Jillian Stinchcomb

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Jill came to Penn after graduating with Master of Arts in Religion from Yale Divinity School, where she studied Second Temple Judaism. An alumna of the University of Notre Dame ('12) and a California native, she's interested in the intersection of Hellenism and Second Temple Judaism, particularly with respect to issues of narrativity, feminism, postcolonial thought, intellectual history, and reception history. 

Summary of Interests: 
Ancient Judaism
Intellectual History

Chijioke Azuawusiefe

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Religion & media, Cinema and Visual Culture, Nollywood and African Religions
Contact Information
Office Address: 
229 Cohen Hall
Email Address: 
chiaz@sas.upenn.edu
Summary of Interests: 
Religion & media
Cinema & Visual Culture
Nollywood & African Religions

RELS Major James An featured in PennNews

"What started out as a summer volunteer project and a journey to Thailand to learn about Buddhism may lead to a career choice for University of Pennsylvania student James An." [Read more

Steven Weitzman

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Abraham M. Ellis Professor of Hebrew and Semitic Languages and Literatures
Ella Darivoff Director of the Katz Center of Advanced Judaic Studies
Contact Information
Office Address: 
222 Cohen Hall, 249 S. 36th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: 
215 238 1290
Email Address: 
wsteve@sas.upenn.edu
Office Hours: 
By appointment

Prof. Steven Weitzman specializes in the Hebrew Bible and the origins of Jewish culture. Recent publications include Surviving Sacrilege: Cultural Persistence in Jewish Antiquity (Harvard University Press, 2005); Religion and the Self in Antiquity (Indiana University Press, 2005); The Jews: A History (Prentice Hall, 2009); and a biography of King Solomon, part of the new “Jewish Lives” series, published by Yale University Press in 2011. 

Summary of Interests: 
Hebrew Bible
Ancient Judaism

RELS PhD student Kameliya Atanasova awarded Maass Memorial Research Grant

UPenn Ghost Project Featured in SAS Frontiers Magazine!

Andrew Hudson

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American Religions
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Email Address: 
hudsona@sas.upenn.edu
Summary of Interests: 
American Religions
Brief Biography: 

Andrew Hudson studies American Religion with Prof. Anthea Butler. He is currently researching embodied practices and beliefs, ecological formation of belief, Pentecostal Christianity, Appalachian Religion, religious musics, and video medias in religion.

 

Matthew Chalmers

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PhD Candidate
Education: 

Matt Chalmers received his BA and MPhil from the University of Oxford (2008-2013), before jumping ship to the University of Pennsylvania in 2013 to work with Prof. Annette Yoshiko Reed. His interests transect late antiquity, intellectual history, and Religious Studies, with particular interests in historiography, heresiology, and the manufacture of identities through the control of the past. In his dissertation, he explores often overlooked representations of Samaritans in early Christian and Jewish sources, both mobilizing underused parts of our late antique archive and interrogating scholarly patterns of selectivity when ordering an archive for discussing religious difference. Most recently, he presented a related paper entitled “Rethinking the Samaritan-Jewish “Schism”: or, Is Thinking about Partings the Only Way to Think about Difference in the Study of Ancient Jews” at the Regional Seminar for Ancient Judaism 2017 (NYU), experimenting with reading ancient Jewish mentions of Samaritans having suspended a search for schism often characteristic of our approaches to the material.

Summary of Interests: 
Early Christianity
Papyrology
Patristic Literature
Selected Publications: 

“Seeking as Suckling: The Rationale behind Clement of Alexandria’s Language of the Milk of the Father in Paedagogus I.6," Studia Patristica 72 (2014): 59-74

Prof. McDaniel wins the Charles Ludwig Award for Distinguished Teaching for 2013

   

Prof. Elias's new book featured in PennSAS Magazine

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