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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
    Specialty: Hinduism; Feminism and Religion; Tamil literature; Religion and the Body
  • Professor of Religion
    (512) 863-1669
    Kyle E. White 105
    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.
  • Banafsheh Madaninejad

    Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion & Philosophy
    (512) 863-1797
    Kyle E. White 107
  • Associate Professor of Religion
    (512) 863-1964
    Kyle E. White 111
    Specialty: I am a specialist in Native American religious studies, and am particularly interested in narrative/folklore, identity, and the active role of place in native religious activity.  I also teach courses on Sacred Space, Gender and Sexuality, Myth and Narrative, and other non-textual religious traditions.