Mathew N. Schmalz, College of the Holy Cross
Mathew N. Schmalz is professor of religious studies at the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts. He received his B. A. from Amherst College and his Ph.D. in history of religions from the University of Chicago. Schmalz has been awarded Century, Watson, Fulbright-Hays, and American Institute of Indian Studies fellowships. He has published over fifty articles and essays that engage global Catholicism (particularly in South Asia), Catholic theology and spirituality, Mormonism, and the Watchtower movement. He is co-editor of Engaging South Asian Religions: Boundaries, Appropriations, and Resistances (SUNY, 2012, with Peter Gottschalk) and author of a memoir: Mercy Matters: Opening Yourself to the Life Changing Gift (OSV, 2016). Schmalz also has written over one hundred opinion pieces that have appeared in The Conversation, Newsweek, Salon, the LA Times, Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, Commonweal, On Faith, Crux, US News & World Report, and the National Catholic Reporter. He has provided expert commentary to the New York Times, USA Today, Good Morning America, NPR, CNBC, Hardball with Chris Matthews, Slate, and the BBC. In addition to being founding editor of the Journal of Global Catholicism, he serves on the editorial boards of Asian Horizons, Christian Higher Education, and Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought. He is a grateful husband and father.He also has a large standard poodle, a pot-belly pig, and a gecko.
Marc Roscoe Loustau, College of the Holy Cross
Marc Roscoe Loustau is a visiting lecturer and postdoctoral fellow in the Religious Studies Department at the College of the Holy Cross. He received a doctoral degree in religious studies in 2015 and a masters of divinity in 2006, both from Harvard Divinity School. He graduated with honors with a bachelor of arts in social anthropology from Reed College in 2000. He is currently preparing a book manuscript and proposal based on three years of ethnographic and archival research at the Șumuleu Ciuc (Hu: Csíksomlyó) pilgrimage site in Transylvania, Romania. In addition to several book reviews, Loustau is the author of an article forthcoming in the Journal of Contemporary Religion: “Risking a Miracle: Transcendentally-Oriented Improvisation and Catholic Charismatics’ Involvement in a Transylvanian Canonization,” and “‘Our Priest Shouldn’t Be Harmed!’” Vulnerability and the Mass in Transylvanian Charismatic Catholicism,” under review at Numen. He is the recipient of multiple awards and research grants, including a Dissertation Finishing Grant from the Panel on Theological Education (2013), and East European Language Training Grant from American Council of Learned Societies (2011) a Frederick Knox Traveling Fellowship from Harvard University (2009) and a John L. Loeb Fellowship from Harvard Divinity School (2009). He currently teaches courses on Global Catholicism, Ethnographic Research Methods, and Charismatic and Pentecostal Christianities.
Teresia Hinga, Santa Clara University
Teresia Hinga is associate professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Santa Clara University. She received a bachelor of education in English literature and religious studies and an M.A. in religious studies from Nairobi University, and a Ph.D. in religious studies, focusing on gender in African Christianity, from Lancaster University, England. Her scholarly/research interests include women and religion as well as religion and the public square. She is a founding member of the African Association for the Study of Religion and the Circle of Concerned Women Theologians. She has taught in various places in Africa and the United States including Kenyatta University, Nairobi; the Illiff School of Theology, Denver; Harvard Divinity School; and DePaul University. She was recently involved in a collaborative research project on Women, Religion and Transitional Justice with case studies that included Rwanda and Post-Apartheid South Africa. Her latest publications include a volume on Afro-theo-ethics: African, Christian, Feminist: The Enduring Search for What Matters (Orbis Books, 2017) and a chapter titled,“Of Rainbow Nations, Kente Cloth, and the Virtue of Pluralism: Navigating the Beauty and Dignity of Difference in Search Of a Livable Future in Africa” in Finding Beauty In The Other: Theological Reflections Across Religious Traditions, Peter Cassarella and Mun’im Sirry, eds. (Crossroads, 2017).
Eunice Kamaara, Moi University, Kenya
Eunice Kamaara is professor of African Christian ethics at Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya. She holds a doctorate in African Christian ethics and an M.Sc. in international health research ethics. Her research interest is largely in interpretive methods with interdisciplinary perspectives: ethical, medical, socio-anthropological, theological, and gender approaches to religion and development in contemporary Africa. She is interested in the relationship between ethics and religion/spirituality, on one hand, and, sustainable human development on the other. She is particularly interested in translating research findings into practical development through policy influence and community research uptake. Individually and with others, she has carried out major research projects, published, and implemented the findings. She has presented hundreds of papers in local and international forums and has over 100 publications including books, book chapters, training manuals, refereed journal articles, and reviews. She is a trainer of trainers in research methodology, research ethics and policy, higher education management, as well as in gender studies. She has received several awards and has consulted for national and international organizations including the World Bank, Church World Service (CWS), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) the World Council of Churches (WCC), the Association of African Women in Research and Development (AAWORD), and lately, the Templeton World Charity Foundation Inc., among others. Eunice currently serves on the international Board of Directors of Church World Service toward ending hunger and facilitating global peace and in the Ethics Review Board of Medecines Sans Frotieres (MSF ERB).
Danielle Kane, College of the Holy Cross
Danielle Kane is associate director for communications of the Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J. Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture at the College of the Holy Cross. She is the web manager for Catholics & Cultures, editing all content and producing all multimedia for the site. A seasoned nonprofit communications professional, she has authored and edited award-winning museum publications for the Worcester Art Museum and EcoTarium and garnered regional, national and international press for these institutions. She also has served as editor of the Westford Eagle and the Littleton Independent, which won a first-place general excellence award from the New England Press Association and a merit award from the New England Newspaper Association during her tenure. Kane, who holds a B.S. in communications from Ithaca College, is raising two sons with her husband in Brookfield, Massachusetts.
Magdalena Lubanska, University of Warsaw
Magdalena Lubanska is an anthropologist of religion and assistant professor in the Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Warsaw. Her main research areas include anthropology of Catholicism in Poland and Ukraine, anthropology of Orthodox Christianity and Islam in post-Ottoman territories, religious (anti)syncretism, sacrificial rites, embodied religion, sensory religious imageries, agency of things, healing practices, material religion, secularization and postsecularism. She is the author of the books: Muslims and Christians in the Bulgarian Rhodopes: Studies on Religious (Anti)syncretism (2015; https://www.degruyter.com/view/product/458709), Popular Soteriology of Muslims (Pomaks) and Orthodox Christians from the Chepelare Region in Bulgaria [in Bulgarian] (Sofia 2005), and the editor of the book Religious Life of Eastern Rite Christians on Polish-Ukrainian Borderland [in polish] (Warsaw 2007). Her articles were published in peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of Ethnology and Folkloristis, Anthropological Journal of European Cultures, Ethnologia Balkanica, Slavia Meridionalis, Lud and Ethnologia Polona. She was the principal investigator in the prestigious research grant "Sonata" form the National Science Centre in Poland entitled: Anthropological Theories and Social-Religious Life of Orthodox Believers in Local Communities of Eastern and South-Eastern Europe. Working Group: Centre for Anthropological Studies on Orthodox Christianity (2012-2016) and currently she is the principal investigator in another National Science Centre project Multisensory Religious Imageries in Selected Catholic Shrines in South-Eastern Poland (2014-2017). Recently she found her passion in making creative ethnographic documentary movies.
Kerry P. C. San Chirico, Villanova University
Kerry P. C. San Chirico is assistant professor of interfaith and interreligious studies at Villanova University. Born and raised in Monterey, California, he holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Santa Clara University, and masters degrees from Princeton Seminary, Rutgers University, St. Vladimir’s Seminary, and Boston College. He holds a doctorate in religious studies (South Asian religions) from the University of California, Santa Barbara. With expertise in Indian religions and global Christianities, his scholarly interests include South Asian bhakti, vernacular Hinduisms, inter-religious interaction and exchange, and theory and method in the study of religion. Recent publications include the chapter “Religion in the Practice of Daily Life in India” in the multi-volume series Religion and Everyday Life and Culture (Praeger, 2010) and “Between Christian and Hindu: Khrist Bhaktas, Catholics, and the Negotiation of Devotion in the Banaras Region” in Constructing Indian Christianities (Routledge India, 2014). He is co-editor of the forthcoming book Hagiography and Religious Truth (Bloomsbury), which explores sanctity across religious traditions. Currently the Secretary of the Society for Hindu-Christian Studies, San Chirico resides in Narberth, Pennsylvania with his wife and three daughters.
Bernhard Udelhoven, Society of the Missionaries of Africa
Bernhard Udelhoven, born 1968 in Trier, Germany, is a Catholic priest (ordained in 1996) and a member of the Society of the Missionaries of Africa. He has lived in Zambia since 1989, working in the Luapula Province, the Luangwa Valley and in Lusaka. He studied theology (Trier: 1987-1989 and London: 1992-1996) and social anthropology (London: 2002-2003). Presently he works in St. Lawrence Parish, Misisi Compound, Lusaka. He has written about Zambian interpretations of dreams and prophecies, challenges to the Christian faith in the Luangwa Valley, the history of the Bena Kabende in the Luapula Province, and the changing face of the Christian landscape in Bauleni Compound/ Lusaka. He is author of Unseen Worlds: Dealing with Spirits, Witchcraft, and Satanism (Lusaka: FENZA Publications, 2016) and co-author with Gotthard Roser and Patrick Mumbi of Dreams: Where Do Biblical, Zambian and Western Approach Meet? (Lusaka: FENZA Publications, 2013). Both publications are available at http://www.fenza.org/publications.html.