AMES courses and faculty research explore the intersection between religion and culture, looking especially at how film, literature, poetry, music, philosophy, and media articulate religious sensibilities and commitments. Faculty research covers a range of religious traditions—Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism, Taoism, Confucianism, and Shintoism—as well as looking at the interaction between different traditions. Faculty publications focus on Buddhism in Korea and Japan, Hindu literature and film, Islamic mysticism, Islamic revivalism, Islamic feminism, and Jewish literature and thought.

miriam cooke

Braxton Craven Professor of Arab Cultures

Hwansoo Kim

Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies

Mbaye Lo

Associate Professor of the Practice of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Ellen McLarney

Associate Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies