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About Us

Welcome to the Religious Studies Program, where religious traditions are explored in all of their complexity through comparative, contextual (in specific historical or cultural contexts), and thematic studies.

In this section

Ann Blackburn

Faculty Research

A few highlights of our current work:

  • Anne Blackburn (Buddhism in South and Southeast Asia)
  • Caitlin Barrett (Classical archaeology, culture, Ancient Greek religion and ritual)
  • Chiara Formichi (Islamic studies and Southeast Asia)
  • Daniel Gold (tradition of North Indian poet-saints known as Sants)
  • Andrew Hicks (The Broken Harp: Musical Metaphor in Classical Persian Literature)
  • Cary Howie (transcendence and materiality)
  • Lucinda Ramberg (Given to the Goddess: South Indian Devadasis and the Sexuality of Religion)


Perhaps the biggest thing I gained from Religious Studies was a personable yet critical way of looking at all the people I meet in my life -- both as individuals and as groups.

— Andrew DeJohn '01