Department chair: Steven Sacks | Contact info
Associate Professor of Religion
Teaches courses in Judaic Studies and Comparative Religion, including Hebrew Bible, Issues in Contemporary Judaism, The Islamic Path, and Religions of China and Japan. He has also developed study abroad courses in Laos, Mongolia, and Morocco. Professor Sacks is the author of “Midrash and Multiplicity: Pirke de-Rabbi Eliezer and the Reinvention of Rabbinic Interpretive Cultures” (Walter De Gruyter, 2009), as well as articles in Spiritual Dimensions of Judaism and Interpretation, Religion, and Culture in Midrash and Beyond. As an undergraduate, Sacks took advantage of a study program in India and has since returned to India several times and has traveled extensively in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. Ph.D., University of Chicago Divinity School; B.A., Grinnell College.
Assistant Professor of Religion
He will teach courses in New Testament, the History of Christianity, and Comparative Religion, with attention given to the intersection of religion, politics, ethics, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality. His book, “Civilized Piety: The Rhetoric of Pietas in the Pastoral Epistles and the Roman Empire” (Baylor University Press, 2017), brings together his research interests in early Christianity, Greco-Roman archaeology, ancient philosophy, and critical theory. Most recently, Hoklotubbe was a postdoctoral faculty Fellow in Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University in California. He holds the Th.D. and M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Professor of Religion Emeritus
Professor of Religion. A.B., Grinnell College; M.A., Episcopal Divinity School; Ph.D., Boston College-Andover Newton Theological School.