Faculty

Expertise in the religion department is distributed across major religious traditions, across time periods, and across different methods, for example historical and textual approaches to the study of religious traditions. The faculty also share a keen interest in lived religion and in the way religious traditions encounter contemporary issues. 

Trent Foley

W. Trent Foley
Ph.D., University of Chicago

I've been a professor at Davidson for many years, teaching courses on early Christianity, as well as a Latin course called "Latin Christian Writers."

B. Andrew Lustig

B. Andrew Lustig
Holmes Rolston III Professor of Religion and Science
Ph.D., University of Virginia

I teach courses in religion and science, theological ethics, and applied ethics, especially bioethics.

Bill Mahony

William K. Mahony
Charles A. Dana Professor of Religion
Ph.D., University of Chicago

I teach courses on Hinduism, Buddhism, and topics in the comparative study of religion. My special research interests lie in the contemplative and devotional dimensions of religions originating in India.

Douglas Ottati

Douglas Ottati
Craig Family Distinguished Professor of Reformed Theology and Justice
Ph.D., University of Chicago

My scholarly interests include contemporary theology and ethics, as well as the history of theology and ethics, particularly in America.

Karl Plank

Karl Plank
J.W. Cannon Professor of Religion
Ph.D., Vanderbilt University

I teach biblical studies and Jewish literature and thought and have a special research interest in biblical intertextuality, midrash and hermeneutics, modern Jewish poetry, religion and law, and monastic spirituality.

Lynn Poland

Lynn Poland
Ph.D., University of Chicago

I teach in the areas of modern religious thought and Christian theology, with special interests in the history of biblical interpretation, gender, animal studies, and environmental studies.

Gregory Snyder

H. Gregory Snyder (Chair)
Ph.D., Yale University

I teach courses on early Christian literature both inside and outside the canon, on the history of the Bible, and on subjects related to Classics, especially Roman Religion.

Anne Blue Wills

Anne Blue Wills
Ph.D., Duke University

I teach courses in American religion and culture, specializing in 19th-century women's religious activism.

Syed Rizwan Zamir

Syed Rizwan Zamir
Ph.D., University of Virginia

I teach introductory and advanced courses in the area of Islamic studies, specializing in Islamic thought and spirituality.

Melanie McAlpine
Administrative Assistant
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