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The Department of Religious Studies offers Richmond students the opportunity to study a broad range of religions from an academic perspective.

Department News

Selmira Advic received the 2017 Dickerson Award

Bailey Little received the 2017 Hart Prize

Ryan McEvoy's article "Faith, Far Away," was recently published in America, The National Catholic Review.

Faculty Highlights

  • Winiarski Book

    Dr. Doug Winiarski published the book, Darkness Falls on the Land of Light: Experiencing Religious Awakenings in Eighteenth-Century New England.

  • Cobb Book

    Dr. Stephanie Cobb recently published Divine Deliverance: Pain and Painlessness in Early Christian Martyr Texts.

  • Hanaoka Book

    Dr. Mimi Hanaoka recently published her first book, Authority and Identity in Medieval Islamic Historiography: Persian Histories from the Peripheries, which explains themes and literary strategies that “centered” texts from “peripheral” regions in medieval Persia.

  • Winiarski Fellowship

    Dr. Doug Winiarski has been awarded a semester-long Residential Fellowship from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities to support his project,  “Shakers, Jerkers & the Shawnee Prophet: Religious Encounters on the Early American Frontier.” 

  • Hanaoka Fellowship

    Dr. Mimi Hanaoka received the Transregional Research Junior Scholar Fellowship in InterAsian Contexts and Connections from the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) for 2015-2016.

  • Cobb Award

    Dr. Stephanie Cobb's article Polycarp’s Cup: Imitatio in the Martyrdom of Polycarp was awarded the annual Bruce Mansfield prize for the best article published in the Journal of Religious History for the previous year.

  • Winiarski Seminar Leader

    Dr. Doug Winiarski is a seminar leader for the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture's Young Scholars in American Religion program for 2014-2016.

  • Hanaoka Article

    Dr. Mimi Hanaoka published the article “Perspectives from the Peripheries: Strategies for ‘Centering’ Persian Histories from the ‘Peripheries’" in the Journal of Persianate Studies.

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Upcoming Courses

  • The Bible as Literature
  • Occult America
  • Sacred Arts of India
  • Body/Sex in World Religious Literature
  • Ethics, Religion, and the Environment
  • Ethics, Religion, and War in the 20th and 21st Centuries
  • Is Jewish and Christian Dialogue Possible
  • Anxiety and Ethics

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Contact Us

Mailing address:
Department of Religious Studies
Weinstein Hall, Room 102
28 Westhampton Way
University of Richmond, Virginia 23173

Phone: (804) 289-8325
Fax: (804) 287-6504

Interim Chair: Jane Geaney
Administrative coordinator: Carolyn E. Smart