Paul R. Goldin

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Professor
Chair of Department, East Asian Languages and Civilizations
Contact Information
Office Address: 
851 Williams Hall
Phone: 
215-898-7466
Email Address: 
prg@sas.upenn.edu
Education: 

Ph.D., Harvard University, 1996

Summary of Interests: 
Chinese Thought
Recent Courses: 
  • EALC 1, Introduction to Chinese Civilization
  • EALC 131/531, Introduction to Classical Chinese Thought
  • RELS 184 What Is Taoism?
  • EALC 239/639, Sex and Society in Ancient China
  • EALC 240/640, Early Chinese History
  • EALC 241/641, Law in Pre-Modern China
  • EALC 721/722, Advanced Classical Chinese
  • EALC 740, Sinological Methods

Victor H. Mair

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Professor, Chinese Language and Literature
Contact Information
Office Address: 
849 Williams Hall
Phone: 
215-898-8432
Email Address: 
vmair@sas.upenn.edu
Education: 

Ph.D., Harvard University, 1976
M.Phil., School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London)

Summary of Interests: 
Buddhist popular literature
Chinese fiction
Archaeology in China
Selected Publications: 

Tun-huang Popular Narratives (Cambridge University Press, 1983)

Painting and Performance: Chinese Picture Recitation and Its Indian Genesis (University of Hawaii Press, 1988)

T'ang Transformation Texts: A Study of the Buddhist Contribution to the Rise of Vernacular Fiction and Drama in China (Harvard University Council on East Asian Studies, 1989).

The Tarim Mummies: Ancient China and the Mystery of the Earliest Peoples from the West (Thames and Hudson, 2000)

Other Professional Activity: 

Professor Mair is the founder and editor of Sino-Platonic Papers and General Editor of the ABC Chinese Dictionary Series at the University of Hawaii Press. He has been a fellow or visiting professor at the University of Hong Kong (2002-2003), the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton, 1998-1999), the Institute for Research in Humanities (Kyoto University, 1995), Duke University (1993-1994), and the National Humanities Center (Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, 1991-1992).

Michael Meister

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W. Norman Brown Professor, History of Art
Contact Information
Office Address: 
201 Jaffe Building
Phone: 
215-898-3248
Email Address: 
mmeister@sas.upenn.edu
Education: 

Harvard University, Ph.D., Fine Arts, 1974
Harvard University, M.A., Fine Arts, 1971
Harvard College, B.A. (honors), History and Literature, 1964

Summary of Interests: 
History of Art
Indian Subcontinent
Temple Architecture
Brief Biography: 

Michael W. Meister is W. Norman Brown Professor of South Asia Studies. He is a specialist in the art of India and Pakistan. He has served as Chair of the Departments of South Asia Studies (SASt) and History of Art and as Director of Penn's South Asia Center. He is Curator of Indian Art, Asian section, University Museum, and Curator of the South Asia Art Archive. Research fellowships have included two Fulbright awards, a J.

Timothy Powell

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Senior Lecturer
Contact Information
Office Address: 
213 Cohen Hall
Email Address: 
tipowell@sas.upenn.edu
Office Hours: 
By appointment

Dr.

Summary of Interests: 
Native American Religions
Digital/Environment Humanities
Anthropology & Ethnomusicology
Selected Publications: 

"Digital Knowledge Sharing: Forging Partnerships between Scholars, Archives, and Indigenous Communities,” Museum Anthropology Review, vol. 10 no. 2, 2016, 66-89.  Available on-line at: https://scholarworks.iu.edu/journals/index.php/mar/article/view/20269

Lyz Jaakola and Timothy B. Powell, “’The Songs are Alive’: Bringing Frances Densmore’s Recordings Back Home to Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College,” Oxford Handbook of Musical Repatriation, ed. Frank Gunderson, forthcoming from Oxford University Press in 2018.

 “Encoding Culture: Building a Digital Archive Based on Traditional Ojibwe Codes of Conduct,” written by Timothy B. Powell and inspired by Larry Aitken, The American Literature Scholar in the Digital Age, eds. Amy Earhart and Andrew Jewell (Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 2011).  Also available on the DigitalCulturalBooks online imprint from University of Michigan Press: The American Literature Scholar in the Digital Age



Work in Progress: 

Dr. Powell is currently writing grants to support his work with EPIC in partnership with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Tuscarora Nation, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, and the Deyohahá:ge: Indigenous Knowledge Centre at Six Nations Polytechnic

Recent Courses: 

RELS 246 “Spirituality in the Age of Global Warming”
RELS 208 / ANTH 282 / CINE 282 "A History of Films By and About Native Americans"

Brief Biography: 

Tim Powell in a New Englander whose family has lived in the Connecticut River Valley in western Massachusetts for many generations.  He received his doctorate from Brandeis University in American Studies and has since changed fields from literature to cultural anthropology to religious studies, all of which are encompassed by Native American and Indigenous Studies.  He is devoted to his wife, Eve Troutt Powell, and his two sons Jibreel and Gideon.  His favorite quote is from James Baldwin: “God gave Noah the rainbow sign / No more water, the fire next time.”

Curriculum vitae: 

Alex Ramos

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Contact Information
Office Address: 
231 Cohen Hall
Email Address: 
alexram@sas.upenn.edu

Education: 

Alex Ramos earned a BA in Religious Studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2008, an MTS in New Testament/Early Christianity from Harvard Divinity School in 2011, and his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 2017.

Summary of Interests: 
Ancient Christianity
Ancient Judaism
Other Professional Activity: 

Alex currently works as a freelance copyeditor (and proofreader and indexer) for academic publications, under contract with both academic presses and individual authors. Most recently, he has been working for the Society of Biblical Literature press on manuscripts on a wide range of subjects from ancient to contemporary. In addition to his academic pursuits, Alex is also an artist painting a range of subjects in acrylic.

Marc Herman

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Contact Information
Office Address: 
201 Cohen Hall
Email Address: 
hermanm@sas.upenn.edu

Marc Herman graduated from the Department of Religious Studies of the University of Pennsylvania in 2016. In the academic year 2017-18 he will hold the Shvidler-Rabin joint post-doctoral fellowship at Fordham and Columbia Universities. His dissertation, titled "Systematizing God’s Law: Rabbanite Jurisprudence in the Islamic World from the Tenth to the Thirteenth Centuries", examines Jewish legal theory in the Islamic world, with particular focus on medieval approaches to the Oral Torah.

Summary of Interests: 
Medieval Judaism
Jews in the Islamic world
Work in Progress: 

Drexel University, and has forthcoming articles in the Jewish Quarterly Review and Jewish History.

Rose Muravchick

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Office Address: 
232 Cohen Hall
Email Address: 
roseee@sas.upenn.edu

Rose has completed a B.A and M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and is currently working on her dissertation: "God is the Best Guardian: Islamic Talismanic Shirts from the Gunpowder Empires." Her research interests include textile history, the material culture of religion and Muslim/Christian interactions in the medieval Mediterranean region.

Summary of Interests: 
Religion & Material Culture
Medieval Christianity & Islam

Phillip J. Webster

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Contact Information
Office Address: 
230 Cohen Hall
Email Address: 
pwebster@sas.upenn.edu

Phillip's dissertation, Psukhai that Matter: The Psukhē in and behind Clement of Alexandria’s Paedagogus, aims to investigate the ideology and mechanics of the ancient soul’s materiality as witnessed in Clement of Alexandria’s late second- or early third-century work, the Paedagogus. It focuses on four ways in which Clement refers to the soul: (1) as an entity in need of punishment and healing, (2) as vulnerable to substances and the activities of the body, (3) as made visible through the body’s appearance, and (4) as an internal moral-core.

Summary of Interests: 
Early Christianity
Rabbinic Judaism
Theory
Recent Courses: 

In fall 2016 he will teach "Religion and Violence" at Penn. In the past he has taught the following courses: "From Miracles to Mindfulness" (with Prof. Steve Weitzman) (Spring 2016), "Paul and His Interpreters" (Spring 2015), "Jesus and Judaism" (Fall 2014). He was a 2014-15 Graduate Fellow for Teaching Excellence at The Center for Teaching and Learning (University of Pennsylvania). His TA-ships include "Religions of the West" (Prof. Annette Reed, spring 2012), “Introduction to Africana Studies” (Prof. Anthea Bulter, fall 2011), “Introduction to Buddhism” (Prof. Justin McDaniel, spring 2011), “Ancient Greece” (Prof. Jeremy McInerney, fall 2010),  “Early Christianity and the New Testament” (Prof. Harry Gamble, spring 2009), and “Theology, Ethics, and Medicine” (Prof. James Childress, fall 2008). 

Phillip Fackler

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Email Address: 
pfackler@sas.upenn.edu

Phillip Fackler has completed a M.A. (with honors) from the Graduate Theological Union and is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently completing a dissertation entitled “Forging Christian Identity: Christians and Jews in Pseudo-Ignatius.” His research interests include the construction of Jewish and Christian identity, the reception of early Christian texts, and the material culture of “religion” in Late Antiquity. Phillip has taught in the areas of Ancient History, Medieval History, Critical Writing, and Religious Studies.

Summary of Interests: 
Early Christianity
Ancient Judaism
Late Antiquity
Selected Publications: 

Adversus Adversus Iudaeos? Countering Christian anti-Jewish Polemics in the Gospel of Nicodemus, Journal of Early Christian Studies 23.3 (2015): 413–444.

Leah Comeau

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Contact Information
Office Address: 
201 Cohen Hall
Email Address: 
lecomeau@sas.upenn.edu

Leah’s dissertation is a study of shifting devotional aesthetics found in medieval Tamil Śaiva poetry.

Summary of Interests: 
South Asian Religions
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