March Madness is an opportunity for college basketball fans to look around the United States at teams that they don’t usually follow and learn about players, coaches, and stories. At Global Theology, I wanted to take a look at the faculty teaching in religious studies, theology, Biblical studies, and related fields to form my own “bracket”. Each person highlighted has a brief description (usually from the school’s department page) and link to a blog, article, video, or book where you can learn more about them.
Kentucky (5): David Bradshaw
David Bradshaw is a professor of philosophy and department chair at the University of Kentucky and an Orthodox theologian. His research focuses on the ways that ancient Greek philosophy shaped medieval philosophy and religious thought, and how these, in turn, contributed to the formation of modernity. Most of his work to date has been on the philosophical roots of the division between the Greek-speaking (eastern) and Latin-speaking (western) branches of Christianity. His more recent work has continued this comparative study with respect to other issues such as divine freedom, time and eternity, the nature of the will, and free will and predestination.
Nevada (7): Katharine Schweitzer
Katharine Schweitzer is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Nevada, Reno whose research covers social and poltical philosophy, ethics, and feminist philosophy. Her dissertation, “Principled Compromise in Theorizing about Justice” (Emory University, May 2014), focused on how to understand and resolve conflicts of values, especially those which are associated with the ideals of liberal democracy and postulates how to respond to disagreement about the basic principles of justice. Without a nuanced understanding of principled compromise, theorists lack a key resource for negotiating the diversity of moral, religious, and metaphysical beliefs and values.
Kansas State (9): Nicolette Manglos-Weber
Dr. Manglos-Weber studies the connections between religion, politics, and global inequalities with a focus on how religious memberships shape patterns of social trust and political engagement. She is also an eclectic methodologist, who combines ethnographic and interview work with quantitative survey data analysis.
Manglos-Weber is currently revising a book manuscript on migration, religion, and social trust based on ethnographic research within a West African church in Chicago, IL.
Personal web site and list of publications (website)
Loyola-Chicago (11): Tisha Rajendra
Tisha Rajendra specializes in Christian ethics and Roman Catholic social thought at Loyola University Chicaho. Her current work uses Catholic social thought and liberation theology to address questions of migration, human rights and state sovereignty under conditions of globalization.
Myths and Migrants, a discussion of her book Migrants and Citizens: Justice and Responsibility in the Ethics of Immigration (article)