The School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies at ASU is committed to maintaining excellence in the major fields of history, philosophy and religious studies and to emphasizing its contemporary relevance as well as participating in innovative programs that connect history, philosophy and religion to other areas of inquiry. 

Arizona State University encourages cross-disciplinary studies, and our strengths are complemented by those in other departments and colleges within ASU.


Aviña, Alexander (Assoc Professor) - Social Movements and State Violence in 20th century Mexico and Guerrero; Capitalism, Drugs, and Drug Wars; Cold War Latin America; the Left in Modern Mexico and Latin America; Sports in Latin America

Barnes, Andrew (Professor) - Christianity, Christian Missions, African History, Europe

Cichopek-Gajraj, Anna (Assoc Professor) - Modern East European Jewish history, Holocaust and post-Holocaust studies, modern history of Poland, history of antisemitism and anti-Jewish violence, comparative and social studies, theories of ethnicity, nationalism, identity, and belonging

Critchlow, Donald (Professor) - Modern American political and policy history, particularly in how actors perceive the world and act on their perceptions

El Hamel, Chouki (Professor) -  The intellectual history of Islam and Islamic institutions in Northwest and West Africa

Fixico, Donald (Professor) - American Indians, oral history and the U.S. West

Harris, Lauren (Assoc Professor) - History education and world history 

Holian, Anna (Assoc Professor) - Late modern Europe; migration and displacement; architecture and urban history; film studies

Jones, Christopher (Assoc Professor) – Energy, economics, and environmental history, sustainability, history of technology

Manchester, Laurie (Assoc Professor) - Russia, diaspora culture, return migration, autobiographical practices, religion

Lim, Julian (Asst Professor) – Migration and borders; race, ethnicity and culture; mobility and belonging

O'Donnell, Catherine (Assoc Professor) - Early American history; culture and religion; American political thought

Saikia, Yasmin (Professor) - South Asia, Muslim identity and history, gender and violence, memory, children's history of the present

Samuelson, Hava (Professor) – Jewish intellectual history, feminism and Jewish philosophy; religion and ecology; religion, science, and technology

Schermerhorn, J. Calvin (Professor) - 19th-Century African American history, capitalism and slavery, the Atlantic World

Tebeau, Mark (Assoc Professor) - US urban and social history, landscape, and place, oral history, public history, digital humanities


Blackson, Thomas (Associate Professor) - ancient philosophy and issues connected to artificial intelligence and rationality

Calhoun, Cheshire (Professor) - normative ethics, moral psychology, feminist philosophy, and lesbian and gay studies

De Marneffe, Peter (Professor) - liberty and liberalism, individual rights, and government paternalism

DesRoches, Tyler (Assistant Professor) – environmental philosophy, economics, philosophy of science, sustainability

Kung, Peter (Associate Professor) - philosophy of mind, imagination, epistemology

McGregor, Joan (Professor) - ethics of sustainability, food justice, legal philosophy, practical philosophy  

Nair, Shyam (Assistant Professor) - ethics, epistemology, philosophical logic, philosophy of language

Phillips, Ben (Assistant Professor) - perception, social cognition, theory of mind

Pinillos, N. Angel (Associate Professor) -  philosophy of language, epistemology, experimental philosophy, and related areas

Portmore, Douglas (Professor) -  morality, rationality, and the interconnections between the two, also well-being, posthumous harm, and the non-identity problem 

Priest, Maura (Assistant Professor) - youth mental health, public and community health, ethical theory, political philosophy

Religious Studies

Miguel Astor Aguilera (Associate Professor) - Ethnography, iconography, and archaeology. Aguilera specializes in Mesoamerican cosmologies and their historical traditions: pre-Columbian, colonial, and contemporary. His work is focused on Maya religious specialists in the Yucatán peninsula.

Gaymon Bennett (Associate Professor) - Religion, science, and technology; with interest in religion, secularism, and modernity; religion, society, and power; critical studies in religion; and material cultures and new ontologies. 

Stephen Bokenkamp (Professor) -  Joint appointment in the School for International Letters and Cultures, specializing in the study of Chinese Daoism, with a special emphasis on its literatures and its relations with Buddhism.

Jason Bruner (Assistant Professor) - The history of Christian missions and the growth of Christianity in Africa and Asia in the 19th and 20th centuries; history of medicine.

Linell Cady (Professor)- Modern western religious thought with special interests in religion and American culture; religion and the public/private boundary; gender and religion; and method and theory in the study of religion. Cady is the Founding Director of the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict at ASU.

John Carlson (Associate Professor) - Religious ethics, religion and politics, political philosophy, and Christianity and the political order. His research areas include just war thought, religion and violence, human rights, and issues of religion and American public life. Carlson is also Interim Director of the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict at ASU.

Huaiyu Chen (Associate Professor) - Chinese religions, with a joint appointment in the School of International Letters and Cultures. His research interests span Buddhism, Nestorian Christianity, and medieval Chinese social history.

Eugene Clay (Associate Professor) - Eastern Orthodox Christianity and Russian religious history.

Tracy Fessenden (Professor) - Gender and religion, specializing in western religious traditions, religion and literature, and American religious and cultural history.

Abdullahi Gallab (Associate Professor) Specializing in current Islamist movements, within their local, regional and global contexts. He also specializes in contemporary Islamic and Islamists intellectual, social and political discourses.

Joel D. Gereboff (Associate Professor) - Judaism with special interests in Rabbinic Judaism and religion and ethics.

Chad Haines (Associate Professor) - Cultural Anthropology, Islam, Pakistan, South Asia, the Muslim world, globalization, urban transformation, postcoloniality, Dubai, Cairo, everyday ethics and peace.

Alexander Henn (Professor) - Special interests in processes of cultural and religious encounter and the history and ethnography of colonial conquest in India.

Agnes Kefeli Clay (Principal Lecturer) - Islam with special interests in Muslim minorities in Russia, Islam in Central Asia, and Ottoman Turkish history.

Moses M. Moore (Associate Professor) -  American and African-American religions, specializing in the interaction of race, religion and culture.

Pori Park (Associate Professor) - Religion in Korea. Her research interests include Buddhism, Son Buddhism, Korean Religions, and the interaction between Buddhism, modernity, and nationalism.

Leah Sarat (Assistant Professor) - The intersection of religion and migration in Mexico and the Southwest Borderlands, with particular attention to the social and religious implications of U.S.-Mexico border enforcement policy. 

Juliane Schober (Professor) - Religions in Southeast Asia, specializing in theories in the anthropology of religion, modernity, postcolonialism, Theravada Buddhism in Burma, religious practice and politics, icons, and ritual. Professor Schober also is Director of the Center for Asian Research.

Tod Swanson (Associate Professor) -Christian Studies and religion in Latin American with special interest in native traditions of the Americas.

Shahla Talebi (Associate Professor) - Specializing in issues of religion and state, and the performative role of language and metaphor as it relates to discourses of self-sacrifice and martyrdom within Islam and Iran.

Mark Woodward (Associate Professor) - Religions of Southeast Asia with special interest in religion, modernity, colonialism, politics, violence and collective identity.