral being.