Full-Time Faculty

Michael Alexander, Director of Graduate Studies
Associate Professor & Maimonides Endowed Chair in Jewish Studies
INTN 2038
Areas of specialization: Modern Judaism, American Religions

Muhamad Ali
Associate Professor
INTN 2018
(951) 827-5111
Areas of specialization: Islam in Southeast Asia; Qur’anic exegesis; Comparative Muslim societies; Transmission of Islamic Knowledge; religious pluralism; Islamic movements and politics

Ana Bajželj, Director of Undergraduate Studies
Associate Professor and Shrimad Rajchandra Endowed Chair in Jain Studies
INTN 2022
(951) 827-9173
Areas of specialization: Jainism, South Asian Religions, South Asian Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Metaphysics, Ethics

Paul Chang
Assistant Professor
INTN 2016
(951) 827-5986
Areas of specialization: Global/World Christianity, Christianity in China, History of Christian thought, Missions

Matthew King
Associate Professor
INTN 2042
(951) 827-7971
Areas of specialization: Transnational Buddhism; Religion in Tibet and Mongolia; Buddhist Monastic Historiography; Buddhism and Politics, Science, and Economics; the Global Circulation of Knowledge about Buddhism and Buddhist Peoples

Amanda Lucia
Associate Professor
INTN 2034
(951) 827-2137
Areas of specialization: Modern Hinduism; American Religions; New Religious Movements; Gender Theory; Immigration and Ethnicity; Transnationalism and Globalization; Postcolonial theory and Ethnographic methodology

Pashaura Singh
Professor & Jasbir Singh Saini Endowed Chair of Sikh and Punjabi Studies
INTN 2026 & INTN 2046
(951) 827-1251 Chair phone
(951) 827-6444 Faculty phone
Areas of specialization: Textual Criticism: Canon Formation and Hermeneutics, Historical Analysis: Historically-grounded critical method based upon contextual depth, Sikh Studies: Religion, History and Society, Indian Studies: Religion in Modern India, Punjabi Language: Modern and classical/scriptural (Sacred Language of the Sikhs)

Melissa M. Wilcox, Department Chair
Professor and Holstein Family and Community Chair in Religious Studies
INTN 2046
(951) 827-7969
Areas of specialization: Queer and transgender studies in religion; gender and religion; religion and social power; intersectional gender, feminist, and queer theory; transnational religion and gender and queer politics; social scientific and cultural studies in religion; new religious movements; performance and ritual studies.

Emeritus Faculty

  • Joel Martin
  • Vivian-Lee Nyitray
  • Ivan Strenski