Department of Religious Studies

Faculty and Staff

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For Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research: Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research 

Department Secretary

Kathleen Jewell

Phone: 902-420-5823
Fax: 902-491-6286
Room: MN508

Office Hours:

September 1 to May 30 - Mon to Fri - 8:00 am to 12 noon and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

June 1 to August 31: Mon to Fri - 8:00 am to 12 noon and 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Full-time Professors




Dr. Magi Abdul-Masih 

Chair in Catholic Studies, Associate Professor

B.A. (Bryn Mawr), M.A. (Johns Hopkins), Ph.D. (Johns Hopkins), M.Div. (University of St. Michael's), Ph.D. (University of St. Michael's) 

Research Areas: The Catholic Church Today; Contemporary Religions in the Middle East; Orientalism


 Dr. Syed Adnan Hussain

Assistant Professor

B.A.( McGill), M.T.S (Candler School of Theology at Emory University), J.D. (Emory), A.B.D (Univeristy of Toronto)

 Research areas: Islam in South Asia, Political Islam, Modern Islam, Film, Queer Studies, Colonialism and Postcolonialism.

Co-Chair, American Academy of Religion: Colonialism, Postcolonialism and Religion Section

Steering Committee: American Academy of Religion: Religion, Film, and Visual Culture Group.

Email: syedadnan.hussain [at]  


Dr. Alexander Soucy


Associate Professor

B.A. (Concordia), M.A. (Concordia), Ph.D. (The Australian National University)

Research Areas: Anthropology of Religion; Vietnamese Buddhism; Buddhism in Canada; Gender and Religion

Dr. Sailaja Krishnamurti


BA (York University)

MA (University of Victoria)

PhD (York University)


Research and teaching areas: religious traditions in the South Asian diaspora; migration, race, and religion in Canada; religion, gender, and sexuality; religious traditions in the African diaspora; religion, literature, and popular culture; religion and comics; children, religion, and education






Dr. Mary Hale

Assistant Professor

B.A. (Cal State - Long Beach); M.Div. (Boston University);PhD (Concordia University, Montreal)

Courses: Love, Death, Introduction to Western Traditions, Religion and Social Issues in Canada

Research Interests: Interrelatedness of Religion and Politics in Canada; Secularization in Canada; Judaism; Religion and Food; Religion and Education.

Professor Emerutus (Retired)


Dr. Paul Bowlby

B.A. (McMaster), M.A. (McMaster), Ph.D. (McMaster) 

Research Areas: Religious Diversity in Canada; Religions and Multiculturalism; Religious Traditions of Asia 


Dr. Anne Marie Dalton  

B.Sc. (Memorial), B.Ed. (Memorial), M.A. (Fordham), Ph.D. (Catholic University of America) 

Research Areas: Religion and Culture; Religion and Ecology; Religion and Gender, Religion and International Development. 

Dr. Terry Murphy

Professor Emeritus in Religious Studies

Research Areas: Religions in Canada and Atlantic Canada

Dr. Emero Stiegman

Professor Emeritus in Religious Studies

Dr. Stiegman was an outstanding teacher in Religious Studies for over twenty-five years. He continues his study and academic work on St. Bernard in retirement and continues as a good friend to the Department he served so well.

Part-time Faculty


Dr. Wendell Eisener

B.Mus. (Acadia), M.Div. (Wilfrid Laurier); M.A. (Acadia), S.T.D. (St. Elias Orthodox Seminary)

Courses: Introduction to Religious Studies; Introduction to Religious Experience


Wynne Jordan

B.A. (Saint Mary's), M.A. (Queen's)
Courses: Love, Religion in Contemporary Culture


Dr. David Sable

B.A. (Columbia), M.A. (Columbia), Ph.D. (Dalhousie)

Courses: The Buddhist Religious Tradition; Spirituality and Work; Spirituality in the Workplace; The Buddhist Path: Ritual, Meditation and Wisdom


Dr. Chris Cutting

B.A. English Literature (Saint Mary's), B.A. Religious Studies (Saint Mary's), M.A. Religion and Culture ( Wilfrid Laurier University), Ph.D. Candidate: Religious Diversity in North America (University of Waterloo).

Research Areas: Sociology of Religion, Immigrant Religious Diversity in Canada and Multiculturalism, Religion and Public Policy, Islam in North America. (Doctoral dissertation is on the so-called “Sharia debate” that took place in Ontario between 2003 and 2005).

Courses Taught: Death (SMU), Love (MSVU), Evil (UW), Field Research on Religions (SMU), Religion and Film (STFX), Sociology of Religion (STFX), Global Perspectives on Religion and Public Policy (Global Studies Department WLU), Political Approaches in Culture and Religion in Canada (Political Science Department WLU), Global Conflict and the Search for Peace (Global Studies Department WLU), Global Migrations and Refugees (Global Studies Department WLU).