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For students who know the REL faculty in their classrooms, it may come as a bit of a surprise to learn that their teachers have rather active research and writing lives of their own. In particular, the Fall 2007 semester has been especially productive for the faculty in terms of their work outside the classroom.

For example...

Assistant Prof. Ramey's first book manuscript--a thoroughly revised version of his doctoral dissertation--has just been contracted by Palgrave Macmillan Press. Apart from two peer review articles published in his first year at UA (2006-7) he presented a paper at November 2007's American Academy of Religion (AAR) national conference in San Diego and he is also completing the development of a new online version of his popular REL 220 course.

Just back from the San Diego AAR, Associate Prof. Trost's edited collection of essays--based on papers first presented at the Department's 2005 conference on the spread of African religions, for which he was the lead organizer--will soon be published by Palgrave Macmillan. Trost, who is also the Department's undergraduate advisor, is also developing a new online version of our distance education section of REL 112. During 2005-6 Trost was on sabbatical and continues to work with the research materials gathered during his time away from teaching.

Prof. McCutcheon, who lectured this Fall at the University of Victoria and the Univesity of Colorado-Boulder, has just published a co-edited collection of essays , a book for the introductory course, and two articles: in the Journal of the American Academy of Religion (an essay that was the topic of a recent lunch discussion) and Method & Theory in the Study of Religion. He also recently learned that an essay of his published in 2006 in JAAR--the field's main journal--was ranked as one of its top 10 downloads for that year.




Assistant Prof. Marouan--who recently returned from a prestigious conference held in Salzburg, Austria--has not only had another peer review essay accepted for publication, this time with the Columbia Journal of American Studies, but also has a chapter due out soon in the edited collection of essays, The African Diaspora and the Study of Religion. These papers were originally presented at an international conference for young scholars organzed by the Department. In the summer of 2007 she was granted a research grant by the University and continues to work on revisions to her book manuscript.

Also just returned from attending the AAR and NAASR annual conference in San Diego, Assistant Prof. Murphy (who recently hosted a lunchtime discussion) not only has a collection of his own essays as well as an edited anthology on defining religion due out soon but has recently been awarded a contract for his second monograph with State University of New York Press. But it doesn't stop there--Murphy has a few other book projects percolating away.

Associate Professor Jacobs, who was recently at a Holocaust studies conference in Tennessee (where he was joined by two of our sudents), is about to go on sabbatical for the Spring 2008 semester. He plans to finish up several writing projects, including a new monograph, The Texts of Hate, do the final proofing on a collection of essays he's edited, Confronting Genocide, and also finalize the manuscript for his upcoming book, A Brief History of Judaism (Blackwell)


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