Religion Faculty

Douglas Langston
Professor of Religion & Philosophy (941) 487-4249

M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Irvine
M.A., Ph.D., Princeton University
B.A., Stanford University

Professor Langston, specializes in Religion, as well as Medieval philosophical and religious thought. He offers courses also in 19th-century thought, focusing on such figures as Kant, Hegel and Kierkegaard.

Susan Marks
Associate Professor of Judaic Studies
Klingenstein Chair (941) 487-4271

Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania; Rabbinic Ordination
M.A., Hebrew Union College/Jewish Institute of Religion
B.A., Reed College

In addition to teaching varieties of Jewish practice and scriptural interpretation, Professor Marks offers courses in theoretical aspects of religion. She encourages students to challenge preconceptions and instead seek evidence for given religious movements within particular historical moments. Her own research explores weddings and other practices of early Judaisms and early Christianities through traces left in textual and material sources. Professor Marks' book, First Came Marriage: The Rabbinic Appropriation of Early Jewish Wedding Ritual, was released by Gorgias Press in 2013. 

Gordon E. Michalson, Jr.
Professor of Humanities (941) 487-4360

Ph.D., Princeton University
Rel. M., Claremont School of Theology
B.A., Yale University

Professor Michalson specializes in religious thought in the West from the Enlightenment to the present. He previously served as the College’s president, following 15 years on the faculty at Oberlin College. Among his publications are four books on such thinkers as Immanuel Kant, G.E. Lessing and Søren Kierkegaard. He was the American consulting editor of the recently published Blackwell Encyclopedia of Modern Christian Thought.

John R. Newman
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor of Asian Religions (941) 487-4317

Ph.D. Buddhist Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.A. South Asian Studies

Professor Newman is an historian of religions who specializes in Indian and Tibetan Buddhism. His research focuses on the Vajrayana Buddhist Kalacakra tantra (Wheel of Time system of mysticism) tradition. He is also interested in Buddhist interactions with other religions and methodological issues in the cross-cultural study of religions.

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