About Us

With particular strengths in the study of Christianity, Judaism, American religions, Islam, secularism, Buddhism, and other Asian religions, the Department of Religious Studies emphasizes descriptive, historical, and theoretical approaches to the study of religion.

Upcoming Events

Teaching Texts in Translation

CTL Teaching Workshop
Jamal J. Elias (University of Pennsylvania)
Nov 30, 2023 at - | Cohen 204

We take it as axiomatic in our research that a text cannot be fully understood when read in translation. But outside of dedicated language departments, instructors of undergraduate courses can rarely expect their…

Vaughn Booker, Title TBA

RELS Colloquium
Vaughn Booker (Africana Studies, Penn)
Jan 25, 2024 at - | Cohen 204

Vaughn A. Booker is the George E. Doty, Jr. and Lee Spelman Doty Presidential Associate Professor of Africana Studies. He comes to Penn from Dartmouth College, where he was Associate Professor of…

Laura Nasrallah, Title TBA

RELS Colloquium
Laura Nasrallah, Yale Divinity School
Feb 1, 2024 at - | Cohen 204

Laura Nasrallah’s research and teaching bring together New Testament and early Christian literature with the archaeological remains of the Mediterranean world, and often engage issues of colonialism…