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.

Katharina Von Kellenbach
Professor of Religious Studies

Photo of Katharina Von Kellenbach

Departments: Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies
Office: Mararet Brent Hall 202
Phone: (240) 895-4277


  • PhD 1990: Temple University.
  • MA 1984: Temple University.
  • 1982: Georg August Universität Göttingen (Theology).
  • Colloquium 1981: Kirchliche Hochschule Berlin.

Link to Katharina Von Kellenbach's Personal Site


Katharina Von Kellenbach (Ph.D., Temple University) is a Professor of Religious Studies. Her publications include Anti-Judaism in Feminist Religious Writings (Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1994) and The Mark of Cain: Guilt and Denial in the Lives of Perpetrators of the Holocaust (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013). She has co-edited books on interreligious dialogue and Jewish-Christian relations, feminist theology, and the theological and moral challenges of Holocaust history. She has also rediscovered the archival files of the first ordained female rabbi, Regina Jonas (1902-1944) who perished during the Holocaust. She is currently working on the challenges of religious education in an increasingly secular, globalized, and religiously pluralist world.