Missouri State University

Department of Religious Studies

Faculty and Staff

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Faculty in the department of religious studies travel the globe carrying out original research to advance the field and enhance their courses. They have published numerous books and articles, and regularly present their work at national and international conferences. They are committed to acquiring and disseminating knowledge for the benefit of their students, professional colleagues and community. Check out the recent faculty accomplishments.

Dr. Leslie A. Baynes

Dr. Leslie A. Baynes

Associate Professor

LBaynes@MissouriState.edu
Phone: 417-836-5491

Research and professional interests: Second Temple Judaism and early Christianity; New Testament; Jewish and Christian apocalyptic literature; Enoch; Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity and literature; C. S. Lewis

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Dr. Stephen C. Berkwitz

Research and professional interests: Buddhist studies; Theravada Buddhism; Sinhala and Pali literature; South Asian religions; religion and colonialism

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Dr. Martha L. Finch

Dr. Martha L. Finch

Associate Professor
Graduate Director

Research and professional interests: American religious history, early New England studies, religion and the body, ritual studies, food and religion, religion and dress

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Dr. Mark D. Given

Dr. Mark D. Given

Associate Professor

Research and professional interests: Biblical Studies; Early Christian History and Literature; Paul; Apocalypticism; Greco-Roman Philosophy and Rhetoric; Postmodern Biblical Criticism

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Lora J. Hobbs

Lora J. Hobbs

Senior Instructor

Research and professional interests: Women in religions; scholarship of teaching (student motivation; teacher’s role in student engagement, autonomy and competence; student motivation and success as face-to-face time decreases and technology increases)

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Dr. J. E. Llewellyn

Dr. J. E. Llewellyn

Professor
Professor

Research and professional interests: South Asian religions, contemporary Hinduism, women in Hinduism, fundamentalism in world religions

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Dr. Victor H. Matthews

Research and professional interests: Hebrew Bible, Social World of Ancient Israel, Ancient Law

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Dr. James C. Moyer

Research and professional interests: Old Testament/Hebrew Bible especially Psalms and Wisdom Literature, History of Israel, Archaeology and the Bible

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Dr. Kathy J. Pulley

Research and professional interests: Women and religion (Evangelicals and Stone-Campbell movement); relationships between religion, culture, and politics

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Dr. Micki A. Pulleyking

Research and professional interests: Philosophy of religion especially continental thought, theodicy and meaning construction; gender studies with attention given to women and fundamentalism

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Dr. Austra Reinis

Dr. Austra Reinis

Associate Professor

Research and professional interests: German Reformation; various genres of German Lutheran preaching in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries

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Dr. John A. Schmalzbauer

Dr. John A. Schmalzbauer

Associate Professor
Blanche Gorman Strong Chair in Protestant Studies

Research and professional interests: Religion and American culture, Evangelicalism, religion in higher education, popular culture and religion, campus ministry, Ozarks religion

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Dr. John T. Strong

Research and professional interests: Prophetic literature of the Hebrew bible; Syro/Palestinian archaeology

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Jane E. Terry

Jane E. Terry

Academic Administrative Assistant II

Research and professional interests: Old Testament/Hebrew Bible, Poetry in the Hebrew Bible

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