Department News

Congratulations to Dr. Justin Henry!

Dr. Justin Henry's Book Cover

His book, Ravana's Kingdom: The Ramayana and Sri Lankan History from Below, was a finalist for the American Academy of Religion's Best First Book in the History of Religions Award!

Check out Dr. Henry's newest book! 

Check Out Dr. Potts' Article with The Conversation! 

Dr. Garrett Potts

Dr. Garrett Potts with The Conversation, a nonprofit, independent news organization that prides themselves on making knowledge more accessible to the public and supports experts in their respective fields, released an article titled "Looking for your ‘calling’? What people get wrong when chasing meaningful work". This is a work in conjunction with Dr. Potts' focus in health, business, and religion, and specifically in his work surrounding Work as a Calling.

Check out the article!  

Welcome our New Faculty! 

Dr. Henry (left) Dr. Bailey (right)

Please give a warm welcome to our new faculty members of the Religious Studies Department! Dr. Justin Henry, our Bhagwan Padma Prabhu Endowed Assistant Professor and Dr. Dylan Bailey, our Postdoctoral Research Scholar! Make sure to keep an eye out for their upcoming courses and projects!

Dr. Adib Farhadi, USF, in partnership with the Near East and South Asia Center for Strategic Studies (NESA) and Springer Publishing, are proud to announce the upcoming release of the fifth volume in The Great Power Competition Book Series: The Russian Invasion of Ukraine and Implication for the Central Region!

The Great Power Competition Volume 5

Dr. Farhadi’s latest edited volume addresses national security threats and strategic opportunities for the United States and its allies in the Middle East and Central Asia following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Recognizing that integrated deterrence is not constrained by geography or domain, this book focuses on the complex threats and challenges confronting U.S. national security and foreign policy in a post-Ukraine invasion environment. That is to say, what happens in Ukraine does not stay in Ukraine. It affects everyone from the region to the cyberspace domain to people on the other side of the world.

Congratulations to Dr. Gil Ben-Herut! 

Dr. Ben-Herut received in 2023 two awards to support his research. These include a Research Grant jointly funded by the American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and a Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Award.

Congratulations to Dr. Michael DeJonge!

Dr. DeJonge, James F. Strange Endowed Chair of Religious Studies, was invited in 2023 into membership at the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton for collaborative work on the project 'Thriving in Diverse Contexts.'

Congratulations to Dr. Garrett Potts!

Dr. Potts received in 2023 a grant from the Templeton Foundation and Yale Center for Faith and Culture to promote the 'Life Worth Living' pedagogy and coursework to advance pluralistic undergraduate education and overall student flourishing.

Congratulations to Will Schanbacher and the UFSG! 

Project Director Will Schanbacher along with other USF faculty was awarded an NEH Humanities Connections grant titled, "Urban Food Sovereignty in the Humanities and Beyond" ($34,810), for a one-year project for collaboration between faculty, students, and community members on the design of new courses and experiential learning activities related to food studies. 

Will Schanbacher