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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.

Our faculty and staff reject racial bias, hate speech, religious intolerance, and all other expressions of bigotry. The academic study of religion promotes a community founded on the values of inclusivity, equity, and diversity.  Religious Studies courses help students understand the complex and sometimes volatile relations of difference, and we model substantive intellectual responses to it. 

Faculty Highlights

  • Kelly Published

    Will Kelly ’07, Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, recently published How Prophecy Works:A Study of the Semantic Field of נביא and a Close Reading of Jeremiah 1:4–19, 23:9–40 and 27:1–28:17 through Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.

  • Cobb Published

    Stephanie Cobb, Program Coordinator, Jewish Studies, recently published Suicide by Gladiator? The Acts of Perpetua and Felicitas in its North African Context by Cambridge University Press.

  • Geaney Published

    Jane Geaney, Professor of Religious Studies, published Language as Bodily Practice in Early China. Geaney offers new insights into three key themes: the notion of speakers’ intentions, the physical process of emulating exemplary people, and Confucius’s proposal to rectify names.

  • Winiarski Awarded

    Dr. Douglas L. Winiarski, Chair and Professor of Religious Studies and Professor of American Studies, recently won an essay award from the Communal Studies Association for his article, "Seized by the Jerks."

  • Hanaoka Awarded Dr. Mimi Hanaoka has been awarded a Social Science Research Council Transregional Research Junior Scholar Fellowship: InterAsian Contexts and Connections New Paradigms Grant.
  • Hanaoka Awarded Fellowship Dr. Mimi Hanaoka has been awarded a VFIC Mednick Fellowship for her book project, Views of the Asian Other: Educational Reform and Models of Modernity for Japan and Muslim Reformers.
  • 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.

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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.

Upcoming Courses

  • Introduction to Islam
  • The Bible as Literature
  • Gods of the Pharaohs
  • Body/Sex in World Religious Literature
  • Richmond: City of the Dead

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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: Douglas Winiarski

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