Full Time Faculty

Iqbal Akhtar

Iqbal Akhtar, Associate Professor

Email: iakhtar@fiu.edu
Office: DM359B

Areas of specialization: History, Linguistics, Islam, Jainism, Early Childhood Education, International Higher Education, Historical Preservation, Digital Humanities, and Religious Pluralism

Daniel Alvarez

Daniel Alvarez, Instructor

Email: alvarezd@fiu.edu
Office: DM304

Office hours: MW 2-3:30 PM

Areas of Specialization: Protestant Theology, Reformation, Evangelicalism, World Religions

Whitney Bauman

Whitney Bauman, Associate Professor

Email: wbauman@fiu.edu
Office: DM301A

Areas of Specialization: Religion and Science, Religion in Nature

Ana María Bidegain

Ana María Bidegain, Professor

Email: anamaria.bidegain@fiu.edu
Office: DM305B

Areas of Specialization: Christianity in Latin America, Women in Latin American Religions, History of Religion in Latin America

Jeffery Gonzalez

Jeffery Gonzalez, Instructor

Email: Email

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

Carlos Grenier, Assistant Professor

Email: Carlos Grenier
Vitae: Curriculum Vitae Office: DM 301C

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

Steven Heine, Professor

Email: heines@fiu.edu
Areas of Specialization: Japanese Religions, East Asian Buddhism; History and Thought of Zen

Room: SIPA 504

Erik Larson

Erik Larson, Chair and Associate Professor

Email: larsone@fiu.edu

Areas of Specialization: New Testament, Christian Origins, Ancient Judaism, Dead Sea Scrolls
Room: DM303

Tudor Parfitt

Tudor Parfitt, President Yitzhak Navon Professor of Sephardic-Mizrahi Studies and Distinguished Professor of SIPA

Email: tparfitt@fiu.edu
Office: DM369B

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 Chaitanya Pragiya Pragya

Samani Chaitanya Pragiya Pragya, Visiting Instructor

Email: chaitanyapragya97@gmail.com
Room: DM320C

Field of Specialization:
Samani Chaitanya Pragya teaches courses that supports Jain Studies Programs, the first of its kind in North America. She is Professor in her home institution, Jain Vishva Bharati Institute, a “Deemed University” at Ladnun. She is also the Founding Director of Bhagawan Mahavira International Research Center.

Jain Studies Program website: http:/jainstudies.fiu.edu

Jeanette Smith

Jeanette Smith, Undergraduate Program Director & Visiting Assistant Teaching Professor

Visiting Assistant Teaching Professor
Email: jesmith@fiu.edu
Office: DM359A

Vitae: Curriculum Vitae

Areas of specialization: Areas of specialization & interest: Society, Culture, & Ethics, including Faith & Community; Fieldwork in Religious Studies; Religion & Culture, including Religion & Fantasy and Religion & Science Fiction.

Oren Baruch Stier

Oren Baruch Stier, Professor

Email: stiero@fiu.edu

Areas of Specialization: Holocaust Studies, Jewish Studies, Visual and Material Culture

Room: DM305A

Erin Weston

Erin Weston, Associate Teaching Professor

Email: eweston@fiu.edu
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.

Albert Wuaku

Albert Wuaku, Graduate Program Director and Associate Professor


Areas of Specialization: African and Caribbean Religions, Fieldwork in Religious Studies, Religion and Culture

Room: DM309A

Niurca Marquez, Assistant Teaching Professor

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