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GTU Experts List - by Topic

The Graduate Theological Union has the largest theological faculty in the United States, including renowned experts with extensive knowledge of the world's major religions and expertise in major areas of interdisciplinary theological investigation, such as the relationship between religion and the arts or the interplay between science and theology. The unparalleled depth of faculty resources and course selection at the GTU creates a dynamic intellectual community that draws scholars from around the world.

This list includes most full-time consortial faculty. If you are looking for a faculty person who is not listed, please contact the GTU member school or center with which they are affiliated.

Listed here are GTU faculty who can offer comments and perspectives on selected topics of current interest. Click on the faculty name to access contact information.

In addition to the topics listed below, the GTU offers more than thirty degree concentrations spanning a wide range of ethical, historical, and practical issues in religion and society. Review the list of GTU Departments and Concentrations, then click on a particular concentration to see faculty members with expertise in this area.

To locate a faculty expert on a topic not listed, please call the communications office at 510/649-2423.

Topic Professor
Africana/African-American Studies Dr. Laurie Garrett-Cobbina
     —Womanist Theology (African-American Feminist) Dr. Laurie Garrett-Cobbina
Dr. Gabriella Lettini
Dr. Valerie Miles-Tribble
Dr. Yolanda Norton
Anti-Semitism and the Church Dr. Barbara Green
Dr. Christopher Ocker

Dr. Kathryn Barush
Dr. Ron Nakasone
Dr. Rossitza Schroeder


Dr. Ron Nakasone
     —Buddhist Dr. Ron Nakasone
     —and Religion Dr. Kathryn Barush
Dr. Elizabeth S. Peña
Dr. Rossitza Schroeder
Asian Studies Dr. Ron Nakasone
Dr. Moses Penumaka
Dr. Anh Tran
Big-Bang Cosmology and Creationism Dr. Robert Russell
Buddhism Dr. Richard Payne
     —American Dr. Scott Mitchell
     —Zen Rev. Dr. Daijaku Judith Kinst
Church and State Dr. Jerome Baggett
Civil Society Dr. Jerome Baggett
Cloning Dr. Ted Peters
Confucianism Dr. Judith Berling
Cults and New Religious Movements Dr. James Lawrence
Dr. Ted Peters
Death and Dying —Ethical Issues Dr. Lisa Fullam (on sabbatical)
Eastern Orthodoxy

Dr. John Klentos
Dr. Eugene Ludwig
Metropolitan Nikitas

Ecology/Environment and Religion Dr. Lisa Fullam (on sabbatical)
Dr. Cynthia Moe-Lobeda
Dr. Rita Sherma
     —Bioethics Dr. Lisa Fullam
Dr. Ted Peters
     —Environmental Dr. Cynthia Moe-Lobeda
Dr. William O’Neill
Dr. Rita Sherma
     —Medical Dr. Lisa Fullam (on sabbatical)
     —Sexual Dr. Lisa Fullam (on sabbatical)
     —Social Dr. William O’Neill
Extraterrestrial Life in the Universe/UFOs Dr. Ted Peters
Dr. Robert Russell
Feminist Studies Dr. Inese Radzins
Dr. Sandra Schneiders
Dr. Naomi Seidman
     —African-American Theology (Womanist) Dr. Gabriella Lettini
Rev. Laurie Garrett-Cobbina
Dr. Valerie Miles-Tribble
Dr. Yolanda Norton
     —Asian Theology  
     —Biblical Interpretation Dr. Gina Hens-Piazza
     —Feminist Theology Dr. Gabriella Lettini
Dr. Inese Radzins
     —Latina Theology (Mujerista) Dr. Shauna Hannan
Dr. Gabriella Lettini
Film and Religion Dr. Gabriella Lettini
Genetics/Human Genome Project Dr. Ted Peters
Dr. Robert Russell


     —of Christian Violence

Dr. Christopher Ocker
     —of Christianity in the Late Middle Ages and Reformation Dr. Christopher Ocker
     —of Religion in America Dr. Randi Walker
Holy Unions and Same-Sex Marriage Dr. Sharon Fennema
Human Rights Dr. Marianne Farina
Dr. William O’Neill
Iconography Dr. Eugene Ludwig
Dr. Rossitza Schroeder
Immigration Dr. William O’Neill
Interreligious/Interfaith Relations and Initiatives Dr. Thomas Cattoi
Dr. Marianne Farina
Dr. Munir Jiwa
Dr. Rita Sherma
     —Buddhism-Christianity Dr. Thomas Cattoi
     —Eastern Orthodox-Islam  
     —Hinduism-Islam Dr. Munir Jiwa
Dr. Rita Sherma
     —Islam-Christianity Dr. Munir Jiwa
Dr. Marianne Farina
     —Judaism-Christianity Dr. Christopher Ocker
     —Judaism-Islam Dr. Munir Jiwa
Islam Dr. Munir Jiwa
Dr. Marianne Farina
     —Islamophobia Dr. Munir Jiwa
     —and the Media Dr. Munir Jiwa


     —Literature (Hebrew and Yiddish)

Dr. Naomi Seidman
     —Medieval and Modern Jewish History Dr. Deena Aranoff
     —Modern and Contemporary Thought Dr. Naomi Seidman
     —Mysticism Dr. Deena Aranoff
Justice (International and Domestic) Dr. William O’Neill
Just-War Theory Dr. William O’Neill
Latino Studies
     —Biblical Studies

Dr. Julián González
Dr. Luis Menéndez-Antuña

     —Feminist Theology (Mujerista) Dr. Gabriella Lettini
     —Theology Dr. Eduardo Fernandez

Lesbian/Gay/Bi-Sexual/Transgender/Queer (LGBTQ) Homosexuality


Dr. Sharon Fennema
Dr. Bernard Schlager
Dr. Naomi Seidman
     —Gay Clergy  
     —Spirituality Dr. Judith Berling
     —Theory Dr. Judith Berling
Literature Dr. Devin Zuber
     —American Dr. Naomi Seidman
Dr. Devin Zuber
     —Hebrew and Yiddish Dr. Naomi Seidman
Media, Television, and Religion Dr. Jana Childers
Dr. Munir Jiwa
Multiculturalism Dr. Alicia Vargas

Dr. Thomas Cattoi
Dr. Wendy Farley
Dr. Arthur Holder
Dr. James Lawrence

     —and Art  
     —Jewish Dr. Deena Aranoff
Palestine Dr. John Endres
Pneumatology (Holy Spirit) Dr. Annette Weissenrieder
Politics and Religion  Dr. Jerome Baggett
Pop Culture and Religion Dr. Gabriella Lettini
The Pope Dr. Thomas Massaro
Postcolonialism Dr. Munir Jiwa
     —Biblical Interpretation Dr. Luis Menéndez-Antuña
Prayer Dr. George Murphy
Psychology and Religion Dr. Gregory Love
     —Buddhist Psychology Dr. Richard Payne
Quantum Theory and Implications about God Dr. Robert Russell
Reconciliation and Forgiveness Dr. William O’Neill
Rituals in Religion Dr. Sharon Fennema
Dr. Mary E. McGann
Dr. Richard Payne
Science and Religion  Dr. Michael Dodds
Dr. Gregory Love
Dr. Robert Russell
Dr. Ted Peters
Social Justice Dr. Jerome Baggett
Sociology and Religion Dr. Jerome Baggett
Spirituality Dr. Jerome Baggett
Dr. Arthur Holder
Dr. Sandra Schneiders
     —in America Dr. Jerome Baggett
     —among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Dr. Peter Clark
     —and Biotechnology Dr. Christopher Renz
     —Celtic Dr. Arthur Holder
     —and Health Dr. Christopher Renz
Stem Cells (Research and Controversy) Dr. Lisa Fullam (on sabbatical)
Dr. Ted Peters
Dr. Christopher Renz
Suffering Dr. Michael Dodds
Dr. George Griener
Supreme Court (Current Cases) Dr. Thomas Massaro
Taoism Dr. Judith Berling
Technology and Religion Dr. Kyle Schiefelbein-Guerrero
Unitarian Universalism Dr. Rosemary Bray McNatt


     —and Religion

Dr. Gregory Love
War (Religious Aspects) Dr. Eugene Ludwig
Dr. William O’Neill
Welfare Reform Dr. William O’Neill
Womanist Theology  Dr. Gabriella Lettini
Dr. Laurie Garrett-Cobbina
Dr. Valerie Miles-Tribble
Dr. Yolanda Norton