Program  Information

Michael Taber, Chair
240 895 4900

Penny Shissler, Office Clerk
240 895 2159

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.

Daniel Meckel (on sabbatical leave 2012-13)
Associate Professor of Religious Studies

Photo of Daniel Meckel (on sabbatical leave 2012-13)

Departments: Philosophy and Religious Studies
Office: Margaret Brent Hall 104
Phone: (240) 895-4464


Daniel Meckel (Ph.D., University of Chicago) is Associate Professor of Religious Studies, specializing in religion and psychology, and Hindu religious life in India. He carries out ethnographic research on subjective and family life in the Indian Himalayas. Dan teaches courses on religion and culture in India, religion and psychological studies, and the anthropological study of religion. His research interests also include the intersection of Hindu practices and family life, the critical study of Western psychologies and their cross-cultural applicability, and religious and familial change in immigrant Hindu families in America. He regularly takes students on study tours of India. Dan was a Fulbright scholar in India and a fellow of the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research.

Professor Meckel is on sabbatical leave for fall 2012 and spring 2013.