July 10, 2017

Religious Studies Welcomes Elena Kravchenko

Elena Kravchenko will join the Washington University in St. Louis Program in Religious Studies as a lecturer this fall. Dr. Kravchenko received her PhD from the University of Texas at Austin in 2017. Her dissertation is titled Orthodox Women in America: The Making of a Liberal-Conservative Subject. It is a multi-lingual, multi-site, three-year ethnographic study that explores the religious lives of contemporary Russian immigrant women in the United States and American women who convert to Eastern Orthodox Christianity. Her other research interests include Religion and Material Culture; Diasporic Religion/Trans-Atlantic Christianity/Orthodox Christianity in the United States; Embodiment, Agency and Subjectivity in the Study of Religion; and Religion, Gender, Race and Ethnicity.

This fall Dr. Kravchenko will be teaching “Thinking About Religion,” an introductory course that explores questions such as “what is religion and how can we study it?” She will also teach a seminar on “Religion in the Kitchen.” This course analyzes practices of food preparation and everyday talk, thereby highlighting the kitchen as an active, material space: not merely subject to human meaning-making, but an agent, in its own right, assisting humans in creating meaning and identity.

We are very excited to welcome Dr. Kravchenko to our program and to WashU!

June 27, 2017

Classics and Religious Studies Welcome Lance Jenott

Lance Jenott will join the Washington University in St. Louis Department of Classics and Program in Religious Studies as a lecturer this fall. Dr. Jenott received his PhD from Princeton University in 2011 and has taught courses on The New Testament, studies in Christian origins, and Coptic language and literature. His other teaching interests include Second Temple Judaism, Greco-Roman philosophy, classical civilizations, and theories and methods in the study of religion. Dr. Jenott is the author of The Gospel of Judas: Coptic Text, Translation, and Historical Interpretation of the ‘Betrayer’s Gospel, and the co-author of The Monastic Origins of the Nag Hammadi Codices. He is currently working on a commentary on the Gospel of Judas for the Hermeneia Series by Fortress Press. We are very excited to welcome Dr. Jenott to our program and WashU!

About Religious Studies

…if I headed back to college today, I would major in comparative religions rather than political science." - John Kerry, “Religion and Diplomacy


Religion is a major source of inspiration, meaning, and controversy in human societies. Fast-moving forces of globalization, migration, and technology continue to bring diverse communities into closer proximity, often creating new religious communities in the process. The Religious Studies Program at Washington University gives students the opportunity to learn about diverse religions as well as to study past and current events with a critical but open mind. Click here to read more...

Upcoming Events

August 25, 2017 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Religious Studies and Religion & Politics Open House

Umrath Hall, room 118

Welcome incoming students! Join us for a joint open house and meet faculty in Religious Studies and Religion & Politics. Information about fall courses and the major and minors will be provided. Light refreshments served.

September 6, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Preserving a United Nation: Moving Forward Together Despite Our Differences

A Conversation with John C. Danforth
Emerson Auditorium in Knight Hall

Marie Griffith, Director of the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics, interviews former U.S. Senator Jack Danforth about the challenges facing our divided nation and how citizens across the political spectrum can recommit ourselves to preserving unity despite our many differences.
A reception in Frick Forum immediately following the event. Please RSVP to rap@wustl.edu or at (314) 935-9345. Sponsored by the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics and the the WU Law Public Interest Law and Policy Speakers Series.

September 8, 2017 to January 8, 2018

Renaissance and Baroque Prints: Investigating the Collection

Kemper Art Museum, Barney A. Ebsworth Gallery

The rise of printmaking in Europe in the early 15th c. facilitated major transformations in visual culture. Serialized images began to circulate on an unprecedented scale, extending beyond the confines of palaces or churches to reach new audiences of artists, collectors, and connoisseurs. This exhibit surveys the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum’s substantial holdings of prints from the late 15th to 18th centuries. Highlights include work by major innovators of the medium of printmaking such as Albrecht Dürer and Rembrandt van Rijn as well as Daniel Hopfer, Marcantonio Raimondi, and Giovanni Battista Piranesi.