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Lecturers

Professor Information and Bio

Sophia Avants, M.A. and M.Ed.

Lecturer

Sophia AvantsMs. Avants’ focus is on early rabbinic literature.  She is working on a Ph.D. in a joint program at the Claremont School of Theology and the Academy of Jewish Religion.  Her work engages ancient philosophy and modern critical theory, with a particular interest in how different cultures think about problems.

  • Phone: (562) 985-5785
  • Location: MHB-603
  • Email: 
  • Class: RST 210 “Introduction to the Bible”, LA1-300
  • Fall 2017 Office Hours: 

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 the Religious Studies faculty since the Spring of 2000.

 
  • Phone: (562) 985-4613
  • Location: MHB-610
  • Email: jgconti2003@yahoo.com
  • Class: RST 302-01  “American Religious Diversity”, LA2-106
  • Fall 2017 Office Hours: 

Ronald Dubay, Ph.D.

Lecturer

Dubay PicturePh.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
    • Class: RST 100-02 “Intro to Religion”, LA1-304
    • Fall 2017 Office Hours: 

Jon Ivan Gill, Ph.D.

Lecturer

aboutjon[1]M.Th. Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and Ph.D. from 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. The focus of his doctoral studies was “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: jonivangill@csulb.edu
  • Class: RST 111 “Religion Games”, LA1-304
  • Fall 2017 Office Hours: 

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.

  • Phone: (562) 985-4613
  • Location: MHB-610
  • Email: brad.hawkins@csulb.edu
  • Classes: RST 341 “Buddhism”, LH-150 and RST 344 “Religions of Japan”, LA1-304 
  • Fall 2017 Office Hours:

Nayawiyyah Muhammad, M.A.

Lecturer

Professor Muhammad recieved her B.A. and M.A. in Religious Studies, with an emphasis on Ancient and Medieval Judaism, Christianity, and Islam from CSULB. Currently, Professor Muhammad is a Ph.D. candidate in Religion at Claremont Graduate University with a focus on Women’s Studies in Religion. Her primary fields of research engage the intersection of core Islamic rituals and sacred space with gender and sexuality focused upon her research topics in Islam and the Body; Feminism and Islam; Muslims in America; and Eco-feminist Theology. Professor Muhammad is part of an on-going team of scholars involved in a Digital Humanities project whose goal is the establishment of a virtual archive of hadith transmissions of the wives of Prophet Muhammad. This endeavor seeks to offer commentary, historical timelines, insight into kinship networks and Islamic rituals, thus providing significant applicability for anyone researching women in Islam in general, and the “Mothers of the Believers” in particular.

  • Phone: 562-985-5785
  • Location: MHB 610
  • Email: nayawiyyah.muhammad@csulb.edu
  • Class: RST 302-05 “American Religious Diversity”, LA1-304
  • Fall 2017 Office Hours: 

Robin Podolsky, M.A.

Lecturer

Robin Podolsky 2M.A. in Rabbinic Studies, Academy for Jewish Religion, California; and M.A. in Judaic Studies, Hebrew Union College/Jewish Institute of Religion, Los Angeles.

  • Phone: 562-985-5785
  • Location: MHB 603
  • Email: robin.podolsky@csulb.edu
    • Class: RST 314 “Jewish Religion”, LA1-300
    • Fall 2017 Office Hours: 

Sean Sagan, Ph.D.

Lecturer

Sean SaganDr. Sagan graduated from the University of California, Riverside with an M.A. and PhD. in Religious Studies. He earned his B.A. here at CSULB where he studied Political Science. His doctoral dissertation research focused on gospel tract evangelism and the construction of cultural borders of evangelical identity.   Sean’s research and teaching interests are situated in the arena of American religious culture, particularly as pertains to evangelicalism, Christian print culture and new religious movements. His interests also include religion and media, religion and popular culture, and religious conspiracy theories.

  • Phone: 562-985-4906
  • Location: MHB 613
  • Email: 
  • Class: RST 202 “Religion and Society”, LA1-303 and RST 391 “Religion and Science”, LA1-300
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