May 2, 2018

Courtney Bryant, Ph.D. will officially join the Religious Studies Department at Manhattan College in the fall of 2018. 

In her first year, Bryant will teach "Nature and Experience of Religion" along with "Womanist Ethics". 

Before arriving to campus, a bri...

April 25, 2018

William McGrath, Ph.D. will officially join the Religious Studies Department at Manhattan College in the fall of 2018. 

In his first year, McGrath will teach "Nature and Experience of Religion" along with "Religions of China and East Asia". 

Before arriving to campu...

November 1, 2017

Sitting down with Dr. Claudia Setzer, the professor discussed topics such as her background, educational courses, research, and much more. Below lies some interesting facts and responses to questions that were curated by the Religious Studies Department Chair, Dr. Robe...

December 8, 2016

The academic study of religion is highly interdisciplinary, intersecting with all areas of human life and culture.  So, how could we not offer some reflections on the spectacle of the American presidential election of 2016, as informed by our study of this multi-form t...

December 7, 2016

Dr. Donald Gray

  • On December 3, the RELS Department celebrated the 54 years of service to Manhattan College of our colleague Donald Gray.  

  • Dr. Gray completed his MA at Notre Dame and his PhD at Fordham. 

  • Dr. Gray's scholarship focused on contemporary Chri...

April 11, 2016

Dr. Michele Saracino, chair of the MC Religious Studies Department, spends a lot of time in the water.  She’s not only an avid swimmer but her latest research project is a theology of water and relationships.  It's sure to make a splash. 

PF: You are a se...

November 30, 2015

Kevin Ahern, Ph.D., is the director of the Peace Studies Program at Manhattan College and Assistant Professor of Religious Studies.  His new book is called Structures of Grace: Catholic Organizations Serving the Global Common Good (Orbis, 2015).

MC: Dr. Ahern,...

February 24, 2015

Dr. Jawanza Clark is an assitant professor of Religious Studies at Manhattan College. He is a member of both the Society for the Study of Black Religion and the American Academy of Religion.

What is your area of expertise?
My area of expertise is Christian theology, spe...

February 2, 2015

Prof. Natalia Lee interviewed by Prof. Philip Francis

Being a Hispanic Woman in the Academy

PF: What’s it like to be a Hispanic woman in the academy today?

NL: Did you see the Oscars last night?

PF: Some of it.

NL: Well, did you see John Travolta kiss Scarlet Johansson on t...

October 18, 2014


Prof. Robert Geraci is easily the most tattooed member of the Manhattan College Religious Studies Department.  Though his most prominent forearm tattoos are replicas of 30,000-year-old cave paintings, his scholarly interests cluster around futuristic topics lik...

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