Program  Information

Michael Taber, Chair
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Penny Shissler, Office Clerk
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Program Highlight

The department offers a major and minor in Philosophy and a major and minor in Religious Studies. As an active and energetic department, we are committed towards an intercultural, international and interdisciplinary understanding of the world. We teach across the traditional fields of philosophy and religious studies, and beyond the cultural divides of East and West. Departmental faculty likes to teach in a variety of venues (Nitze Program; Women, Gender and Sexuality; Environmental Studies; Asian Studies; African and African Diaspora Studies), to take students on study tours (Greece, Germany/Poland, India, Thailand, and, in the future, England and Israel), and to bring questions of global relevance to the campus communities through scheduling events with renowned speakers and activists.

Michael Slouber
Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

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Departments: Philosophy and Religious Studies
Office: Margaret Brent Hall 207
Phone: (240) 895-4219


Michael Slouber is Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, with an expertise in the religious traditions of South Asia and particular interests in medieval Hinduism, the history of Asian medicine, asceticism,religious pluralism, and gender studies. He studied Sanskrit and South Asian Studies at the University of California at Berkeley, where he received his MA (2007) and Ph.D. (2012). His thesis entitled “Gāruḍa Medicine: A History of Snakebite and Religious Healing in South Asia” is currently under revision for publication as a book. Michael lived in Nepal for one year conducting dissertation research, and also studied in Germany for two years. He has also taught Religious Studies courses at UC Berkeley and Brown University.