Department of Religious Studies

Department of Religious Studies

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

Dr. Jane M. Geaney
Geaney Published

Jane Geaney, professor of religious studies, published her third book, The Emergence of Word-Meaning in Early China. This book is the companion volume to her 2018 book, Language as Bodily Practice in Early China: A Chinese Grammatology, and makes an innovative contribution to language studies by historicizing the Chinese notion that words have "meaning."

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Dr. L. Stephanie Cobb
Cobb Earns University Distinguished Educator Award

Stephanie Cobb, George and Sallie Cutchin Camp Professor of Bible, was named a 2021 recipient of the University’s Distinguished Educator Award at the annual Colloquy celebration.

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Dr. William L. Kelly
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.

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Dr. Douglas L. Winiarski
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."

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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

  • Leadership Ethics: Early China
  • Introduction to Hebrew Bible
  • Islam and Film
  • Introduction to New Testament
  • Varieties of Christian Ethics
  • Truth, Justice, and the American Way (Of Doing Philosophy)
  • Tolkien and the Medieval Imagination

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: Mimi Hanoaka

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