Religion Program



Because the academic study of religion is an interdisciplinary field, our faculty use a wide variety of disciplinary approaches, including anthropological, historical, literary, and philosophical approaches.  Our faculty research and teach primarily about Biblical studies, Christian thought, and East Asian religions.

(L-R: Dr. Richey, Dr. Smith, Dr. Pool)

Dr. Jeff B. Pool, Eli Lilly Chair in Religion and Culture and Professor of Religion

Dr. Jeffrey L. Richey, Francis Alexander McGaw Chair in Religion and Professor of Religion and Asian Studies (on sabbatical leave, 2016-17)

Dr. Duane A. Smith, Eli Lilly Chair in Religion, Associate Professor of Religion, and Chair of Religion Program


Michelle Tooley memorial service 6 16 15

The Religion Program is saddened to report the passing of our beloved colleague (2003-2015), Dr. Michelle Tooley, on May 26, 2015.  Obituaries and appreciations may be read here, here, and here.





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