Program Information

Religion is a powerful and dynamic force, influencing and shaping the world in which we live in diverse and complex ways.  In the Department of Religion at Kalamazoo College, students learn about what it means to define religion as a field of inquiry.  We offer traditions-based courses in Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, other religions of South and East Asia, and religious traditions in the Americas.  We also offer courses on particular questions and methods, including religion and science, sexuality studies, women and feminist studies, material culture, transnationalism, and commodification.  In all of our courses and in our own areas of research, we are committed to investigations of religion and religious experiences from a variety of angles, including questions of theology, history, linguistics, sociology, anthropology, texts, and philosophy.  We examine religion in a comparative context, recognizing that religion reflects and is braided throughout economic, cultural, and political dimensions of human experience.  The study of religion is challenging and invigorating because of the intersections and exchanges that unfold across different disciplines, traditions, and faith commitments.


Jeffrey Haus, Professor of History and Religion; Director of Jewish Studies Program. BA University of Michigan PhD Brandeis University

Alyssa J. Maldonado-Estrada, Marie Crandall Francis Assistant Professor of Religion. BA Vassar College MA, PhD Princeton University

Taylor Petrey (Chair), Associate Professor of Religion. BA Pace University MTS, ThD Harvard University Divinity School

Sohini Pillai, Assistant Professor of Religion. BA Wellesley College, MA Columbia University, PhD University of California, Berkeley


  • The public is invited to hear from a best-selling author and professor of history and gender studies at Calvin University in the annual Thompson Lecture. The post Thompson Lecture Spotlights ‘Jesus and John Wayne’ Author appeared first on News and Events.
  • Assistant Professor of Religion Sohini Pillai will represent Kalamazoo College on Sunday in a YouTube lecture titled “The Multiplicity of the Mahabharata Tradition” that she will present through Karwaan: The Heritage Exploration Initiative. The post Lecture to Address Ancient India’s Mahabharata appeared first on News and Events.
  • Kalamazoo College is pleased to welcome the following faculty members to campus this fall. The post Kalamazoo College Welcomes New Faculty Members appeared first on News and Events.
  • When religion scholars share information about their research outside their academies, they help the general public understand matters of the sacred and the importance of religion and religious diversity in contemporary life. Enter Kalamazoo College Assistant Professor Alyssa Maldonado-Estrada. Sacred Writes, a network of religion scholars committed to helping a broad global audience understand the […]
  • A global expert in contemporary Islam will speak at a Kalamazoo College Religion Department virtual event about a prolific figure in Pakistani music whose voice empowered queer identities. Amanullah De Sondy, a senior lecturer at University College Cork in Ireland and an affiliate of the University of Glasgow’s Department of Theology and Religious Studies, will […]