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Staff members with discipline Religion

Academia develops at the interface of different fields. This is one reason why the University of Groningen is home to a wide range of fields, each with a great number of subject specialists. The overview below, which is based on a standard categorization of fields, will help you find the right expert for each field. If you cannot find the expert you are looking for in this list, try searching via a related field or faculty; you may find him or her there.

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Dead Sea Scrolls; Ancient History of the Near East; Ancient Judaism
A.W. (Ayhan) Aksu, M
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PhD Student
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Pilgrimage studies, Religious Tourism, Local Policy
A. Anwar Masduki, MA
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PhD student
Gender and Religion in the Early Modern Period; Religion and Biography; Reformation in Europe; Religious Dissenters in the Early Modern Period; Liberal Protestantism in 19th-century Europe
prof. dr. M.P.A. (Mirjam) de Baar
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Professor of the Cultural History of Early Modern Christianity, with a special emphasis on the Religious History of the Netherlands in its International Context.
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Religion, secularity, international development, health, gender, sexuality, civil society, NGOs, knowledge valorisation, Netherlands, Uganda, Eastern and Southern Africa
dr. B.E. (Brenda) Bartelink
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Senior Researcher (postdoc)
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Everyday religion, pilgrimage studies, Anthropology of Islam, Migration & Identity, Muslims in diaspora, Dialogical Self Theory, Biographical Research
prof. dr. M.W. (Marjo) Buitelaar
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Professor of Contemporary Islam
Peace and peacebuilding, democracy, power-sharing democracy, group identities and group rights
S. (Sanne) Hupkes
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PhD Candidate
Ritual and Liturgy (History, Theology, Practice); Material Culture and Religion; History of the Book (Codicology; Palaeography; Beneventan Studies); Medieval Education (Distichs of Cato; Erasmus); Heritage Studies; Digital Text Editing
dr. A.J.M. (Andrew) Irving
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History of ideas, interaction religion - philosophy; practical philosophy (ethics, political philosophy); history of death, dying and bereavement
prof. dr. C. (Christoph) Jedan
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Professor of comparative philosophy of religion and ethics
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I do qualitative research on religion and secularism in the Netherlands, in recent years especially focusing on the themes of gender and sexuality. I am currently directing the project "Sexuality, Religion and Secularism" (funded by the Netherlands Foundation for Research, NWO). Previous research focused on Catholicism and spirituality in the Netherlands and on Nigerian Pentecostalism in Europe and the Netherlands. I have also published a series of theoretical and methodological reflections on the dilemma's of participant observation in studying religion.

For students: I only accept supervision of projects that employ qualitative research methods.
dr. K.E. (Kim) Knibbe
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Associate Professor Sociology and Anthropology of Religion
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Jews and Christians in the early Roman Empire
B.E.A.L. (Birgit) van der Lans, MA
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Lecturer / PhD student
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Islam and Islamic law in China; Muslim minorities in China; legal development in contemporary Chinese society
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Confidential Advisor Scientific Integrity

Medical Ethics, Scientific Integrity, Medical Humanities
dr. E.L.M. (Els) Maeckelberghe
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Senior Lecturer Ethics / Confidential Advisor Scientific Integrity
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Eastern Roman Empire, Provincial administration, Hellenistic-Roman Judaea (society and life), Hasmonean Revolt and Rule, Jewish Wars against Rome, Judaean expatriate communities (Diaspora), works of Flavius Josephus, ancient historiography and rhetoric, Jewish-Christian (and -Roman) relations to the emperor Julian.
prof. dr. S.N. (Steve) Mason
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Distinguished Professor of Ancient Mediterranean Religions and Cultures
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Death Studies, Ritual Studies, Psychology of Religion, Religious Diversity, Anthropology of Religion
dr. B.M.H.P. (Brenda) Mathijssen
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Assistant Professor of Psychology, Culture and Religion
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History of Nineteenth- & Twentieth-century German and Dutch Theology and Religious Studies; Ernst Troeltsch (1865-1923); History of Liberal Protestantism; Religion & Society; Material Christianity; Religion in the Public Domain
prof. dr. A.L. (Arie) Molendijk
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Professor of the History of Christianity; Professor of the Philosophy of Religion
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- Middle East
- Islam
- Global jihadism (al-Qaeda, IS)
- Religion and violence
dr. P.G.T. (Pieter) Nanninga
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Assistant Professor Middle Eastern Studies
Midrash; Culture and Cognition; Cognitive Science of religion; Cultural study of Emotions
dr. R. (Ronit) Nikolsky
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Assistant Professor Culture and Cognition
Old Testament - Book of Joshua - Hermeneutics - Archaeology of Palestine- History of reception
prof. dr. E. (Ed) Noort
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Professor em. of Ancient Hebrew Literature and the History of Religion of Ancient Israel
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Liability law; rent law; religion & law, in particular on the verge of religious communion and private law 
prof. mr. dr. F.T. (Fokko) Oldenhuis
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Professor by religion & law
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Secularization; History of Christianity; Philosophy of History
prof. dr. H.J. (Herman) Paul
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Professor of secularization studies
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Hebrew Bible, Dead Sea Scrolls, Judaism in the Graeco-Roman period, archaeology, Roman Judaea and the Jewish War against Rome, parabiblical literature, astrology and magic

see also http://www.rug.nl/news-and-events/people-perspectives/inbeeld/mpopovic

prof. dr. M. (Mladen) Popovic
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Dean of the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies
Anthropology of Religion, Religion and Society of modern India, Hinduism, Material Culture, Jagannath Tradition, Ritual Studies, Anthropology of Economy
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PhD student
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New Testament and Early Christianity
Nag Hammadi codices and Gnosticism 
Early Christian Apocrypha
Religion and Philosophy in Late Antiquity
Plutarch of Chaeronea
prof. dr. F.L. (Lautaro) Roig Lanzillotta
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Professor of New Testament and Early Christian Studies
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Hebrew Bible; Reception History; Early Jewish Literature; the Book of Jubilees
prof. dr. J.T.A.G.M. (Jacques) van Ruiten
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Professor of the Reception History of the Bible: Historical hermeneutics
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Philosophy of Religion, Philosophy of History, Theories of Religion, Secularism and the Post-Secular, Religion and Politics
B.B. (Benjamin) Schewel, PhD
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Lecturer and Researcher
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Relationship theology and culture
prof. dr. W.H. (Wouter) Slob
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Professor
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Working in international and interdisciplinary scholarly teams and networks; experience in leading groups inside and outside the university; experience in publishing professional journals and book series; commitment to teaching.

Scholarly focus of interest:
European cultural history from antiquity through today, with a focus on religion in diverse cultural settings; Diversity of knowledge systems; Method and theory in the study of religion; Discursive study of religion; Esoteric discourses in European culture, with special emphasis on astrology and kabbalah; Religion, philosophy, and nature; Religion and secularity
prof. dr. C.K.M. (Kocku) von Stuckrad
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Professor of Religious Studies
Religion, Conflict, Peacebuilding and Reconciliation; Religion and Politics; Community Development; Civil Society and Social Movements
dr. J. (Joram) Tarusarira
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Assistant Professor of Religion, Conflict and Peacebuilding
Religion and Society in Modern China; Buddhism and Buddhists in 20th century China and Taiwan; Buddhist teaching of Yinshun (1906-2005); Madhyamika in China and 大智度論; Religion and the Media in China (online Buddhist rituals; Buddhist films and documentaries); Buddhist Women in Taiwan; Buddhist Education in Chinese History; New Guanyin Worship.
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Assistant Professor of Religion in Asia (tenure track)
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Sociology of Religion
dr. S.J. (Sipco) Vellenga
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Vice Dean / Director of Teaching
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Cultural and Intellectual History of Modern Germany and Europe; Transnational History of Religion and Secularism; History of modern worldviews.
prof. dr. T.H. (Todd) Weir
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Qur'ānic Studies; Late Antiquity; Christian Arabic; Syriac
C.E. (Clare) Wilde, PhD
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Assistant Professor, tenure track
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Religion and politics, secularism, refugees and forced migration, human rights, development, global justice, globalization, climate change
dr. E.K. (Erin) Wilson
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Associate Professor Politics and Religion
Judaism in the Graeco-Roman Period, Ancient Historiography, Flavius Josephus, Ancient Cosmology
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PhD student
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Relational Psychoanalysis; Identity Theory; Art, I magination and Religion; Spiritual Care
prof. dr. T.H. (Hetty) Zock
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Professor of Religion and Mental Health, in particular in the domain of Spiritual Care (Special chair of the KSGV, Study Centre for Religion and Mental Health, sponsored by the VVP, Association of Dutch Liberal Protestants)
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Judaism in the Greco-Roman period, Jewish Hellenistic literature, Hebrew Bible, New Testament, pseudepigrapha, Philo of Alexandria, Septuagint, ancient education
J.M. (Jason) Zurawski, PhD
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Postdoctoral Fellow, Qumran Institute
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