College of Humanities & Social Sciences


Kimberly Lynn (2006)

Professor and Chair
Ph.D. History, Johns Hopkins University
Office: BH 152A ~ Phone: 360-650-4869 ~ E-Mail:


Fall 2019 Office Hours: On professional leave fall quarter

Kimberly Lynn’s primary expertise is in the history of early modern Europe and the Iberian world. In both her teaching and research, she is particularly interested in the question of Empire and in the intersecting histories of ideas, religion, and culture.  She has conducted research in numerous archives in Spain and Italy, and in Mexico City. Her research has focused on some of the most infamous historical figures—Spanish inquisitors. She is interested in how inquisitorial careerism can illustrate the nature of empire in the early modern world.  She is the author of Between Court and Confessional: The Politics of Spanish Inquisitors (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013).  She also edited The Early Modern Hispanic World: Transnational and Interdisciplinary Approaches (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2017).   PDF icon Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Ethan BushelleEthan Bushelle (2018)

Assistant Professor
Ph.D. Japanese Religions and Literature, Harvard University
Office: BH 418F ~ Phone: 360-650-7761 ~ E-Mail:


Fall 2019 Office Hours: By appointment

Ethan Bushelle is a scholar of East Asian religions and culture. In both his teaching and research, he explores the role religion plays in shaping the way people understand their world and their place in it. He is currently working on a book project that attempts to clarify the impact that Buddhism had on the development of classical Japanese culture and society from the sixth through twelfth centuries. Prof. Bushelle teaches courses on East Asian religions and culture in both Liberal Studies and the Program in East Asian Studies. In 2018-19 academic year, he will teach “Buddhism” in the Fall and “Zen” and “Humanities of Japan” in the Winter.


Holly Folk (2007)

Associate Professor
Ph.D. Religious Studies, Indiana University
Office: BH 158 ~ Phone: 360-650-6875 ~ E-Mail:


Fall 2019 Office Hours: On professional leave fall quarter

Holly Folk is a historian who studies 19th and 20th-century American religion and culture. Her research addresses a variety of social movements that fall outside the ‘mainstream’, including new religions, communes and utopias, anarchism, and alternative medicine. At WWU she teaches courses in theory and methods, American religious history, and modern world religion. Folk wrote the volume on New Religious Movements that is part of the World Religions database to be published by Infobase / Facts on File. A monograph based on her dissertation, Vertebral Vitalism: The Birth of Chiropractic, is under contract with UNC Press, with anticipated publication in 2017. She has served on the board of the Communal Studies Association since 2010.


Andrea Gogröf (1995)

Professor and interim Chair Fall 2019
Ph.D. Comparative Literature, University of Washington
Office: BH 168 ~ Phone: 360-650-4770 ~ E-Mail:


Fall 2019 Office Hours: By appointment

Andrea Gogröf’s main area of interest is comparative literature and philosophy with a focus on romanticism and modernity. She is the author of Defining Modernism: Baudelaire and Nietzsche on Romanticism, Modernity, Decadence, and Richard Wagner, and has continued to publish on Baudelaire and Nietzsche as well as on the Austrian writer Peter Handke and the Austrian director Michael Haneke. Her research uses an interdisciplinary approach that links sociological discourse with literature and literary theory to explore representations of hygiene.  In modern literature the topic of hygiene became a site for expressing many cultural anxieties evoked by new theoretical and practical problems of modernity. Another interest of research is a critical examination of the systematic proliferation of surveillance technologies as they contribute to a perceivable erosion of the distinction between the public and private sphere in people’s professional and personal lives. Her teaching includes courses on the relationship between Enlightenment and Romanticism, psychoanalysis and representations of otherness, critical and literary theory, literature and film.  Publications


Jonathan Miran (2003)

Ph.D. History, Michigan State University
Office: BH 166 ~ Phone: 360-650-4867 ~ E-Mail:


Fall 2019 Office Hours:  By appointment

Jonathan Miran is a historian of Africa and the Islamic world. His research focuses on the social, religious and cultural history of Muslims and their institutions and practices in Northeast Africa, especially Eritrea and Ethiopia. He has also developed interests in the history of the Red Sea region from a broader regional and maritime perspective that draws on and converses with trans-local, transregional and global history approaches.  Miran is the author of Red Sea Citizens: Cosmopolitan Society and Cultural Change in Massawa (Indiana U.P., 2009) and currently serves as General Editor of the journal Northeast African Studies.  He is also a member of several editorial boards, including the boards of Africa. Rivista semestrale di studi e ricerche, Arabian Humanities, Rassegna di Studi Etiopici,  and Rivista italiana di storia internazionale. Dr. Miran teaches classes on Islam and the Islamic world, on the history and cultural traditions of Africa, and on the Indian Ocean area.  PDF icon Publications


Seán Eisen Murphy (2002)

Associate Professor
Ph.D. Medieval Studies, Cornell University
Office: BH 160 ~ Phone: 360-650-4870 ~ E-Mail:


Fall 2019 Office Hours:  By appointment

Trained in history, philosophy, and literature, Seán Murphy is the Department’s specialist in the humanities of medieval Europe. His introductory courses explore the cultural history of the ancient world (HUMA 121) and medieval and early modern Europe (HUMA 122). At the advanced level, he teaches courses on the cultural history of Ireland (HUMA 327) and the epic and ancient Roman culture (the future HUMA 329, current HUMA 397A), as well as seminars on Dante (HUMA 302) and on the mutual influence of Jewish and Christian cultures in Europe, c. 1100-c. 1650 (HUMA 423). His research expertise is in twelfth- and thirteenth-century cultural conflict and its place in the formation of religious identity; he has a special interest in university intellectuals and their ideas about Judaism. He has published articles in Speculum:  A Journal of Medieval Studies, the American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly (Special Issue on Peter Abelard), the Journal of Medieval History, and the Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy.


Scott Pearce (1992)

Ph.D. History, Princeton University
Office: BH 156 ~ Phone: 360-650-3897 ~ E-Mail:


Fall 2019 Office Hours: By appointment

Trained in the history of China, inner Asia, and Japan, and in Chinese thought and religion, Scott Pearce specializes in the alien dynasties that ruled northern China during the 5th and 6th centuries AD. He currently is working on a book on the “great reformer” emperor, Xiaowen (r. 471-499), who refashioned his realm from an imposition by force of arms into a state that sought to rest upon the traditions of his conquered Chinese subjects. From this work come scholarly and teaching interests in many related issues, such as the encounter and interaction of cultures, the evolution of Buddhism in medieval China, military history, and the poetry of war.  


Daniel Picus (2018)

Assistant Professor
Ph.D. Religious Studies, Brown University

Office: BH     ~ Phone:       ~ E-Mail:  

Fall 2019 Office Hours:  Prof. Picus will join the department Fall 2020

Daniel Picus is a specialist in late antique Judaism and Christianity. He is interested in how ancient Jews and Christians read earlier texts, like the Hebrew Bible and New Testament. His current project, a continuation of his dissertation, examines rabbinic Jewish reading practices. He is particularly interested in the types of factors that affect how the rabbis broke larger texts into smaller pieces. He is chair of the Book History and Biblical Literatures program group in the Society of Biblical Literature, and deputy Judaism editor at the Ancient Jew Review.


Michael Slouber (2014)

Associate Professor
Ph.D. South and Southeast Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley
Office: BH 170 ~ Phone: 360-650-7649 ~ E-Mail:


Fall 2019 Office Hours: By appointment

Michael Slouber is a specialist in early medieval religions of India, and teaches a variety of courses in South Asian Studies and Religious Studies.  His introductory courses (HUMA 271 and REL 378; HNRS 105) emphasize an interdisciplinary approach to the humanities of Indian civilization, drawing on history, literature, religion, film, art, and ethnography.  He also teaches the topical courses “Fierce Goddesses of India” (REL 345) and “Traditional Indian Medicine” (HUMA 421), and guides senior research projects relating to South Asian humanities.  Slouber trained in the classical languages of India—Sanskrit, Pali, and Prakrit—at UC Berkeley and Uni Hamburg, and may be available to tutor highly motivated students in these languages at any level, or the modern languages Hindi-Urdu and Nepali at the elementary level.  His research has focused on the history of medicine, Tantra, and studies of lesser-known goddess traditions. He is the author of Early Tantric Medicine: Snakebite, Mantras, and Healing in the Gāruḍa Tantras (Oxford University Press, 2016), and a number of articles, book chapters, and translations.  His current project is editing and contributing to a collection of translated goddess narratives called A Garland of Goddesses: Hindu Tales of the Divine Feminine from India and Beyond.



Tom Moore

Senior Instructor
Ph.D. Divinity, University of Chicago
Office: BH 418E ~ Phone: 360-650-4074 ~ E-Mail


Fall 2019 Office Hours: Not teaching for Global Humanities and Religions fall quarter

Tom Moore has taught a variety of courses for the department and for the Honors program. His scholarly program is divided between the analytical and the more broadly creative. He has had a chapter accepted for a forthcoming book on mimesis in which he contrasts the work of the French theorist Jean Baudrillard with that of Mircea Eliade, the historian of religions. His poem ‘Central Massachusetts Afternoon’ appeared in the journal Rock and Sling.


Errol Seaton

Senior Instructor
Ph.D. English and American Literature, University of California, San Diego
Office: BH 162 ~ Phone: 360-650-4866 ~ E-Mail:


Fall 2019 Office Hours: Prof. Seaton retired July 2019

Errol Seaton has diverse teaching interests such as British Romantic poetry; 20th century British and American literature; literature and society in England, 1900-1945; poetry and World War 1; postcolonial prose and verse. He has taught several courses for the Liberal Studies Department including Western Traditions I, II, and III.


Dr. Kathleen Brian   Kathleen Brian

   Ph.D. American Studies, George Washington University
   Office: BH 159A  ~ Phone: 360-650-7706 ~ E-Mail:


Fall 2019 Office Hours: By appointment

Kathleen Brian is a cultural historian whose primary interests are in histories of science, medicine, and public health in the United States and its imperial outposts, as well as critical race and disability theory. Both her research and teaching are animated by inquiry into epistemology; the transmutation of knowledge as it circulates between popular, professional, and official spaces; and the role that emotion plays in both processes. Her recent work appears in the Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies and the Bulletin of the History of Medicine, and her co-edited collection, Phallacies: Historical Intersections of Masculinity and Disability (2017), is available from Oxford University Press. She is also at work on a book project that rethinks the origins and agendas of Anglophone eugenics through the history of suicide. 


Jason Brown

Ph.D. Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, University of British Columbia
Office: BH 159A ~ Phone: 360-650-3033 ~ E-Mail:


Fall 2019 Office Hours: Not teaching for Global Humanities and Religions fall quarter

Jason M. Brown, PhD is from Southern California. He studied anthropology as an undergraduate and did joint Master's degrees from Yale University in forestry and theology. In 2017 he completed his PhD at the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES) from the University of British Columbia. He is currently a Sessional Instructor at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, BC where he lives. His research and writing interests include, environmental ethics and theology, monastic studies, perception of place and landscape, sacred natural sites, and philosophy of the environment. He blogs at


Carrie Frederick Frost

Ph.D. Religious Studies, University of Virginia
Office: BH 159A ~ Phone: 360-650-3033 ~ E-Mail:
Fall 2019 Office Hours: By appointment

Carrie Frederick Frost is a scholar of modern Orthodox Christianity, who attends to matters of women and mothers in the church, sacraments and practice, Christian material culture, and contemplative prayer. She received a PhD in Theology, Ethics, and Culture from the Religious Studies Department at the University of Virginia, and she is the author of Maternal Body: A Theology of Incarnation from the Christian East (Paulist Press, 2019) and the editor of The Reception of the Holy and Great Council: Reflections of Orthodox Christian Women (GOARCH, 2018). In the fall of 2019, she will teach Introduction to the Study of Religion and Christianity and Modern Literature. 


Michael Brattus Jones

Ph.D. Asian Studies, University of Texas at Austin
Office: BH 159A ~ Phone: 360-650-3033 ~ E-Mail:
Fall 2019 Office Hours: By appointment
Michael Brattus Jones is a scholar trained in Sanskrit philology and in the critical and historical study of religion. The current focus of his research is the religious conception of agriculture in the Sanskrit tradition. While his primary areas of expertise are Vedic and Classical India, he is generally interested in topics of religion, culture, language, myth, and ritual, as well as pre-modern agriculture. He is also interested in the scholarly process of the construction of knowledge about the ancient world, including issues of epistemology, methodology, and textual studies. He is currently in the process of streamlining the overarching narrative of his dissertation into a monograph, while developing the highly specialized tangents into separate articles. He is teaching Myth and Folklore (REL 232) twice in the 2019-2020 academic year, in Fall and again in Spring.


Lauren MacDonald

Visiting Assistant Professor
Ph.D. History, Johns Hopkins University
Office: BH 162 ~ Phone: 360-650-xxxx ~ E-Mail: 


Fall 2019 Office Hours: By Appointment

Lauren MacDonald is a historian of religion and society in the Caribbean. Her current research examines the role of the Catholic regular orders, such as Dominicans, Franciscans, Mercedarians, and Hieronymites, in the conquest and settlement of the sixteenth-century Spanish Caribbean. In the 2019-2020 academic year, she will teach courses on Caribbean history and religion in Latin America.​



Siyamak Zabihi-Moghaddam

Ph.D. Middle Eastern History, University of Haifa
Office: BH 159A ~ Phone: 360-650-3033 ~ E-Mail:

Fall 2019 Office Hours:  By Appointment

Siyamak Zabihi-Moghaddam is a historian of the Middle East and North Africa specializing in women’s and gender history. He has taught courses on Islam and Islamic civilization, the modern Middle East, modern Iran, women and gender in the Middle East and North Africa, and women and feminist movements in Europe. His articles have been published in the Journal of Women’s HistoryJournal of Religious HistoryContemporary Review of the Middle East and Iranian Studies. In addition, he has published a book in Persian and has edited a volume of Persian primary sources on the 1903 massacre of Baha’is, Iran’s largest non-Muslim religious minority.



Monique Kerman is now an Assistant Professor of Art History in the College of Fine and Performing Arts at WWU.



Emeritus Professors

David Curley (1996)

Professor Emeritus
M.A., Ph.D., University of Chicago

David Curley retired in 2012.  He continues to do research in interdisciplinary studies in precolonial Indian history and literature, and has more time for his extended family.

After retirement Curley travelled to India for two months to complete research for a social and intellectual history to be titled, Sentiments, Mastery, Truth: Gokul Chandra Ghoshal and Joy Narayan Ghoshal in Calcutta, Chittagong and Banaras, 1761-1821.  In loose connection with research about Gokul’s activities in Chittagong, and a local uprising against his agents, Curley also has been working on a paper titled, ‘Sentiments, Social Bonds, and Public Memory in Ballads of Eastern Bengal’.  While in India he presented an early draft to the History Department of Jadavpur University.

Milton Krieger (1970)

Professor Emeritus
Ph.D. University of Toronto

Milt Krieger retired from Western in 2003.  After retirement he taught in Ghana in 2004, and in the Semester at Sea around the World Program in 2006.  His latest book is Cameroon’s Social Democratic Front: Its History & Prospects as an Opposition Political Party (1990-2011), published in 2008.  He recently published a book on the history of jazz in Bellingham and Whatcom County, and together with his wife Judy Krieger, on a history of the community of Loon Lake, B.C.

Rodney Payton (1970)

Professor Emeritus
M.A. Washington State University, Ph.D. University of Chicago 

Rodney Payton retired from Western in 2005. He is the author of A Modern Reader’s Guide to Dante’s Inferno (1992) and together with Ulrich Mammitzsch, who also was a member of the department, he translated Johan Huizinga’s Autumn of the Middle Ages (1996), and produced a beautifully illustrated edition. Both books are still in print. After retirement Payton has been giving more time to his interests in woodworking and grandchildren.

William K.B. Stoever (1970)

Professor Emeritus
M.Div., Yale Divinity School
M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale University

William Stoever’s research interests center on Reformed Protestants in England and America, chiefly New England Puritans and Jonathan Edwards. He also is interested in history and theory in the study of religions since the Enlightenment. His book, A Faire and Easie Way to Heaven: Covenant Theology and Antinomianism in Early Massachusetts (1978) gained wide recognition for its contributions to scholarship on New England’s Puritans. Although he officially retired in 2007, he continued to teach until 2008.

Robert Stoops (1983)

Professor Emeritus
Ph.D. Study of Religion, Harvard University

Rob Stoops retired from Western in 2018.  Broadly interested in the history of ideas and the interaction between religion and culture, Rob Stoops takes particular interest in the ways in which elements of a tradition, a story element, a symbol, or an image, can be taken up and given new meaning in a changed context. His area of research is comparative religion. While the development of Christianity in the first two centuries is his main topic, Stoops also studies the larger Greco-Roman world as the context within which early Christianity must be understood. He has written on Alexander the Great and the Aeneid.  His ‘related field’ in doctoral studies was art and archeology. Stoops tries to incorporate works of art and architecture along with texts in both his teaching and research.

William Wallace (1970)

Professor Emeritus
Ph.D. English, Ohio University
William Wallace taught at Southern Methodist University before joining the Liberal Studies department.  His interests were Renaissance English, poetry, myth as narrative, Homer, and the patriarchal narratives in Genesis and medieval European culture.  He has published on George Gascoigne and Elizabethan politics.  The highlight of working at Western for Wallace was being able to earn a living doing what he loved most:  reading and talking about important books.