Issue 14.2 | 2017 / Guest edited by Elizabeth A. Castelli

About the Contributors

Carol S. Anderson is Professor of Religion at Kalamazoo College in Michigan. Her research encompasses religions of South Asia, with a focus on Buddhist traditions and queer approaches to the study of religions. She is author of Pain and Its Ending: The Four Noble Truths in Theravāda Buddhism (Curzon Press, 1999), a festschrift in honor of Professor W. S. Karunatillake, Embedded Languages: Studies in the Religion, Culture, and History of Sri Lanka (Godage Books, 2012), and, most recently, co-editor of the journal Buddhist Christian Studies. Her most recent research project explores the range of sexualities found in the commentaries of the Pāli Buddhist canon.

Kent L . Brintnall is an associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where he is affiliated with the Department of Religious Studies and the Women’s & Gender Studies Program. He is the author of Ecce Homo: The Male-Body-in-Pain as Redemptive Figure (Chicago, 2011) and the co-editor of Negative Ecstasies: Georges Bataille and the Study of Religion (Fordham, 2015) and Sexual Disorientations: Queer Affects, Temporalities, Theologies (Fordham, forthcoming).

Elizabeth A. Castelli is Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Religion and Religion Department Chair at Barnard College at Columbia University. She is the author of Martyrdom and Memory: Early Christian Culture-Making; co-editor with Daniel Boyarin of Sexuality in Late Antiquity, a special double issue of the Journal of the History of Sexuality; and authorized English translator of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Saint Paul. She is currently at work on a collection of essays on the theme of confession.

Marco Derks is a theologian and scholar of religion, sexuality and gender. As a PhD Candidate at Utrecht University, the Netherlands, he is doing research on constructions of homosexuality and religion in contemporary public discourses in the Netherlands. He is former chair of the Dutch Society of Queer Theologians and co-chair of the Gay Men and Religion Unit of the American Academy of Religion. He has published articles in Biblical Interpretation and Theology & Sexuality. His website is

Amanullah De Sondy is Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Islam at University College Cork, Republic of Ireland. He is the author of The Crisis of Islamic Masculinities published by Bloomsbury Academic in 2014. Amanullah’s research interest are connected to the key themes of gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, and pluralism in the study of Islam and Muslims.

Elizabeth Dolfi is a PhD candidate affiliated with the Department of Religion and the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Columbia University. Her research centers on feminist and queer studies of American Religious History, with an emphasis on American secularism(s) and evangelical humanitarianism. She is currently writing a multidisciplinary dissertation on gender and affect in the evangelical anti-trafficking movement.

Ju Hui Judy Han is Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of Toronto, where she is also affiliated with the Centre for the Study of Korea and the Women and Gender Studies Institute. Her writings and drawings have been published in Geoforum, Critical Asian Studies, and positions: asia critique as well as in several edited books including Q&A: Queer in Asian America (1998), Territories of Poverty: Rethinking North and South (2015) and Ethnographies of U.S. Empire (forthcoming). Her first book manuscript examines the global mobilities of conservative evangelical Christian missionaries and the second book grapples with queer geopolitics and minority coalitions in South Korea.

Sarra Lev is associate professor of rabbinic texts and Chair of the Department of Rabbinic Civilization at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. Her current interests include pedagogy, particularly for adult education, gender, and queerness. Her current book project centers on intersex in rabbinic literature, focusing on the various discourses associated with the two rabbinic categories of intersex.

Jennifer Ung Loh completed her PhD from SOAS, University of London and is currently a Research Associate at the SOAS South Asia Institute. Jenny’s research focuses on rights and representation for LGBTQ communities in South Asia, particularly looking at the role of law and the state on SOGI identities and the intersections of ‘queer’ identities with religious, caste, class, and regional differences.

Bee Scherer, PhD, is the founding Director of the Intersectional Centre for Inclusion and Social Justice (INCISE) at Canterbury Christ Church University, United Kingdom. A Full Professor of Religious Studies and Gender Studies, Bee has authored more than a dozen monographs and edited volumes on Mythology, Buddhism, and Queer Studies. Bee’s current research focuses on transfeminism, disability, gender & sexuality, and Social Justice in transnational Buddhist and Asian contexts. The founder of the interdisciplinary Queering Paradigms Social Justice research and activism network and conference series, Bee is also the editor of the Queering Paradigms and QP in Focus book series for Peter Lang, Oxford.

Claudia Schippert is Associate Professor of Humanities and Cultural Studies at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL. Schippert’s research is about American religion and popular culture, feminist and queer theories, ethics, social change, and queer pedagogy. While continuing to explore queer studies and social change, Schippert is also working on a project about the legacy of a Korean Zen Master in the United States.

Laurel C. Schneider is Professor of Religious Studies at Vanderbilt University where she is also affiliated with the Women’s & Gender Studies Program. She is the author of Beyond Monotheism (Routledge, 2007) and Re-Imagining the Divine (Pilgrim, 1999), co-author of Awake to the Moment (WJK, 2016), and co-editor of Polydoxy (2011), as well as articles in queer theory and religion.

Max Strassfeld is an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Arizona. He is a part of the Trans Studies Initiative and an affiliate faculty of Judaic Studies.

Emilie M. Townes is Dean and the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Professor of Womanist Ethics and Society at Vanderbilt Divinity School. Townes’s teaching and research interests include health care; the cultural production of evil; and analyzing the linkages among race, gender, class, sex, and sexuality. Among her many publications are Womanist Ethics and the Cultural Production of Evil (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006). She served as president of the American Academy of Religion in 2008 and of the Society for the Study of Black Religion, 2013-2016.

Mariecke van den Berg studied Theology (BA) and Gender Studies (RMA) at Utrecht University (The Netherlands). After obtaining her PhD in Public Administration at the University of Twente she has been involved in the research project “Contested Privates: the oppositional pairing of religion and homosexuality in public debates”, funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) and carried out at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Her most recent research project has been on the representation of transgender people in the media in the Netherlands and was conducted at Atria, Institute on Gender Equality and Women’s History.

Nella van den Brandt studied Cultural Anthropology, Arabic Languages and Cultures and Women’s Studies at Utrecht University (NL), and completed in 2014 a PhD thesis at Ghent University (BE) about contemporary discourses on religion among feminist activists and civil society agents in Flanders. In September 2016, she started as a postdoctoral researcher at the Department for Philosophy and Religious Studies at Utrecht University (NL). Her current research about public debates and cultural productions is part of the NWO-funded project “Beyond ‘Religion versus Emancipation’. Gender and Sexuality in Women’s Conversions to Judaism, Christianity and Islam in Contemporary Western Europe”. For further information, see

Adriaan van Klinken is Associate Professor of Religion and African Studies at the University of Leeds (UK). His research focuses on issues of religion, gender and sexuality in Africa. He recently published, with Ezra Chitando, Public Religion and the Politics of Homosexuality in Africa and Christianity and Controversies over Homosexuality in Contemporary Africa (Routledge 2016). His current book project is on Christianity and queer politics in Kenya. For more information about his work, see his personal homepage.

Heather White is Visiting Assistant Professor in Religion and Queer Studies at the University of Puget Sound, with a joint appointment in the Department of Religious Studies and the Gender & Queer Studies Program. She is the author of Reforming Sodom: Protestants and the Rise of Gay Rights, which was published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2015. She is also co-editor (with Bethany Moreton and Gillian Frank) of Devotions and Desires: Histories of Religion and Sexuality in the Twentieth Century United States, forthcoming in 2018 with the University of North Carolina Press.

Melissa M. Wilcox is Professor and Holstein Family and Community Chair of Religious Studies at the University of California, Riverside. She is the author or editor of several books and journal issues, and numerous articles, on gender, sexuality, and religion. Her books include Coming Out in Christianity: Religion, Identity, and Community; Sexuality and the World’s Religions; Queer Women and Religious Individualism; and Religion in Today’s World: Global Issues, Sociological Perspectives. Her newest work, Serious Parody: Religion, Queer Activism, and the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, is forthcoming from the Sexual Cultures Series at New York University Press, and she is at work on two textbook projects in the areas of queer studies and sexuality studies in religion.

Thelathia “Nikki” Young is Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Religion at Bucknell University. Her research focuses on the intersection of ethics, family, race, gender, and sexuality, and she is specifically interested in the impact of queerness on moral reasoning. Nikki’s first monograph, Black Queer Ethics, Family, and Philosophical Imagination, was published in 2016 (Palgrave Macmillan), and she is currently working on two collaborative manuscripts: Introducing Queer Ethics (with Robyn Henderson-Espinoza) and In Tongues of Mortals and Angels: A De-Constructive Theology of God-Talk in Acts and Paul (with Eric Barreto and Jake Meyers Press).