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's courses are cross-listed in Asian Studies and count towards the Middle East Studies and South Asian Studies majors.
Mara Benjamin specializes in Jewish textual traditions and practices, including biblical, rabbinic, and contemporary hermeneutics; modern Jewish thought; and gender and religion. Her first book, Rosenzweig’s Bible: Reinventing Scripture for Jewish Modernity (Cambridge, 2009), examined the theological and political stakes of the endeavor to reinvigorate Jewish intellectual and social responses to the Bible, focusing on the work of Franz Rosenzweig (1886-1929), an important Jewish religious thinker of the modern period. Her forthcoming second book, The Obligated Self: Maternal Subjectivity and Jewish Thought, investigates the religious dimensions of caring for young children in the context of Jewish thought and tradition.
Susanne Mrozik specializes in Buddhist Studies, with a focus on ethics and gender. Currently conducting ethnographic research on Sri Lankan Buddhist nuns, Mrozik has also researched Buddhist literary discourse on bodies, genders, and emotions. Her courses include “Body Images and Practices in Religious Traditions,” “Buddhist Ethics,” “Women and Buddhism,” and “All About Love.” Mrozik is Mount Holyoke College's advisor to the Five College Buddhist Studies Certificate Program.
Luis Josué Salés is a scholar of the history of ancient and early medieval Christianity. His research focuses on Christian intellectual identity formation through the appropriation of a constellation of Aristotle's ideas, including ethics, metaphysics, and psychology. He likewise studies the role of women in Greek, Syriac, and Arabic Christian literature and the socio-religious and political dynamics of Christians and Muslims in the Middle East and the Iberian Peninsula.
Laurie L. Dion
Natalina Tulik is the Academic Department Coordinator for Philosophy, Religion and Jewish Studies. She manages the budget, purchasing, online course catalog submissions, events, award applications, and all the daily needs of faculty and majors. She has been on campus since 1999.