The Department of Religious Studies has a diverse and varied research profile. Most of our faculty have won external funding from granting agencies, including current SSHRC Insight Grants (Selby, Stephenson). 

Dr. Ayse Sule Akinturk

Postdoctoral Fellow
M.A., Manchester; M.A., Warwick; Ph.D., Carleton
Email: asakinturk@mun.ca

Research Interests: Islam and Muslim Religiosity, Secularism, Muslims and Muslim Heritage in Canada.

Dr. Michael DeRoche

Associate Professor
M.Th. Laval; M.A., Ph.D. McMaster
Office: 5010 Arts and Administration
Telephone: (709) 864-3539
Email: mderoche@mun.ca

Research Interests: Biblical studies, narratology, ancient Israelite religion, 2nd temple Judaism, early rabbinic Judaism

Dr. Patricia Dold

Currently Associate Dean of Curriculum and Programs, HSS

Associate Professor
M.A. Calgary; Ph.D. McMaster
Office: 5031 Arts and Administration
Telephone: (709) 864-4538
Email: pdold@mun.ca

Research Interests: Hindu religious texts, Hindu goddesses, women and religion

Dr. Jennifer Porter

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Associate Professor
M.A., Ph.D. McMaster
Office: 5009 Arts & Administration
Telephone: (709) 864-2469
Email: jporter@mun.ca
Webpage: http://www.ucs.mun.ca/~jporter/index.html

Research Interests: Religion and popular culture, Religion and Disney, Alternative religious movements.

Dr. Michelle Rebidoux

Assistant Professor and Undergraduate Liaison Officer
M.A. UBC, Ph.D. McGill
Office: 5030 Arts & Administration
Telephone: (709) 864-8172

Research Interests: Philosophy of religion, comparative religion, theories of religion, history of Christianity, religious ethics

Dr. Jennifer Selby

Professor and Graduate Officer
M.A. Queen's; Ph.D. McMaster
Office: 5029 Arts and Administration
Telephone: (709) 864-4046
Email: jselby@mun.ca
Webpage: https://www.mun.ca/faculty/jselby/

Research Interests: Islam in the West, secularisms, gender, method & theory, religion and anthropology

Dr. Barry Stephenson

Associate Professor, Department Head 
M.A. Laurier; Ph.D. Calgary
Office: 5005 Arts & Administration
Telephone: (709) 864-8113
Email: bstephenson@mun.ca

Research Interests: Christian thought and history, ritual studies, religion literature and the arts


Retired Faculty

Dr. David N. Bell

Professor Emeritus and Honorary Research Professor
M.A. Leeds; M. A., D.Phil. Oxford, F.R.S.C.
Office: 5030 Arts & Administration
Telephone: (709) 864-8172
Email: dbell@mun.ca

Dr. David J. Hawkin

P.G.C.E. Leeds; M.A., Ph.D. McMaster
5030 Arts & Administration

Dr. Morley F. Hodder

Professor Emeritus
Dip. in Th. United Theological College; P.G.Dip. in Th. Edinburgh; S.T.M., Th.D. Boston

Dr. Kim Ian Parker

Dr. Kim I. Parker

M.A., Ph.D. McMaster
Office: 5005 Arts & Administration
Telephone: (709) 864-8594
Email: kparker@mun.ca

Research Interests: Hebrew Bible, critical theory, post-modernism, religion and political theory

Dr. Hans Rollmann

Professor Emeritus
M.A. Vanderbilt, Ph.D. McMaster
Office: 5027 Arts & Administration
Telephone: (709) 864-8171
Email: hrollmann@mun.ca

In Memoriam

Dr. Lee Rainey

Associate Professor
M.A., Ph.D. Toronto

Research Interests: Daoism, Confucianism, Chinese philosophy

Dr. Michael Shute

Dr. Michael Shute 

M.T.S. Atlantic School of Theology; S.T.L., S.T.D. Regis; Th.D. Toronto

Research Interests: Social ethics, philosophy of religion, Lonergan, religious aesthetics