Center for the Study of World Religions

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The Center for the Study of World Religions (CSWR) "is an academic community for interdisciplinary, international, and interreligious exchange, learning, research, and dialogue. Through conferences, symposia, film series, public lectures, and faculty research projects, it brings the rich intellectual resources of faculty and students across the schools and departments of Harvard University to bear on the forms and issues of the world's religions in today's complex, global, and changing world." [1]

Advisory Board and Executive Council

Accessed January 2009: [2]

  • Susan Abraham - Assistant Professor of Ministry Studies (HDS)
  • Leila Ahmed - Victor S. Thomas Professor of Divinity (HDS)
  • John Berthrong - Associate Professor of Comparative Theology and Deputy Director of the Division of Religious and Theological Studies, Boston University
  • Ann Braude* - Senior Lecturer on American Religious History and Director of the Women's Studies in Religion Program (HDS)
  • Francis Clooney* - Parkman Professor of Divinity and Professor of Comparative Theology (HDS)
  • Diana Eck - Professor of Comparative Religion and Indian Studies (HDS and FAS) and Director, Pluralism Project
  • Janet Gyatso - Hershey Professor of Buddhist Studies (HDS)
  • Charles Hallisey* - Senior Lecturer on Buddhist Studies (HDS)
  • Arthur Kleinman - Esther and Sidney Rabb Professor, Department of Anthropology (FAS) and Professor of Medical Anthropology in Social Medicine and Professor of Psychiatry, (HMS)
  • Smita Lahiri - Associate Professor of Social Anthropology (FAS)
  • Anne Monius* - Professor of South Asian Religions (HDS)
  • Jacob Olupona - Professor of African Religious Traditions (HDS) and Professor of African and African American Studies (FAS)
  • Kimberley C. Patton - Professor of the Comparative and Historical Study of Religion (HDS)
  • Michael Puett - Professor of Chinese History (FAS)
  • Jonathan Schofer - Associate Professor of Comparative Ethics (HDS)
  • Jane I. Smith - Senior Lecturer in Divinity and Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs (HDS)
  • Ronald Thiemann - Bussey Professor of Theology (HDS)
  • Monica D. Toft - Associate Professor of Public Policy (KSG) and Assistant Director of the Olin Institute for Strategic Studies at the Weatherhead Center
  • Tu Weiming - Harvard-Yenching Professor of Chinese History and Philosophy and of Confucian Studies and Director, Harvard-Yenching Institute (FAS)

(* Member of the Executive Council)



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  1. About, Center for the Study of World Religions, accessed January 9, 2009.
  2. Advisory Board and Executive Council, Center for the Study of World Religions, accessed January 9, 2009.