Our blog is authored by our Craft of Teaching Bloggers in Virtual Residence, distinguished alumi/ae educators invited to advance conversation on religious studies pedagogy among our CoT community and other teachers in the field. Each academic year since 2015, five recent University of Chicago Divinity graduates or late-term PhD candidates with academic appointments have been invited to provide their insights as new faculty members. They will be engaging with some of the topics addressed by this year's CoT programming and discussing some of their own personal successes and failures. See their profiles here.
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2016-17 Blogger Cohort

Stephanie Frank, Columbia College Chicago

Sean Hannan, MacEwan University

Anne Mocko, Concordia College

Jawad Qureshi, American Islamic College

Robyn Whitaker, Trinity College Melbourne


2015-16 Blogger Cohort

Joy Brennan (Ph.D. 2015) is an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Kenyon College. She devotes her time to sorting out the meaning of Chinese Buddhist texts and the Sanskrit texts that gave shape to some of the ideas found in them. Her particular interest is the Yogacara or mind-only school of Buddhist thought, which beat Sigmund Freud to a sophisticated theory of the unconscious by almost 2,000 years. She also studies Chinese religiosity independently of Buddhism as well as the landscape of Buddhist ideas and practices in the contemporary U.S, particularly the developing relationship between psychological and psychoanalytic frameworks and concepts and practices drawn from Buddhist traditions. See her blogger profile here.

Sam Brody (Ph.D. 2013) is an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Kansas University. He studied Political and Social Thought and Middle-Eastern Studies at the University of Virginia before turning his attention to the study of traditional Jewish sources at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, where he received his MA. His Ph.D. in the History of Judaism is from the University of Chicago Divinity School, where he focused on the modern German-Jewish intellectual tradition, while also studying philosophical hermeneutics, Christian exegesis, and varying conceptions of the relationship between religion and politics. See his blogger profile here.

Spencer Dew (Ph.D. 2009) is an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Centenary College of Louisiana. A regular reviewer for Rain Taxi Review of Books, and a Staff Book Reviewer for decomP magazine, his fiction and essays have appeared in scores of publications, including art reviews in Newcity Chicago and Chicago Artists' News. He is currently researching the history of the Moorish Science Temple of America. See his blogger profile here.

Rick Elgendy (Ph.D. 2014) is a Visiting Professor of Public Theology at Wesley Theological Seminary. He is a public theologian, drawing on sources in systematic theology, political theology, and critical theory.  He is currently working on a book that outlines a Christian theology of power by means of a comparison between Karl Barth and Michel Foucault, as well as an edited volume on the concept of authority in political theology. See his blogger profile here.

Lauren Osborne (Ph.D. 2014) is an Assistant Professor of Religion at Whitman College. Her current research is on the recitation of the Qur'an and the possibilities for understanding meaning across the sound and experience of the text. In this research, she employs both hermeneutic and ethnographic methods, drawing on her background in religious studies and music. In both her research and her teaching, she is also interested in non-discursive meaning in religious texts and experience, mysticism (particularly its literary aesthetics), Jews and Muslims in medieval Andalusia, and music and religion. See her blogger profile here.

2014-15 Inaugural Blogger in Virtual Residence 

Rebecca Raphael, a graduate of the Divinity School (Ph.D. 1997), is NEH Distinguished Teaching Professor and Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Philosophy at Texas State University. Her scholarship encompasses religion and literature, biblical studies, classics, disability studies, and film. The author of Biblical Corpora: Representations of Disability in Hebrew Biblical Literature (T. & T. Clark, 2008), she is currently working on a book that examines anomalous bodies in Second Temple apocalypses. She is also a poet and amateur musician.