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Lecturers

Joseph Conti, Ph.D.

Lecturer

Joe conti CSULBconti bookDr. Conti’s research focus is Christian mysticism and the psychology of contemplative spirituality. He has a Ph.D. in Religion and Social Ethics from the University of Southern California, and is the author of Holistic Christianity: The Vision of Catholic Mysticism (2005). Dr. Conti has been with with the Religious Studies faculty since the Spring of 2000.

  • Phone: (562) 985-4613
  • Location: MHB-610
  • Email: jgconti2003@yahoo.com
  • Fall 2015 Office Hours: Tu 6:00 – 7:00pm

Ronald Dubay, Ph.D.

Lecturer

Ph.D. in History, University of California, Irvine. Dr. Dubay has has been with the Religious Studies faculty since the Spring of 2002. A former ASI Vice President calls Dubay his favorite professor of all he studied with at CSULB.

  • Phone: (562) 985-5785
  • Location: MHB-603
  • Email: rondubay@aol.com
  • Fall 2015 Office Hours: Tu 10:00 – 11:00am

Jon Ivan Gill, Th.M.

Lecturer

aboutjon[1]M.Th. Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago; Ph.D. Candidate, Claremont Graduate University. Jon Ivan Gill is an avid scholar of Whiteheadian process thought, metaphysics, cultural studies, aesthetics, existentialist philosophy, and constructive & secular theology. His creative tangent ranges from underground hip-hop culture to cryptic lyrics he pens in rap, poetry, journal refereeing, book reviews, and academic essays & critiques. As a PhD. candidate in “Philosophy of Religion and Theology” & Philosophy at Claremont Graduate University, Prof. Gill synthesizes Whiteheadian “process theological” and philosophical concepts of the idea of God with the aesthetics of underground rap creativity in his work. He postulates a perpetually-evolving, socially-transformative, and theopoetic universal philosophy of life. His staunch support of a truly philosophical and theological trans-disciplinary discourse involves the inclusion of everything from aesthetic atheism and religious pluralism to subversive use of the arts. For more, take a look at www.jonivangill.com .

  • Phone: (562) 985-5785
  • Location: MHB-603
  • Email: jon.gill@csulb.edu
  • Fall 2015 Office Hours: Th 12:30 – 2:30pm

Bradley Hawkins, Ph.D.

Lecturer Emeritus

BradleyHawkins[1]hawkins booksDr. Brad Hawkins’ area of specialization is the religions of Southeast and South Asia. He received his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Toronto in Asian History, an M.A. in Religious Studies from Loyola University, New Orleans, and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He teaches courses in Southeast Asian religions, Hinduism and other South Asian religions, and the study of small-scale religions. His current research projects include a religious history of Southeast Asia to 1500 CE, a study of Buddhist groups in the LA area, and a comprehensive overview of small-scale religions in Indochina. Prof. Hawkins has been with the Religious Studies faculty since the Spring of 1995.

Nayawiyyah Muhammad, M.A.

Lecturer

M.A. in Religious Studies, California State University, Long Beach; Ph.D. program, Claremont Graduate University.

Jessica Rehman, M.A.

Lecturer

Jessica Lee Rehman PictureM.A. in Religious Studies, California State University, Long Beach; Ph.D. Candidate, University of California, Riverside. As a Ph.D. candidate my research areas include Islam and gender in South Asia, religious violence, rape, genocide, transnationalism, and globalization. Previous and current research projects include Yemeni women’s activism and Islamism, comparative female imagery in Muslim and Jewish texts, female freedom fighters in Bangladesh, and transnational Islamic charitable societies. My current ethnographic research project explores conceptions of masculine identities in South Asian Diasporas, with a specific focus on traumatic cultural memory, gendered violence and intergenerational difference.