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  • Dr. Carol Coburn

    Carol Coburn

    Professor of Religious Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies
    Director of the CSJ Heritage Center
    Office: Borserine Centre 412
    Phone: 816.501.3713

    Research and Teaching Interests: Peace Studies and Social Justice; American Religious History; History of American Women Religious; The 3Rs: Race Religion and Reform in American Education; Images and Realities of Women: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

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  • Dr. Ken Parsons

    Ken Parsons

    Associate Professor of Philosophy
    Director for the Center for Global Studies & Social Justice
    Office: Carondelet 108
    Phone: 816.501.2407

    Research and Teaching Interests: Philosophies of Violence & Power, Philosophy of Technology, Contemporary European Philosophy, Social & Political Philosophy

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  • Dr. Leslie Smith

    Leslie Dorrough Smith

    Chair and Associate Professor of Religious Studies
    Chair of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program
    Office: Borserine Centre 409
    Phone: 816.501.3684

    Research and Teaching Interests: Sociology of Religion, American Conservative Protestantism (Fundamentalism and Evangelicalism), Feminist and Gender Theory, American Religious History (General), Discourse and Rhetoric Studies, Critical Social Theory, and Pluralism and Religious Tolerance.

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  • Dr. Beringia Zen

    Beringia Zen

    Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
    Office: Borserine Centre 404
    Phone: 816.942.8400

    Research and Teaching Interests:

    Catholic Studies, Christian Spirituality (primary concentration in Ancient and Medieval periods), Biblical Studies (primary concentration in Hebrew Bible), and Literary Theory

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