Faculty, member and staff

Director, School of Religious Studies

Prof. Garth Green
(garth.green [at] mcgill.ca (E-mail))

Administrative Staff

Firoozeh Ebrahimi
Administrative Coordinator
(firoozeh.ebrahimi [at] mcgill.ca [at] mcgill.ca (E-mail))

Amna Jabeen
Administrative Assistant
(amna.jabeen [at] mcgill.ca (E-mail))

Samieun Khan
Administrative/Technical Coordinator
(samieun.khan [at] mcgill.ca (E-mail))

Francesca Maniaci
Administrative Officer
(francesca.maniaci [at] mcgill.ca (E-mail))

Ashley Smith
Student Affairs Coordinator
(ashley.smith3 [at] mcgill.ca (E-mail))

Faculty Members

Photograph of Professor Mikael Bauer Mikael Bauer
Associate Professor of Japanese Religions (Buddhism)
(on sabbatical leave until August 2023)
514-398-8318; (mikael.bauer [at] mcgill.ca (E-mail))


Photograph of Professor Lara BraitsteinLara E. Braitstein
Associate Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhism
514-398-6027; (lara.braitstein [at] mcgill.ca (E-mail))






Photograph of Professor Daniel Cere

Daniel Cere
Associate Professor of Religion, Law, and Public Policy
(daniel.cere [at] mcgill.ca (E-mail))



Photograph of Professor Andrea PinkneyAndrea Farran
Associate Professor of South Asian Religions
Associate Member, History and Classical Studies
Academic Program Director, Minor program in South Asian Studies
(andrea.farran [at] mcgill.ca (E-mail))


Photograph of Professor Douglas FarrowDouglas Farrow
Professor of Theology and Ethics
(douglas.farrow [at] mcgill.ca (E-mail))


Photograph of Professor Gaelle Fiasse

Gaelle Fiasse
Associate Professor, a joint appointment with the Department of Philosophy
(on sabbatical leave until August 2023)
514-398-4373, 514-398-2974
(gaelle.fiasse [at] mcgill.ca (E-mail))



Photograph of Professor Garth Green Garth Green
John W. McConnell Professor of Philosophy of Religion; Director of School of Religious Studies
(garth.green [at] mcgill.ca (E-mail))


Photograph of Professor Ian HendersonIan Henderson
Associate Professor of New Testament Studies
(on sabbatical leave until December 2022)
(ian.henderson [at] mcgill.ca (E-mail))





Photograph of Professor Hillary KaellHillary Kaell
Associate Professor, Anthropology and Religion, a joint appointment with the Department of Anthropology
(hillary.kaell [at] mcgill.ca (E-mail))


Photograph of Professor Jim KanarisJim Kanaris
Associate Professor (Professional), Philosophy of Religion
(jim.kanaris [at] mcgill.ca (E-mail))



Photograph of Professor Torrance KirbyTorrance Kirby
Professor of Ecclesiastical History; Graduate Program Director
(torrance.kirby [at] mcgill.ca (E-mail))





Photograph of Professor Patricia Kirkpatrick

Patricia Kirkpatrick
Associate Professor of Old Testament Studies
(patricia.kirkpatrick [at] mcgill.ca (E-mail))






Photograph of Professor Rongdao LaiRongdao Lai
Assistant Professor of Chinese Religions (Buddhism), a joint appointment with the Department of East Asian Studies
Chair, B.A. Committee
(rongdao.lai [at] mcgill.ca (E-mail))




Photograph of Professor Samuel NelsonSamuel Nelson
Assistant Professor (Professional)
(samuel.nelson [at] mcgill.ca (E-mail))





Photograph of Professor Gerbern OegemaGerbern Oegema
Professor of Biblical Studies
(gerbern.oegema [at] mcgill.ca (E-mail))




Photograph of Professor Armando SalvatoreArmando Salvatore
Barbara and Patrick Keenan Chair in Interfaith Studies; Professor of Islamic and Interreligious Studies; Associate Member, Institute of Islamic Studies
(armando.salvatore [at] mcgill.ca (E-mail))


Photograph of Professor Arvind Sharma

Arvind Sharma
Birks Professor in Comparative Religion
(arvind.sharma [at] mcgill.ca (E-mail))



Photograph of Professor Hamsa StaintonHamsa Stainton
Associate Professor of South Asian Religions (Hinduism)
(hamsa.stainton [at] mcgill.ca (E-mail))


Photograph of Professor Heidi WendtHeidi Wendt
Associate Professor of Religions, Greco-Roman World, a joint appointment with the Department of History and Classical Studies
(heidi.wendt [at] mcgill.ca (E-mail))

Kennedy Smith Chair

Photograph of Pablo Irizar.Pablo Irizar M.A. (Leuven), Ph.L. (Rome), Ph.D. (Paris), Ph.D. (Leuven)
(pablo.irizar [at] mcgill.ca (E-mail)), (Website)

Adjunct Professors

Chukwuemeka A. Atansi
B.A. (Ibadan, Nigeria), B.Phil., B.Th. (Rome), M.A., M.Th., S.T.L., Ph.D., S.T.D. (Leuven)
(chukwuemeka.atansi [at] mcgill.ca (E-mail)))

Brian A. Butcher
B.A. (McGill), M.A., Ph.D. (Saint Paul/Ottawa)
(brian.butcher [at] utoronto.ca (E-mail)))

Alyson Huntly
Dip. Min. (Centre for Christian Studies, Winnipeg), M.T.S. (St. Andrew, Saskatoon), Ph.D. (Queen's)
(Web page)

Thupten Jinpa Langri
B.A. (King's College), D.D. (Shartse College of Ganden), Ph.D. (Cambridge)
(tjlangri [at] sympatico.ca (E-mail))
(Web page)

Lucille Marr
B.A., M.A., Ph.D. (Waterloo)
(lucille.marr [at] mcgill.ca (E-mail))

Maylanne Maybee
B.A. (Toronto), Dip. Theol., Cert. Ed. (Oxon), M.Div., Honorary D.D. (Trinity College)
(admin [at] utc.com (E-mail))
(Web page)

Sean Joseph McGrath
B.A. (Ottawa), M.A. (Toronto), M.A. (University of Saint Michael's College), Ph.D. (Toronto), Ph.D. (Christian Theological Academy)
sean.j.mcgrath [at] mcgill.ca (E-mail))
(Web page)

Jesse Zink
B.A. (Acadia), M.A. (Chicago), M.Div. (Yale), Ph.D. (Cambridge)
(Web page)

Affiliate Members

Pierpaolo Ciccarelli
M.A. (Rome La Sapienza), Ph.D. (Rome “Tor Vergata”)
(Web page)
(Web page)

Roland De Vries
B.A. (Guelph), M.Div. (The Presbyterian College), S.T.M. (McGill), Ph.D. (McGill)
(Web page)

George Di Giovanni, (Emeritus-Active)
Ph.D. (Toronto)
(Web page)

Karen Finch
(karen.finch [at] mcgill.ca (E-mail))

Roberto Formisano
B.A. (Bologna), Ph.D. (Bologna/Nice)

Anne S. Leahy
M.A. (Toronto), Hon. Ph.D. (St. Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia), Hon. Ph.D. (St. Thomas, New Brunswick)
(anne.leahy [at] mcgill.ca (E-mail))

Heather McCance
(heather.mccance [at] mcgill.ca (E-mail))

Kieko Obuse
B.A. (Kyoto), M.A. (London), M.St., DPhil. (Oxford)
(kieko.obuse [at] mcgill.ca (E-mail))

Susan J. Palmer
B.A. (McGill), M.A., Ph.D. (Concordia)
(Web page)

Angelica Piché
B.A. (Saarbrucken), M.Th.(Ludwig-Maximillian)

Benjamin Schewel
B.A., M.A. (Virginia), M.Phil., Ph.D. (Leuven) (benjamin.schewel [at] duke.edu (E-mail))

John Simons
B.A. (Bishops's), S.T.B. (Trinity College, Toronto), Ph.D. (Georgetown)

Associate Members

Robert Wisnovsky
B.A. (Yale), M. Phil. (Oxford), M.A., Ph.D. (Princeton)
(Web page)

Numata Visiting Professor

In recognition of the strong Buddhist Studies program in McGill's School of Religious Studies, the Numata Foundation has given a 20-year grant to the School of Religious Studies to bring a visiting scholar in Buddhist Studies annually to McGill. The Visiting Professor teaches one course at the 500-level, gives a public lecture and is available to students for conferences and consultation. The first Numata Professor in 1999-2000 was Dr. Mahinda Deegalle. Subsequent visitors include Dr. John Pettit, Dr. Robert Morrison, Dr. Thupten Jinpa, Dr. Kate Crosby, the Ven Yifa, Dr. Robert Kritzer, Dr. Andrew Skilton, Dr. Joel Tatelman, Dr. Miriam Levering, Dr. Hiroko Kawanami, Dr. Dorji Wangchuk, Dr. Martin Adam, Dr. Jin Park, Dr. Roger Jackson, Dr. Burkhard Scherer, Dr. André van der Braak, Dr. Rinpoche Sherpa, Dr. Gregory Samuel, Dr. Martin Seeger, Dr. Robert Rhodes, and Dr. Lawrence Y.K. Lau (劉宇光).

Numata Visiting Scholar for Fall 2022 is Dr. Martina Draszczyk

Dr. Draszczyk is a dynamic and prolific scholar of Tibetan and Indo-Tibetan Buddhism. After earning her M.A. in Tibetology from the University of Hamburg in 1985, she spent many years becoming fluent in modern spoken and Classical Tibetan language and worked for years as an interpreter for Tibetan for Tibetan teachers in both South Asia and in Europe. Between 1992-2005 she also studied according to the traditional Tibetan scholastic curriculum in India, earning an Acharya degree in Buddhist Studies in 2005. In 2012 she completed earned her Ph.D. from the University of Vienna in the field of Buddhist Studies and Tibetology.

In addition to a large number of scholarly articles appearing in some of the best journals in the field, she has three monographs: Die Anwendung der tathāgathagarbha-Lehre in Kong spruls Anleitung zur gzhan stong-Sichtweise (2015, single author); Mahāmudrā and the middle Way: Post-classical Kagyü Discourses on Mind, Emptiness and Buddha-Nature (2016, with David Higgins); and Buddha Nature Reconsidered: Mi bskyod rdo rje’s Middle Path (2019, with David Higgins).

Sessional Lecturers

Andrew Brockman
B.A. (Tyndale), M.A., Ph.D. Candidate (McGill)
(andrew.brockman [at] mcgill.ca (E-mail))

Marco Dozzi
B.A. (Allegheny Coll.), M.A. (SUNY, Buffalo), M.A. (Pittsburgh), Ph.D. (Sardinia), Ph.D. Candidate (McGill)
(marco.dozzi2 [at] mcgill.ca (E-mail))

Daniel Fishley
B.A., M.A. (Calgary), Ph.D. Candidate (McGill)
(daniel.fishley [at] mail.mcgill.ca (E-mail))

Daniel Heide
B.A. (King's Coll.), M.A. (Dalhousie), Ph.D. Candidate (McGill)
(daniel.heide [at] mcgill.ca (E-mail))

Timothy Lorndale
B.A. (British Columbia), M.A., Ph.D. Candidate (Pennsylvania)
(timothy.lorndale [at] mcgill.ca (E-mail))

Amanda Rosini
B.A., M.A., Ph.D. Candidate (McGill)
(amanda.rosini [at] mcgill.ca (E-mail))

Adam Smith
Ph.D. Candidate (McGill)
(adam.smith4 [at] mcgill.ca (E-mail))

Anna Lee White
B.A. (Mount Holyoke), M.A. (Chicago Divinity Sch.), Ph.D. Candidate (McGill)
(annalee.white [at] mail.mcgill.ca (E-mail))

Visiting Scholar

Patricia Pui Yue Lee
B.Eng. (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFR)J, M.A. (University of São Paulo, (USP)), M.A. (Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV/RJ)), Ph.D. (ECO/IBICT/UFRJ)
(patricia.puiyuelee [at] mcgill.ca (E-mail)); (communications [at] newmancentre.org (E-mail)); (Web page)

Honorary Emeritus/Emerita Professors

Douglas J. Hall
B.A. (Western Ontario), M.Div., S.T.M., Th.D. (Union Theological Seminary, New York), D.D. (Queen's), L.L.D. (Waterloo), D.D. (Presbyterian College)

Donna Runnalls
B.A. (British Columbia), B.D. (McGill), Ph.D. (Toronto)

Frederik Wisse
Ing. (Utrecht), B.A., B.D. (Calvin, Michigan), Ph.D. (Claremont)

Katherine K. Young B.A.
(Vermont), M.A. (Chicago), Ph.D. (McGill)


G. Victor Sogen Hori
B.A., M.A. (Toronto), Ph.D. (Stanford)

In Memoriam

Ellen Bradshaw Aitken (1964–2014)

Th.D. Harvard University, New Testament and Early Christianity, B.A. Harvard University, Folkore and Mythology (Ancient Greek)


Professor Ellen Aitken was Dean of the Faculty of Religious Studies from 2007–2014. She had been a member of the Faculty of Religious Studies at McGill since 2004, teaching in the area of Early Christian History and Literature. Prior to coming to McGill, she was on the faculty of The Divinity School, Harvard University. She held degrees from Harvard University and the University of the South, with training in Folklore and Mythology, the Classics, and Religious Studies. Her last research, funded by SSHRC, investigated the relationship between Greco-Roman hero cult and ancient Christianity.

At McGill, Professor Aitken had served on numerous committees, including chairing the B.Th. Committee in the Faculty of Religious Studies and as a member of search committees for the Classics Program. She was a member of McGill's Centre for Research on Religion (CREOR) and an honorary faculty member of the Montreal Diocesan Theological College. She was ordained in the Episcopal (Anglican) Church in 1986 and had been recognized widely as a leader in both scholarly and ecclesial communities. She had also received two awards for teaching excellence.

Late Antique Crossroads in the Levant: Space, Rituals, Texts, and Daily Life.

Memorial Tribute to Professor Aitken.


Articles in refereed journals

“The Ordering of Community: New Testament Perspectives.” Anglican Theological Review 85.1 (Winter 2003): 19–34.

“ta drômena kai ta legomena [Greek]: The Eucharistic Memory of Jesus’ Words in First Corinthians,” Harvard Theological Review 90:4 (1997): 259–70.

Books and monographs

Loosening the Roots of Compassion: Meditations for Holy Week and Eastertide. Cambridge, Mass.: Cowley Publications, in press (forthcoming winter 2006).

Jesus’ Death in Early Christian Memory: The Poetics of the Passion. Novum Testamentum et Orbis Antiquus/ Studien zur Umwelt des Neuen Testament 53. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht and Fribourg: Academic Press, 2004.

Flavius Philostratus: On Heroes (student edition). Translated by Jennifer K. Berenson Maclean and Ellen Bradshaw Aitken. Writings from the Greco-Roman World 3. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature and Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2003.

Flavius Philostratus: Heroikos, with glossary, notes, and introduction. Translated by Jennifer K. Berenson Maclean and Ellen Bradshaw Aitken. Writings from the Greco-Roman World 1. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature. 2001.

Articles/chapters in books and monographs

“Tradition in the Mouth of the Hero: Jesus as an Interpreter of Scripture.” Pages 97–103 in Richard A. Horsley, Jonathan A. Draper, and John Miles Foley, eds., Performing the Gospel: Orality, Memory, and Mark. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2006.

“Wily, Wise, and Worldly: Instruction and the Formation of Character in the Epistle to the Hebrews.” Pages 294–305 in Ian Henderson and Gerbern S. Oegema, eds., The Changing Face of Judaism, Christianity and Other Greco-Roman Religions in Antiquity. Jüdische Schriften aus hellenistisch-römischer Zeit, Studien 2; Studies in Christianity and Judaism 10. Gütersloh: Gütersloher Verlagshaus, 2006

“Wily, Wise, and Worldly: Instruction and the Formation of Character in the Epistle to the Hebrews.” Pages 294–305 in Ian Henderson and Gerbern S. Oegema, eds., The Changing Face of Judaism, Christianity and Other Greco-Roman Religions in Antiquity. Jüdische Schriften aus hellenistisch-römischer Zeit, Studien 2; Studies in Christianity and Judaism 10. Gütersloh: Gütersloher Verlagshaus and Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier Press, 2005.

“‘The Basileia of Jesus is on the Wood’: The Epistle of Barnabas and the Ideology of Rule.” Pages 197–214 in Lawrence Wills and Benjamin Wright, eds., Conflicted Boundaries in Wisdom and Apocalypticism. Society of Biblical Literature Symposium Series. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2005.

“Why a Phoenician? A Proposal for the Historical Occasion for the Heroikos. Pages 267–84 in Philostratus’s Heroikos: Religion, and Cultural Identity in the Third Century C.E. Edited by Ellen Bradshaw Aitken and Jennifer K. Berenson Maclean. Writings from the Greco-Roman World 6. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature and Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2004.

“The Hero in the Epistle to the Hebrews: Jesus as an Ascetic Model.” Pages 179–88 in Early Christian Voices: In Texts, Traditions, and Symbols: Essays in Honor of François Bovon. Edited by David Warren, Ann Graham Brock, and David Pao. Leiden and Boston: E. J. Brill, 2003.

“The Landscape of Promise in the Apocalypse of Paul.” Pages 153–65 in Walk in the Ways of Wisdom: Essays in Honor of Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza. Edited by Shelly Matthews, Cynthia Kittredge, and Melanie Johnson Debaufre. Harrisburg, Penn.: Trinity Press International, 2003.

“Portraying the Temple in Stone and Text: The Arch of Titus and the Epistle to the Hebrews.” Pages 73–88 in Religious Texts and Material Contexts. Buffalo: State University of New York Press. 2001. Reprinted in Sewanee Theological Review 45 (2002): 135–51; and as pages 131–48 in Gabriella Gelardini, ed. Hebrews: Contemporary Methods—New Insights. Biblical Interpretation Series 75; Leiden and Boston: E. J. Brill, 2005.

“The Cult of Achilleus in Philostratus’s Heroikos: A Study in the Relation of Canon and Ritual.” Pages 127–35 in Between Magic and Religion: Interdisciplinary Studies in Ancient Mediterranean Religion and Society. Edited by Sulochana Asirvatham, Corinne Pache, and John Watrous. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield, 2001.

“At the Well of Living Water: Jacob Traditions in John 4,” Pages 342–352 in Craig A. Evans, ed., The Interpretation of Scripture in Early Judaism and Christianity. Studies in Scripture in Early Judaism and Christianity 7. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2000.

“The Cologne Mani Codex” [translation and notes]. Pages 161–76 in Richard Valantasis, ed., Religions in Late Antiquity in Practice. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2000.

Edited volumes

Biblical Imagination: Scripture and the Life of Faith—Essays in Honor of Christopher Bryan, a special issue of Sewanee Theological Review 50:1 (2006).

Philostratus's Heroikos, Religion, and Cultural Identity in the Third Century C.E. . Edited by Ellen Bradshaw Aitken and Jennifer K. Berenson Maclean. Writings from the Greco-Roman World 6. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature and Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2004.

Questions of Mission: On Being the Church—Sewanee Theological Review 40:4 (1997).

Maurice Boutin (1938–2019)

McConnell Professor of Philosophical Theology and Philosophy of Religion

B.A., B.A.,B.A. (Montreal), D.Th. (Munich)


Hermeneutics; Language and Theories of Religion; Philosophy and Theology of History; Contemporary Religious Movements


Gregory Baum (1923–2017)

B.A. (McMaster), M.A. (Ohio State), D.Th. (Fribourg)


Social Ethics and Sociology of Religion

Article by Fr. John Walsh

Robert C. Culley (1932–2013)

B.A. (Toronto), B.D. (Knox, Toronto), M.A., Ph.D. (Toronto), D.D. (Montreal Diocesan Theological College)


Hebrew Narrative; Psalms

Jospeh C. McLelland (1925–2016)

B.A. (McMaster), M.A. (Toronto), B.D. (Knox, Toronto), Ph.D. (Edinburgh), D.D. (Montreal Diocesan Theological College; Knox, Toronto)


Philosophy and Religion


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