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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

  • 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."

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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."

  • 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.

  • 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.
  • Winiarski awarded NEH Stipend
    Dr. Douglas Winiarski has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend of $6,000 for Shakers & the Shawnee Prophet: A Microhistory of Religious Violence on the Early American Frontier, 1805–1815.
  • 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.

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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

  • Body/Sex in World Religious Literature (FSLT)
  • Devil in the Details (FYS)
  • God is Dead
  • Magicians, Saviors, and Swindlers (FSHT)
  • Ninety-nine Names of God (FSHT)
  • Religion and Medieval Imagination (FSHT)
  • Religion and the Arts


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

Department Chair: Dr. Mimi Hanaoka

Academic Administrative Coordinator: 
Emily Peebles

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