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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.

Faculty Highlights

  • 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.

  • 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
  • Dead Sea Scrolls: History & Scams (FSHT)
  • Queers in Religion (FSLT)
  • Introduction to Islam (FSHT)
  • Buddhism in India and Tibet
  • Richmond: City of the Dead
  • Interpreting the Book of Psalms
  • Tolkien and the Medieval Imagination (FYS)
  • Dreaming of the Prophet (FYS)
  • From Holy Rite to Hooking Up (FYS)
  • Anxiety and Ethics (FYS)
  • Devil in the Details (FYS)

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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