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Religious Studies

Religious Studies Faculty Profiles

Michael Bathgate

Michael Bathgate
Ph.D., Associate Professor

Dr. Bathgate teaches courses in non-western religious traditions, as well as selected topics in the comparative study of religion.  His research has focused on Japanese religious history, with particular interest in the meanings and uses of narrative in popular religious discourse. He is the author of The Fox's Craft in Japanese Religion and Folklore: Shapeshifters, Transformations and Duplicities.  His current research concerns the doctrinal significance of sacred biography in the Japanese tradition of Pure Land Buddhism.

Aaron Canty

Aaron Canty
Ph.D., Associate Professor

Dr. Canty teaches courses in historical and systematic theology. His current research focuses on the development of medieval Christology, eschatology and scriptural exegesis. He has published Light and Glory: The Transfiguration of Christ in Early Franciscan and Dominican Theology (Catholic University of America Press, 2011) and an edition of excerpts from John of La Rochelle's commentaries on the Synoptic Gospels (in Archivum Franciscanum Historicum). He is currently working on a study of scholastic eschatology.

Avis Clendenen

Avis Clendenen
D.Min., Ph.D., Professor

Dr. Clendenen teaches courses in the areas of pastoral and practical theology.  She is co-author with Sister Irene Dugan, r.c. of Love Is All Around in Disguise: Meditations for Spiritual Seekers, editor of Spirituality in Depth, and co-author with Tory Marin of Forgiveness: Finding Freedom through Reconciliation.  She is a regular contributor to the journal Lectionary Homiletics and is currently completing a study, Experiencing Hildegard: Jungian Insights into the Spiritual Vision of 12th Century Hildegard of Bingen.

Troy W. Martin

Troy Martin
Ph.D., Professor

Dr. Martin teaches courses in Biblical Studies. In addition to numerous articles, he has published Metaphor and Composition in 1 Peter and By Philosophy and Empty Deceit: Colossians as a Response to a Cynic Critique, and, with Avis Clendenen, is co-author of Forgiveness: Finding Freedom through Reconciliation. He is currently engaged in research that illustrates how ancient medical texts inform biblical anthropology.

Michael O'Keeffe

Michael O'Keeffe
Ph.D., Associate Professor

Dr. O'Keeffe teaches courses in systematic theology and Christianity and contemporary culture. He has published articles on Trinitarian theology and Christology and is currently working on a study of the images of the priest in film.

Kathleen Waller

Kathleen Waller
Ph.D., Associate Professor

Dr. Waller teaches courses in the area of Christian ethics, Christianity and contemporary culture, systematic theology and spiritual autobiography. She is currently working on a manuscript in biblical authority and a study of the life and work of Maria Stewart.