Faculty and Advisory Board

Professor Stephen Boyd
Director, Religion and Public Engagement
Professor Steve Boyd

J. Allen Easley Professor of Religion at Wake Forest University. He teaches courses on the history of Christianity and Christian thought, gender studies, and religion and public life. He has been awarded The Don Schoonmaker Faculty Prize for Community Service (2005) and the The Reid Doyle Prize for Excellence in Teaching (1989). He has authored Pilgram Marpeck: His Life and Social Theology (Duke University Press, 1992); The Men We Long to Be (Harper San Francisco 1995 & Pilgrim Press, 1997); and (editor) Redeeming Men: Religion and Masculine Identity (Westminster/John Knox, 1996). A new book, Making Justice Our Business: The Wrongful Conviction of Darryl Hunt and the Work of Faith (Wipf & Stock) about race, religion and the criminal justice system was published Fall 2011. He has also served as co-chair of the Men’s Studies in Religion Group of the American Academy of Religion, President of the American Men’s Studies Association, and was a founder of Communities Helping All Neighbors Gain Empowerment (C.H.A.N.G.E.) in Winston-Salem. Courses: REL 332 Religion and Public Engagement; REL 369 Radical Christian Movements; FYS Seeing with a Native Eye

Professor Ulrike WiethausProfessor Ulrike Wiethaus

Professor of Religion and American Ethnic Studies at Wake Forest University (Ph.D., Temple University, 1986). The author of numerous books and articles on the history of Christian spirituality, she has been involved in community partnership projects with American Indian communities in South Dakota and North Carolina for several years. Her interdisciplinary projects include a three hour documentary entitled Lakota Language Revitalization: Interviews with Elders on the Cheyenne River Reservation, South Dakota (Completed Fall 2005). She is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the Medieval Academy of America, the National Indian Education Association, and the Cherokee/Moravian Historical Society. She is the Shively Family Fellow for 2010-2012. Courses: REL 332 Religion and Public Engagement; REL 265 Culture and Religion in Contemporary Native America; FYS Vocation of Healing

Professor Kenneth Hoglund

Dr. Hoglund has taught at NC State University, NC Wesleyan College, Duke University, and UNC-Chapel Hill prior to joining the faculty at Wake Forest University in 1990. He was co-researcher along with Profs. Eric and Carol Meyers at the site of Sepphoris in the Galilee as part of the Joint Sepphoris Project. He has held a number of leadership roles including past American Schools of Oriental Research-SE President, and Society of Biblical Literature-SE President. Since 2009 Dr. Hoglund has served as the Executive Director of the SE Commission for the Study of Religion. He frequently lectures within the community on various topics related to Biblical Studies and Religion. He is a licensed amateur radio operator and is deeply engaged in training with other operators to be prepared for public service in an emergency, and is the Assistant Emergency Coordinator for Forsyth County for the SKYWARN network. Courses: FYS Finding the Good, if Not the Best, in Disasters

Professor Nelly Van Doorn-HarderProfessor Nelly van Doorn-Harder

Nelly van Doorn-Harder was born and raised in the Netherlands were she earned her PhD on the topic of women in the Coptic Orthodox Church of Egypt at the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam. Before moving to the USA she was director of a refugee program in Cairo, Egypt, and taught Islamic Studies at universities in the Netherlands (Leiden) and Indonesia (Yogyakarta). Her latest book, The Emergence of the Modern Coptic Papacy.The Egyptian Church and its Leadership from the Ottoman Period to the Present. Part III, The Modern Coptic Papacy (1798-2010), co-authored with Magdi Guirguis. (Cairo, AUC Press, 2011) just appeared. Courses: REL Islam and Law: Varieties in Interpretation and Expression

Professor Lynn S. NealDr. Lynn Neal

Dr. Neal earned her Ph.D. in Religious Studies from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She teaches courses in American religious history, religion and popular culture, and religious intolerance. She is the author of Romancing God: Evangelical Women and Inspirational Fiction (2006), and “Evangelical Love Stories: The Triumphs and Temptations of Romantic Fiction.” She is also the co-editor, with John Corrigan, of Religious Intolerance in America: A Documentary History (2010), and has published other works on this topic, including “Intolerance and American Religious History,” and “They’re Freaks!: The Cults Stereotype in Fictional TV Shows, 1958-2008.” Her current research examines the intersection of religious intolerance and popular culture. Courses: REL Religious Intolerance in the U.S.

Professor Simeon IlesanmiDr. Ilesanmi

Dr. Ilesanmi received his PhD from Southern Methodist University and his JD from Wake Forest University School of Law. He teaches courses in comparative ethics, international human rights, religion and law, ethics of war and peace, and African religions. He is the author of Religious Pluralism and the Nigerian State (Ohio University Press, 1997) and numerous articles and book chapterson African religion, ethics, war and politics. He is an Associate Editor of Journal of Religious Ethics and serves on the editorial boards of several other learned journals. His current and ongoing research interests focus on human rights, ethics of war, and religion, law and politics in Africa. Courses: REL 331 Religion and Law; REL 335 Religious Ethics and the Problem of War; REL 336 Religious Traditions and Human Rights; REL 338 Religion, Ethics and Politics

Professor Tanisha RamachandranDr. Ramachandran

Tanisha Ramachandran earned her Ph.D from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. She is currently working on a monograph tentatively titled, Idolized Representations which deals with issues of colonialism and the transmission and commoditization of Hindu imagery in the Euro-American world. Prior to joining Wake Forest University, she taught in the Department of Religion and the Simone de Beauvoir Institute at Concordia University. She has published in various journals including The Journal of Religion and Culture and Canadian Women’s Studies/ les cahiers de la Femme and has given numerous talks on issues pertaining to race, sexuality, religion and feminism. Her other areas of interest include the racialization of Islam in the North American media, Hindu Nationalism, Hindu and Buddhist art and Women in South Asian Religions. Courses: REL 388 South Asian Women: Religion, Culture and Politics; REL 391   Socially and Politically Engaged Buddhism

Professor Annalise Glauz Todrank
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Annalise joins Wake Forest from Wesleyan University where she served as a visiting assistant professor in Jewish Studies.  Prior to that position, she was a postdoctoral fellow in the same department and taught introductory courses on the Hebrew Bible and Judaism, as well as a seminar on Hasidism. Annalise received her B.A. in Religion and Human Rights from Hampshire College before going on to obtain both her M.A. and C. Phil. in Religious Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara.  Three years later, Annalise defended her dissertation, Jewish Identity between ‘Religion’ and ‘Race’ in Shaare Tefila Congregation v. Cobb, to receive her Ph.D., also from the University of California – Santa Barbara.  Throughout her education, Annalise has presented at various conferences throughout North America focusing on Jewish Identity.  In 2009, she co-organized “Negotiating Legal Boundaries,” a Law and Society Graduate Student Conference at UC-Santa Barbara.  Annalise is a member of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities, as well as the Association for Jewish Studies, among others.

Professors Lucas Johnston
Professor Luke Johnston

Lucas Johnston is Assistant Professor of Religion and Environmental Studies.  Dr. Johnston’s interdisciplinary educational background includes degrees in Religion and Nature (PhD), Environmental Ethics (Graduate Certificate), Theology (MA), and Psychology (BA).  His primary intellectual passions revolve around the relationships between biocultural evolution and religion, with particular attention to contemporary sustainability-oriented social movements and cross-cultural political dialog related to ideas about nature.  He is the author of Religion and Sustainability: Social Movements and the Politics of the Environment (Equinox Press, 2012), and editor of Higher Education for Sustainability: Cases, Challenges and Opportunities (Routledge, 2012).