Lisa Bitel


Dean’s Professor of Religion and Professor of Religion and History
Ph.D. History, Harvard University


Office: ACB 126
Phone: (213) 821-2150

Research Specialities: Medieval European History, History of Christianity, Religious Studies, Women’s and Gender History, Irish History, Celtic Literatures and Cultures, Art and Archaeology of Medieval Europe, Visual and Material Culture of Pre-Modern Europe


David Albertson

Associate Professor of Religion
Ph.D. Religion, University of Chicago


Office: ACB 227
Phone: (213) 740-7050

Research Specialities: Medieval and Early Modern Christianity, Christian Mysticism, Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy, Religion and Visual Culture, Philosophy of Religion

Sheila Briggs

Associate Professor of Religion and Gender Studies


Office: ACB 232
Phone: (213) 740-0267

Cavan Concannonn

Professor of Religion
Ph.D. New Testament and Early Christianity, Harvard University


Office: ACB 426
Phone: (213)-821-8391

Research Specialities: New Testament, Early Christianity, Pauline Studies, Historical Jesus, Greek and Roman Archaeology, Theory and Method in the Study of Religion, Continental Philosophy

Lynn Swartz Dodd

Professor of the Practice of Religion and Spatial Sciences
Ph.D. Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, University of California, Los Angeles


Office: ACB 329
Phone: (213)740-0266

Research Specialities: Amuq Valley Research Project Survey (Turkey), Kenan Tepe Excavations (Tigris River, Turkey), Native American Sacred Landscapes Project (California), Tell al-Judaidah Publication Project (Turkey), Israeli-Palestinian Archaeology Working Group (Co-organizer)

Jill Hicks-Keeton

Associate Professor of Religion
Ph.D. Religion, Duke University


Office: ACB 235

Research Specialities: Ancient Judaism, Early Christianity, Biblical Studies, Evangelical Christianity in the U.S.

Sherman Jackson

King Faisal Chair in Islamic Thought and Culture and Professor of Religion and American Studies and Ethnicity
Ph.D. Oriental Studies: Islamic Near East, University of Pennsylvania


Office: ACB 230
Phone: (213) 821-6386

Paul Lichterman

Professor of Sociology and Religion
Ph.D. Sociology, University of California, Berkeley


Office: KAP 352
Phone: (213) 740-3533

Research Specialties: Culture – Public Culture, Civic and Political Culture, Organizational Culture, Religion, Political Sociology, Civic Engagement, Theory, Qualitative Methodology, Ethnographic Methods

Jessica Marglin

Ruth Ziegler Chair in Jewish Studies and Professor of Religion, Law and History


Office: ACB 326
Phone: (213) 821-2912

Research Specialties: Jews and Muslims in Modern North Africa and the Mediterranean, Legal History, Non-Muslims in the Islamic World, Mediterranean Studies

James McHugh

Professor of South Asian Religions
Ph.D. Sanskrit and Indian Studies, Harvard University


Office: ACB 226
Phone: (213) 740-7141

Research Specialities: Material Culture of South Asian Religions, Smell, Aromatics and Religion, History of Perfumery, History of Alcohol in India, Sanskrit Literary and Technical Texts, Material Cultural Theory

Lori Meeks

Associate Professor of Religion and East Asian Languages and Cultures
Ph.D. East Asian Religions, Princeton University


Office: ACB 129
Phone: (323) 719-0984

Research Specialities: Women, Gender, and Religion, Religious and Social History of Japan, Women’s History in East Asia, Buddhist Literature and Philosophy, Buddhist Monasticism, Japanese Literature and Culture

Donald Miller

Leonard K. Firestone Professor of Religion and Professor of Religion
Ph.D. Social Ethics and Religion, University of Southern California


Kelsey Moss

Assistant Professor of Religion


Office: ACB 235

Research Specialities: religion and race; slavery and colonialism; encounter and conversion; Black Atlantic Religion; African-American history; Atlantic World Studies; early modern Christianity; critical race studies; American religious history

Arjun Nair

Assistant Professor of Religion


Office: ACB 328
Phone: (213) 821-3043

Duncan Williams

Professor of Religion, East Asian Languages & Cultures, and American Studies & Ethnicity

Ph.D. Religion (Japanese Religions), Harvard University


Office: ACB 231
Phone: (213) 740-0272

Research Specialities: Buddhism, Japanese Religions, American Buddhism, Buddhism and the Environment, Japanese American History and Religion, World War Two Japanese American Incarceration and Internment, Mixed Rase Japanese Society, Critical Mixed Race Studies, Social History of Religion

Diane Winston

Professor of Journalism and Communication; Knight Center Chair in Media and Religion


Office:  ASC 332B
Phone: (213) 821-5388
MC: 0281

Jessica Zu

Assistant Professor of Religion


Office: ACB 233

Affiliated Faculty

Richard Flory

Executive Director – Center for Religion and Civic Culture
Adjunct Associate Professor (Research) of Religion


Research Specialties: Sociology of religion, religion and social change, youth and religion, civic engagement, faith-based organizations

Richard Flory.

Reuven Firestone

Professor of Medieval Judaism and Islam
Ph.D. New York University


Office: HUC 018
Phone: (213) 765-2139

Research Specialities: Holy War, Qur’anic Narrative, History of Judaism, History of Islam, Phenomenology of Religion, Scriptural Intertextuality, Emergent Religion and New Religious Movements

Joshua D. Garroway

Associate Professor of Early Christianity and Second Commonwealth
Ph.D. Religious Studies, Yale University


Office: HUC 012
Phone: (213) 765-2175

Research Specialities: Pauline Studies, Historical Jesus, Luke-Acts, History of the Early Church, Jewish Identity in Antiquity, Jewish-Christian Relations

Leah Hochman

Associate Professor of Jewish Thought, Director, Jerome H. Louchheim School for Judaic Studies at USC


Office: HUC 208
Phone: (213) 765-2114

Research Specialities: Religion and Literature, Medieval, Modern and Contemporary Jewish and Religious Thought, 18-th Century Aesthetics, Jewish Studies, German-Jewish Studies, Jewish Literature, Judaism in the US and the Americas, Food and Religion, Gender and Judaism, Religion and Popular Culture

Janet Hoskins

Professor of Anthropology and Religion


Office: GFS 131
Phone: (213) 740-1913

Sonya Lee

Professor of Art History, East Asian Languages & Cultures, and Religion
Ph.D. Art History, University of Chicago


Office: THH 355
Phone: (213) 821-2582

Research Specialities:Buddhist Art and Architecture of China and Central Asia, Material Culture of the Ancient Silk Road, Art and Ecology, Asian Art Collecting, Heritage Conservation

Richard Wood

Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies


Office: GSF 304
Phone: (213) 740-1864


John P. Crossley, Jr.

Professor Emeritus of Religion

Robert Ellwood

Professor Emeritus of Religion
Ph.D. History of Religions, University of Chicago

Ronald Garet

Carolyn Craig Franklin Professor of Law and Religion and Professor of Law
Ph.D. Religious Studies, Yale University


Ron Hock

Professor Emeritus of Religion
Ph.D. New Testament, Yale University


Bruce Zuckerman

Professor Emeritus of Religion
Ph.D. Ancient Near Eastern Languages, Yale University


Administrative Assistant II
Linda Wootton

Project Specialist
Johnna Tyrrell

USC School of Religion

825 Bloom Walk, ACB 130
Los Angeles, CA 90089

Director of Undergraduate Studies
Sheila Briggs

Director of Graduate Studies
Cavan Concannon