Full Time Faculty
Iqbal Akhtar, Assistant Professor
Areas of specialization: South Asian and diasporic history, Khoja Studies, Sindhic philology, and Islamic mysticism.
Daniel Alvarez, Undergraduate Program Director & Instructor
Office hours: MW 2-3:30 PM
Areas of Specialization: Protestant Theology, Reformation, Evangelicalism, World Religions
Whitney Bauman, Associate Professor
Areas of Specialization: Religion and Science, Religion in Nature
Ana María Bidegain, Professor
Areas of Specialization: Christianity in Latin America, Women in Latin American Religions, History of Religion in Latin America
Jeffery Gonzalez, Instructor
Areas of Specialization: Religions of the African diaspora in Cuba, Trinidad, Brazil and the United States. Impact of religion on women and gender in the Caribbean.
Carlos Grenier, Postdoctoral Fellow
Areas of specialization: Late medieval and early modern Islamic intellectual and cultural history; piety in the Ottoman Empire; popular religion and Sufism in civic life; Mediterranean borderlands;confessionalization and canon formation; regional and local histories in early modern empires;the Ottomans and Iran; premodern science and occultism.
At FIU, Carlos teaches on Islam and other Abrahamic religions, and participates in the activities of the Muslim World Studies Center.
Steven Heine, Professor
Areas of Specialization: Japanese Religions, Comparative Religious Thought, Religion and the Social Sciences
Room: SIPA 504
Erik Larson, Chair and Associate Professor
Areas of Specialization: New Testament, Christian Origins, Ancient Judaism, Dead Sea Scrolls
Lesley A. Northup, Associate Professor, Dean of The Honors College
Areas of Specialization: Myth and Ritual Studies, Religion in America, Religion and Culture
Tudor Parfitt, President Yitzhak Navon Professor of Sephardic-Mizrahi Studies and Distinguished Professor of SIPA
Areas of Specialization: The periphery of the Jewish world, Judaising movements, the myth of the Lost Tribes of Israel, Genetic discourses about Jews, Modern Hebrew Literature, Hebrew language, Muslim-Jewish Relations, the Jews of the Yemen, Jews of the Muslim world, the Sepharadi World, Conversos, Black Jews in Africa and the Americas.
Samani Rohini Pragya, Visiting Instructor
Field of Specialization: Nonviolence and Peace study; Jain philosophy and comparative Religion; Preksha Meditation and Yoga; Hindi Language and literature
Oren Baruch Stier, Professor
Areas of Specialization: Holocaust Studies, Jewish Studies, Visual and Material Culture
Steven Vose, Religious Studies Assistant Professor and Bhagwan Mahavir Assistant Professor of Jain Studies
Areas of Specialization: Religions of India; Jainism; History of Religions; Sanskrit, Prakrit, and Gujarati Languages and Literatures; Art and Architecture; Devotionalism; Conflict and (Non-)Violence.
Albert Wuaku, Graduate Program Director and Associate Professor
Areas of Specialization: African and Caribbean Religions, Fieldwork in Religious Studies, Religion and Culture
Erin Weston, Online Instructor
Room: DM 322B
Areas of Specialization and Interest: New Religious Movements, Witchcraft and Neopaganism, Neoshamanism and Indigenous Religious Practices, Syncretism, Religious Aesthetics and Iconography, Magic in Religions, Intro to Asian Religions, and World Religions.