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Department of Humanities & Religious Studies College of Arts & Letters

Meet Us


Harvey Stark

Associate Professor, Chair of the Humanities & Religious Studies Department

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  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. or by appointment
  • Specialty & Interests: Islam, American Religion, Chaplaincy

Shelly Bingel

Administrative Support Coordinator II

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  • Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Also by email and Zoom.


Kengo Akiyama


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  • Office Hours: Mon. via zoom 6:00-7:00pm. Mon & Wed 12:00-1:15pm & Mon & Wed 3:00-4:15pm
  • Specialty & Interests: Bible; Judaism: Christianity

Alyson Buckman


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  • Office Hours: On sabbatical
  • Specialty & Interests: Popular Culture, Gender Studies, American Studies

Jeffrey Brodd


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  • Office Hours: On sabbatical

Jillian Coleman


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  • Office Hours: Email instructor to set up a Zoom meeting.

Mary Doyno

Associate Professor

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  • Office Hours: Thursdays 1:15-3pm. or via Zoom but require that you sign up for an office hour slot no less than 24 hours
  • Specialty & Interests: Medieval Europe; Church History; Sanctity

Joel Dubois

Professor, Vice Chair and Graduate Coordinator

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  • Office Hours: Tuesday 3:00 -5:00 pm and by appointment.

Maria Jaoudi


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  • Office Hours: Tuesday 11:00-1:00 pm; Thursday 2:00-4:00 pm online only
  • Specialty & Interests: Mysticism; World Religions & Cultures; Spiritual Approaches to Ecology

Steven Karnes


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  • Office Hours: Monday & Wednesday 1:00 – 2:15 p.m., & by appointment.
  • Specialty & Interests: Ancient Greece, Mythology

Brad Nystrom


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  • Office Hours: Monday & Wednesday 2:15 - 3:00 p.m. & Mondays 8:20 - 9:05 p.m. and by appointment.

Victoria Shinbrot


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  • Office Hours: Tuesday 4:20 - 6:20 p.m. in my office 1024 Mendocino, Thursday 4:20 - 5:20 p.m.. Please let me know in advance if you will be visiting.

Allison Solso


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  • Office Hours: By appointment via zoom. Please contact instructor by email for Zoom ID

Wendy Terry


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  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. via Zoom. Please contact instructor by email for Zoom ID

Judy Thoma

Lecturer, Faculty Fellow for Student Advising

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  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. and by email.

Mathias Warnes


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  • Office Hours: Monday 11:00 - 12:00 p.m., Wednesday 1:30 - 2:45 p.m. & by Zoom
  • Specialty & Interests: Continental Philosophy, Classical & World Mythology, Spiritual Ecology

Peter Gough


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Judith Poxon


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Christopher Bacich


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Clovis Karam


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  • Office Hours: Mondays 2:00 to 3:00, or by appointment

Renee St. Louis


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  • Phone: (916) 278-6444
  • Office Hours: By Zoom Tuesdays 2:45 - 3:45 p.m. and by appointment
  • Specialty & Interests: Film and television, American Studies, violence

Brian Young


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  • Location: Mendocino Hall
  • Phone: (916) 278-6444
  • Office Hours: Zoom office hours Tuesdays 10:45-11:45AM and by appointment

Rania Shah


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  • Office Hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays 12:00-1:00 pm and at other times by appointment.
  • Specialty & Interests: Islam, Classical, and Middle Eastern Humanities

Amelia Ying Qin

Assistant Professor

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  • Office Hours: Monday & Wednesday 11:00am - 12:30pm.
  • Specialty & Interests: China, East Asia

Scott Spitzer


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  • Location: Mendocino Hall 2030
  • Phone: (916) 278-5895
  • Office Hours: Tuesday & Thursday 1:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m., and by appointment.
  • Specialty & Interests: Early Christian Art
Total Members: 25