Religious Studies


Full-time Faculty

Elliott Bazzano

Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara
Assistant Professor (2013)


Elliott Bazzano's teaching and research focus on Islamic studies and the comparative study of religion. His dissertation explores the Qur'anic hermeneutics of medieval Islamic scholar Ibn Taymiyya (d. 1328) while also drawing connections to contemporary approaches to the Qur'an in the academic study of religion. Bazzano's current projects include a comparative study on mystical and non-mystical interpretations of Pharaoh story in the Qur'an, and also a study of insider/outsider issues in contemporary Qur'anic studies. Through numerous grants and fellowships, Bazzano has studied Arabic in Egypt, Syria, Yemen, and Morocco. He also serves on the Steering Committee for the Study of Islam Section of the American Academy of Religion. His publications include "Research Methods and Problems," in The Bloomsbury Companion to Islamic Studies, a forthcoming article on "Ibn Taymiyya" for Religion Compass, and numerous encyclopedia articles. His other research interests include Sufism in America, theory and methodology in the study of religion, pedagogy, and comparative mysticism. Bazzano offers courses on Islam, Cultivation of the Self, Understanding the Qur'an, Islamic Mysticism, and Islam in America. He hopes that students leave his courses with a better appreciation of how to read texts, view the media, think clearly, and communicate with other people about mundane as well as heated topics. (Click here for a link to his Curriculum Vitae.)

Darryl Catarine

Darryl Caterine

Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara
Professor (2005)


Darryl V. Caterine is a historian of religions whose research focuses on the intersections of religion, culture, and politics in the United States and parts of Latin America. His areas of academic interest include Latino/a religions, metaphysical/occult religions in America, and religion and popular culture. His first book, Conservative Catholicism and the Carmelites: Identity, Ethnicity and Tradition in the Modern Church (2001), is an ethnographic study of a conservative Catholicism in Latino/a communities, which analyzes the uses of myth and ritual to advance various religio- and ethnopolitical agendas in the U.S. borderlands. His second ethnographic book, Haunted Ground: Journeys through a Paranormal America (2011), explores the meaning of our nation’s fascination with paranormal phenomena through a series of thick descriptions and analyses of a Spiritualist camp in upstate New York, the Roswell UFO Festival in New Mexico, and an annual dowsing convention in Vermont. Caterine has published several articles on religion and popular culture in the United States, including essays on the Presidential Medal of Freedom and civil religion, and the Curse of the Bambino in “Red Sox Nation” (New England). He is currently working on a number of projects further exploring various facets of the American metaphysical tradition. His course offerings include classes in American religion and society, American Catholic history, varieties of Latino/a religions, and metaphysical/occult traditions in U.S. history.

 Jennifer Glancy

Jennifer Glancy

Ph.D., Columbia University,
Professor (1990)

Jennifer A. Glancy is the author of Corporal Knowledge: Early Christian Bodies (Oxford University Press, 2010), Slavery as Moral Problem: In the Early Church and Today (Facets; Fortress, 2011), Slavery in Early Christianity (Oxford University Press, 2002, a History Book Club alternate selection; paperback edition Fortress Press, 2006), and several dozen scholarly articles and chapters (see her curriculum vitae). Her research interests include the cultural history of early Christianity, corporeality and Christian anthropology, women’s history in antiquity, gender theory, and comparative slavery studies. She has received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities Enduring Questions grant program to develop an interdisciplinary Core course, “What does prayer do?” In all her courses, she encourages students to ask their own enduring questions. After completing an Honors degree in Philosophy and English Literature at Swarthmore College, Glancy joined the Jesuit Volunteer Corps (1982-1983) before undertaking doctoral studies in New Testament at Columbia University, which she completed under the direction of the late Rev. Raymond E. Brown, S.S. She has served as the Catholic Biblical Association Visiting Professor at L’Ecole Biblique in Jerusalem (2004), George & Sallie Cutchin Camp Professor of Bible at the University of Richmond (2008-2010), and, at Le Moyne, as Georg Professor (2000-2003). At Le Moyne she has been honored as both Teacher of the Year and Scholar of the Year. She co-chairs the National Steering Committee for Justice in Jesuit Higher Education; has been a member of the National Seminar on Jesuit Higher Education; and serves on the editorial boards of Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Journal of Biblical Literature, and Biblical Interpretation. Glancy led the Le Moyne faculty cohort that visited Jerusalem and Jordan as part of the Title VI-funded “Globalizing the Core” initiative (2007). She has received funding for her research on American Christian attitudes toward Jerusalem.

Fred Glennon

Fred Glennon

Ph.D., Emory University
Professor (1992)
Department Chair



Fred Glennon's field of teaching and research is in the area of Religion, Social Ethics, and Society, particularly their interrelationship with public policies on welfare, poverty, and labor markets.  He teaches the following courses: REL 405: Ethics from the Perspective of the Oppressed;REL 337: Christian Social Ethics;REL 336: Comparative Religious Ethics and Social Concerns; REL 314: Church and State; REL 300: Religion and Healing; and REL 200: Religious Perspectives.  As a Carnegie National Scholar (2001-2002), Fred also engages in the scholarship of teaching and learning, in which the classroom setting becomes a locus of sustained scholarly focus.  The result of that project was the publication, "Experiential Learning and Social Justice Action: An Experiment in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning," in Teaching Theology and Religion (February 2004). His service to the American Academy of Religion (AAR) includes serving as the Editor of Spotlight on Teachinghaving served as Chair of the Academic Relations Committee (2005-2010), as a member of the Board of Directors (2005-2010), and as Co-Chair of the Ethics Section (1999-2002).  He received the AAR’s Excellence in Teaching Award (2008).  At Le Moyne he has been honored as the Kevin G. O'Connell Teaching Professor in the Humanities.  For a more complete listing of his background, experience, and research interests, see his Teaching Portfolio and Curriculum Vita
Don Kirby 

Donald Kirby, S.J.

Ph.D., Union Theological Seminary
Professor (1976)



Darius Makuja

Ph.D., St. Louis University
Associate Professor (2006)


Darius Makuja, a native of Sudan, is a Catholic theologian with a specialization in historical theology. His research interests include historical theology, religion and culture, and politics and inculturation, which are reflected in two current research projects: "incarnation of the Christian Faith into Local Cultures," and "Ethnicities, Conflicts and Search for Peace in the African Context." He teaches Religious Perspectives on the Human Situation, Christianity in Dialogue with African Traditional Religions and Culture, the Theological Venture, and Religion, Conflict, and Peace in the African Context. He is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the Southern Conference on African American Studies, the Medieval Academy of Religion, and he organizes and presents at a session which he crated on "Church, Mission, Inculturation, and Conversion in Late Antiquity and Early Middle Ages," at the International Congress on Medieval Studies (Kalamazoo, Michigan), which was recently awarded "Special Session" status. He is faculty moderator of the Religious Studies Academy at Le Moyne College and a board member of Peace Action of Central New York.
Don Maldari

Donald Maldari, S.J.

Ph.D., Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Associate Professor (1999)


Donald Maldari, S.J., is a Catholic theologian with a particular interest in ecclesiology and spirituality. His research interests are the relation between Christian art and theology, the evangelical counsels as Christian asceticism, and a reconsideration of the ministries of the Catholic sacrament of holy orders. He teaches Religious Perspectives on the Human Situation, Mystery and Symbol: the Christian Creed, Community in Christ: the Church, Understanding Catholicism, and the Creativity of Christian Art. He has been a member of the Society of Jesus since 1977. Before coming to Le Moyne he served as a high school teacher at Regis High School in New York City, assistant professor of theology at St. Peter’s College in Jersey City, associate novice master, prison chaplain in Mexico, theology professor and spiritual director in Haiti, and parish priest in a trilingual Caribbean parish in Brooklyn, N.Y. At Le Moyne, in addition to his teaching, he is director of the Sanzone Center for Catholic Studies and Theological Reflection, chaplain-in-residence in a freshman student residence, a freshman academic advisor and on the editorial board of Le Bulletin de Liaison, a theological journal that he founded in Port-au-Prince. He also participates in a service-learning course which includes on sight projects in the Commonwealth of Dominica in conjunction with the education department.

Adjunct Faculty



J. Mark Lawson

Ph.D., Southern Seminary
Adjunct Professor (1994)


 J. Mark Lawson is an ordained minister who serves as pastor of the United Church of Christ in Bayberry, Liverpool, New York. He is also a biblical scholar with particular interest in the New Testament and how it reflects the theological and social development of early Christian communities. At LeMoyne, he has taught Religious Perspectives on the Human Situation, Introduction to the New Testament, Letters of Paul, American Religion, and The Theological Venture. In 2008, he was honored as LeMoyne’s “Outstanding Part-time Faculty Member of the Year.” He designed, instituted, and continues to teach in the New York School of Ministry (NYSOM), a theological training program for laypeople seeking to practice licensed ministry in the local church. NYSOM also includes an alternative track to ordination for second-career ministers in the United Church of Christ. In addition to serving as a pastor and teacher, he is a part-time Spiritual Director for the Spiritual Renewal Center in Syracuse.


Nell Champoux

Ph.D. Candidate, Syracuse University
Adjunct Professor (2011)


Nell Champoux holds an MA in Western Esotericism and Mysticism from the University of Amsterdam and is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University.  She most commonly teaches a senior seminar on Religion, Sex, and Gender that traces an historical trajectory from antiquity to various nineteenth-century religious movements in upstate New York like the Shakers and Spiritualists.  Nell is currently working on a dissertation titled Visionary Architecture: Monastic Magic and Cognition in John of Morigny’s Liber florum, which treats the work of fourteenth-century Benedictine monk John of Morigny and his struggle to keep his text from being classified as illicit magic by church authorities.  A chapter from this dissertation has been published in the journalMedieval Mystical Theology under the title “Blithe Heterodoxy: Reading John of Morigny’s Fourteenth-Century Magic through Michel Foucault and Hélène Cixous.”  Nell’s research and teaching combine approaches from the history of religions with an attention to post-modern theory.


Nancy Ring

Ph.D., Marquette University
Professor Emerita (1979)