People

Faculty

Chair and William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Religion

A specialist in early Judaism and Christianity, Professor Penn’s courses include "Introduction to the Hebrew Bible," "What Didn't Make the New Testament," and "Sex and the Early Church." Professor Penn's research focuses on ancient Aramaic (Syriac) speaking Christians and the earliest strata of Christian-Muslim relations. He also uses computers to analyze ancient manuscripts. Over two dozen MHC students have been paid researchers in this digital humanities project and several have traveled to London to handle and photograph ancient Aramaic manuscripts in the British Library.

413-538-2876
201B Skinner Hall
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By appointment only
Associate Professor of Religion

Amina M. Steinfels is the author of Knowledge before Action: Islamic Learning and Sufi Practice in the Life of Sayyid Jalal al-Din Bukhari Makhdum-i Jahaniyan (University of South Carolina Press, 2012), focused on the life of a fourteenth century South Asian Sufi master. She teaches courses about various aspects of Islam, including women and gender, Sufism, the Qur'an, Muhammad, Islam in South Asia, and classical Islamic civilization. Many of Steinfels courses are cross-listed in Asian Studies and count towards the Middle East Studies and South Asian Studies majors.

413-538-2292
207 Skinner Hall
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By appointment only
Susanne Mrozik Associate Professor of Religion
Associate Professor of Religion

Susanne Mrozik is a specialist in Buddhist traditions. She teaches courses on women and Buddhism, Buddhist ethics, Buddhist literature, Buddhism in America, and a comparative religion course on body images and practices in religious traditions.

413-538-3445
201C Skinner Hall
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M 3-5, T 4-5

Sarah Taylor

Five College Fellow & Visiting Instructor in Religion
413-538-2290
201A Skinner Hall
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Tuesday 3:00-5:00 and by appointment

Staff

Laurie L. Dion

Office Assistant
413-538-2249
205 Skinner Hall
Contact
Monday through Friday 8:00-12:00

Susan M. Rusiecki

Academic Coordinator in Philosophy-Religion-Jewish Studies
413-538-2249
205 Skinner Hall
Contact
Monday through Friday 7:30-3:30