Faculty News and Research

Professor Mayra Rivera. Photo: Courtesy Mayra Rivera

The Coloniality of Apocalypse

March 31, 2021
Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Religion and Latinx Studies Mayra Rivera and Drew University Professor Catherine Keller reflect on "the end of the world," "climate apocalypse," and the aftermath of Hurricane María.
Professor Catherine Brekus

Salem, 1692

March 18, 2021
HDS Professor Catherine Brekus discusses the Salem Witch Hunt and talks about what leads a close-knit community to turn against each other—and draws some uncomfortable parallels with our own moment, from conspiracy theories to the demonization of opponents, especially women.
Professor David Carrasco

The Mexican Angels in the Attic

March 11, 2021
In a new essay, Professor Davíd Carrasco tells the story of his personal and academic encounters with religion and spirituality.
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Radicalization and Religion: How It Happens?

March 4, 2021

"People are not more fervent believers than they used to be, but their identification to religion has certainly shifted, creating a conjunction of religious and political identities that facilitate political mobilization and sometimes radical actions," writes T. J. Dermot Dunphy Visiting Professor of Religion, Violence, and Peacebuilding Jocelyne Cesari.

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Neoliberalism and Ambient Apocalypse

March 4, 2021

HDS Professor Todne Thomas and Columbia University Professor Courtney Bender consider the big destructive events or scenes associated with the end times with more subtle infrastructural degradations, moral shifts from government to citizen, deregulation and decentralization.