The Department of Religious Studies has a diverse and varied research profile. Most of our faculty have won external funding from granting agencies and currently receives over $4,000,000 in extended research support. All faculty have peer-reviewed publications and most faculty have published books in university presses on such diverse subjects as Daoism (Rainey), gender politics and Islam (Selby), and ritual studies (Stephenson). Some professors (now retired) have received university research awards (Rollmann, Bell), and one is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (Bell).

Faculty supervise our graduate students, are members of professional organizations and university committees, participate in public events and are committed to the overall strength of the Department of Religious Studies at Memorial University.

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

Associate Professor and Undergraduate Liaison Officer
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

Visiting Assistant Professor
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

Associate 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 
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 and literature

Joint Appointments

Dr. Anne G. Graham

**Currently on leave**

Associate Professor
BA (Honours) Guelph, MA Waterloo, Ph.D. Queen's
5031 Arts & Administration
(709) 864-8594

Research Interests: bible and literatures, religion and film

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