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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.

Religious Studies Feature Stories

Etelson Wins 2018 Dickerson Award

Jeremy Etelson, '18, was the recipient of the 2018 Lynn C. Dickerson Award. 

"Religious Studies has been an intellectual haven for me since my arrival, offering a place where I have felt safe and encouraged to approach material honestly and with real curiosity," said Etelson. "Whether it be from-critical and literary analyses of biblical text, historical examinations of occult practices in early America, or studying and questioning the bases of religiously founded ethics and epistemologies around the world, the Department of Religious Studies has offered me a versatile and deeply contextual way of looking at the human condition."

Scholarship Repository Readership

The University of Richmond's Scholarship Repository shares faculty publications with a world-wide audience. The map below shows where articles from religion faculty are being read around the globe.

Faculty Highlights

  • Eakin Award

    Religious studies professor and master of liberal arts program chair Frank Eakin was awarded an Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who’s Who, a publisher of biographical profiles.

  • Winiarski New England Society Book Award

    Religious studies and American studies professor Douglas Winiarski has been awarded a 2018 Book Award for nonfiction by The New England Society for his work, Darkness Falls on the Land of Light: Experiencing Religious Awakenings in Eighteenth-Century New England.

  • Winiarski Book Wins Bancroft Prize

    Religious studies professor Doug Winiarski's book Darkness Falls on the Land of Light: Experiencing Religious Awakenings in Eighteenth-Century New England  won the 2018 Bancroft Prize in American History and Diplomacy, presented by Columbia University.

  • Winiarski Book Finalist for George Washington Prize

    Religious studies professor Doug Winiarski's book, Darkness Falls on the Land of Light Experiencing Religious Awakenings in Eighteenth-Century New England, was named one of seven finalists for the 2018 George Washington Prize.

  • Davis in Christian Science Monitor

    Dr. Scott Davis was quoted in the Christian Science Monitor, in a piece about on Buddhism and violence.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.” 

Upcoming Courses

  • The Bible as Literature
  • Sex & Salvation in 19th Century America
  • Introduction to the New Testament
  • Islam in America
  • Buddhist Philosophy
  • Foundations of Social Ethics
  • Asian Ethics: Dao of Living
  • A History of Antisemitism
  • Marx, Nietzsche, and Freud (FYS)
  • Cultural History of Sex (FYS)
  • Dreaming of the Prophet (FYS)
  • Anxiety and Ethics (FYS)

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Contact Us

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

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

Chair: Stephanie Cobb
Administrative coordinator: Carolyn E. Smart