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Religion

Our Faculty

Our Religion faculty spans a broad scope of experience and focus, counting among its ranks authors of books on topics ranging from feminist theory to Hindu goddess worship to the role of animals in the Christian tradition.

Click on a faculty member's name to learn more about their educational background and research interests.

  • Professor of Religion
    (512) 863-1963
    Kyle E. White 101
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    Specialty: Hinduism; Feminism and Religion; Tamil literature; Religion and the Body
  • Professor of Religion
    (512) 863-1669
    Kyle E. White 105
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    Specialty: Animals in the history of the Christian tradition; human-dog history; contemporary religious-ethical issues related to other-than-human animals; religion and ecology; environmental studies; Ecofeminism; human-animal studies.
  • Assistant Professor of Religion
    (512) 863-1797
    Kyle E. White 107
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    Specialty: Jewish relational ethics; Religion and Literature; Food and Farming in the Judeo-Christian Traditions; Borderlands religious identities;Merleau-Ponty's Phenomenology of Sense Perception
  • Banafsheh Madaninejad

    Part-Time Faculty-Cullen Sabbaticals
    (512) 863-1663
    Kyle E. White 108
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  • Assistant Professor of Religion
    (512) 863-1964
    Kyle E. White 111
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    Specialty: I am a specialist in Native American religious studies, and am particularly interested in narrative/folklore, issues of identity, and the active role of land and landscape in native religious activity.  I also teach courses that look at Rastafari, Vodun, Santeria, and the Virgin of Guadalupe, among other indigenous traditions.  I cross-list courses with Environmental Studies and Feminist Studies, and participate in the Ethnic Studies minor as well.