Religious Studies

Susan Nowak

Susan Nowak

Professor & Chairperson
585-389-2731
snowak8@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 301
Bio

Education: B.A., Nazareth College; M.A., Temple University; Ph.D., Syracuse University

Teaching and Research Interests:
Since my introduction to the study of religion as an undergraduate, I have been fascinated by the startling similarities and unexpected differences between and among world religions. When connected to my research interest in feminist thought, Holocaust studies, and interfaith dialogue, this fascination has led to sometimes disquieting, but always thought-provoking, insights.

Janice M. Bertoni

Janice M. Bertoni

Secretary
585-389-2765
jberton3@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 361
Additional Positions:
Secretary in Sociology & Anthropology
Christine Bochen

Christine Bochen

Professor/Wm H Shannon Chair in Catholic Studies
585-389-2728
cbochen4@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 309
Bio

William H. Shannon Chair in Catholic Studies

Education: B.A., D'Youville College; M.A. and Ph.D., The Catholic University of America

Teaching and Research Interests:
Dr. Bochen studies and teaches Roman Catholic theology, feminist theology, American religions, and spirituality (particularly the works of Thomas Merton).

Corinne G. Dempsey

Corinne G. Dempsey

Associate Professor & Rosemarie Beston Chair for International Studies
585-389-2734
cdempse6@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 360
Bio

Education: B.A., Oregon State University; M.A., Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley; Ph.D., Syracuse University

Teaching and Research Interests:

My main areas of teaching are in the Hindu traditions, global Christianity, gender/politics and religion, and mysticism.  The aspect of religion that most fascinates me is how religion and culture intertwine and inform one another.  This has led me to explore religious practices typically thought to be "out of place," such as Christian pilgrimage and saint devotion in south India and Hindu temple worship in North America.  My work has led me to the joys and challenges of comparison, a process that looms large in my courses, in my most recent book called Bringing the Sacred Down to Earth: Adventures in Comparative Religion, and in my recent adventures with Icelandic trance mediums and spirit healers.

Thomas Donlin-Smith

Thomas Donlin-Smith

Professor
585-389-2729
tdonlin1@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 358
Additional Positions:
Director in Interdisciplinary Institute for Professional Ethics
Advisor in Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue
Bio

Education: B.A., The Ohio State University; M.Div., Wesley Theological Seminary; Ph.D., University of Virginia

Teaching and Research Interests: In addition to teaching our introductory course in world religions (“Exploring Religion”), I enjoy learning and teaching about religious ethics, and the relationships among religion, science, and politics. My current cycle of courses includes “Biomedical Ethics,” “Ethics of the Professions,” “Religion and Science,” “Living Well: Ethics in the World’s Religions,” “Christian Ethics: Stories of Virtue and Violence,” and our “Junior-Senior Seminar.” I am very fortunate that our department allows me to teach courses that fit my passions so well.

Muhammad Shafiq

Muhammad Shafiq

Professor
585-389-2963
mshafiq5@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 353
Additional Positions:
Executive Director in Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue
Bio

Education: B.A. and M.A., University of Peshawar; Ph.D., Temple University

Teaching and Research Interests:
Dr. Muhammad Shafiq studies and teaches comparative religion, theory and method in Religious Studies, Islamic Studies, Interfaith Studies, and Malcolm and Martin. He directs the interdisciplinary minor in Interfaith Studies. His research interest are mainly in the area of Islam and Interfaith Studies.

George P. Heyman

George P. Heyman

Lecturer
585-389-2767
gheyman3@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 357
Bio

Education: B.A., St. John Fisher College; M.Div., St. Bernard's Seminary; M.A., St. Bernard's Seminary; Th.M., Harvard University; M.Phil. and Ph.D., Syracuse University

Teaching and Research Interests:
Dr. Heyman studies and teaches ancient Near Eastern religious texts, Second Temple Jewish literature, the Bible, early Christian history and theology.  He has a special interest in the sacrificial ritual and rhetoric of the Abrahamic religious traditions.

Janet S. Katz

Janet S. Katz

Lecturer
585-389-2765
jkatz3@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 385
Additional Positions:
Administrative Coordinator in Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue
Bio

Education: B.A., Brandeis University; M.A., Columbia University

Theresa Hawley Reeder

Theresa Hawley Reeder

Lecturer
585-389-2765
treeder9@naz.edu
Bio

Education: B.A., Nazareth College; M.A. St. Bernard's Institute; Certificate of Advanced Study in Women's and Gender Studies, Syracuse University; degree in progress, Ph.D. Syracuse University.

Teaching and Research Interests: Ethics, gender, race and sexuality; comparative religions and pedagogy, and feminist liberation theories. Areas of special interest are Indigenous Religions, Christianity and marriage.

Donald F. Schwab

Donald F. Schwab

Lecturer
585-389-2767
dschwab5@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 357
Bio

Education: B.A., St. John Fisher College; M.Div., St. Bernard's Seminary; D.Min., Colgate Rochester Divinity School; Ph.D., The Graduate Theological Foundation