Comparative Cultural Studies Faculty

Name & Title





Mohamed M. Abdelaziz Mohamed, M.A., Instructor of Religious Studies

(M.B., Cairo University; M.A., American University in Cairo; Ph.D., Emory University A.B.D.)

Islam, Judaism, West and South Asian religions

NAU 2011

Jason D. BeDuhn, Ph.D., Professor of Religious Studies

(B.A., University of Illinois; M.T.S., Harvard Divinity School; Ph.D., Indiana University 1995)

Religions of late antiquity, ancient and Asian christianities, biblical studies, Manichaeism

NAU 1998

Devan L. Bissonette, Ph.D., Instructor of Humanities

(B.A., M.A., Michigan State University; M.A., Ph.D., Binghamton University 2009)

Nineteenth and twentieth century American history, media history and theory, U.S. cultural demography  

NAU 2011

Alison Leigh Brown, Ph.D., Professor of Humanities

(and Co-director of BIS/BAS programs)

(B.A., University of Utah; Ph.D., University of Massachusetts 1989)

Social and political theory, recent French philosophy, feminist theory, women’s studies, philosophy

NAU 1989  

Matthew R. Burkhart, Ph.D., Instructor of Humanities

(B.A., University of Colorado-Boulder; M.A., University of Montana; Ph.D., University of Arizona 2010)

American studies, nineteenth and twentieth century American literature, Native American studies, environmental humanities, Western American studies, Latina and Latino literature, travel writing, rhetoric and composition

NAU 2011

Alexandra Carpino, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Art History

(A.B., Bryn Mawr College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Iowa 1993)

Ancient, classical, and Italian Renaissance art; women in antiquity;  patronage, and iconography, Etruscan bronze mirrors

NAU 1998  

Jayme Davis, M.A.,

Lecturer of Humanities

(B.A., Northern Arizona University; M.A., SUNY-Binghamton)

Philosophy of film, continental philosophy, aesthetics

NAU 2008

Constance DeVereaux, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer of Humanities, Program Coordinator of Arts and Cultural Management

(B.A., California State University, Los Angeles, M.A, Claremont Graduate University, M.F.A., Antioch University, Ph.D. Claremont Graduate University 2003)

Public policy, political philosophy, legal theory, arts and cultural management, arts policy

NAU 2009

Paul B. Donnelly, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Interim Department Chair

(B.A., University of Toledo; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin 1997)

Buddhism, Asian religions, religion and film

NAU 1998

Danielle Gervasio, M.A., Instructor of Humanities

(B.A., M.A., Northern Arizona University 2009)

European history and visual culture, colonialism/nationalism, art of empires

NAU 2011

Zsuzsanna Gulacsi, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Art History and Religious Studies

(B.A., M.A., Loránd Eötvös University, Budapest, Hungary; M.A., M.A., Ph.D., Indiana University 1998)

Arts of Asia, Buddhist art, Islamic Art, illuminated manuscripts

NAU 2003  

Curtis M. Hinsley, Ph.D.,

Regents' Professor of Humanities

(B.A., Princeton University; M. A., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison 1976)

American cultural and intellectual history, history of anthropology and archaeology, cultural history of the American Southwest

NAU 1988

Alyce A. Jordan, Ph.D., Professor of Art History, Associate Chair

(B.A., M.A., Syracuse University; M.A., University of Toronto; Ph.D., Bryn Mawr College 1994)

Medieval, Northern Renaissance, and Baroque art; medieval architecture and stained glass, patronage, narrative

NAU 1994  

Astrid Klocke, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Humanities Program Coordinator of Cinema Studies

(B.A., Rheinische-Friedrich-Wilhelms Universitat, Germany; M.A., Ph.D., Indiana University 2000)

German literature and film

NAU 2002

Jennifer McLerran, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Art History, Program Coordinator of Museum Studies

(B.F.A., Western Washington Univ; M.A., Univ of Colorado; M.F.A., Colorado State Univ; M.A., Ph.D., University of Washington 1999)

Twentieth-century Native American art, museum studies, feminism and visual culture, feminist theory, American art

NAU 2007

Greta Jennings Murphy, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer of Art History

(B.A., Virginia Commonwealth University; M.A., Ph.D., University of New Mexico, 2003)

Native North American, Pre-Columbian Mexican and Mayan, contemporary Native American art; cultural history of photography; race, gender, and identity

NAU 2002


Max Oelschlaeger, Ph.D., Professor of Humanities

(B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Southern Illinois University 1973)

Public humanities; ecological humanities

NAU 1998

Tom Patin, Ph.D.

Director of the School of Art and Professor of Art History

(B.F.A., Lamar University; M.F.A., Colorado State University; M.A., University of Colorado; Ph.D., University of Washington 1995)

Art Theory and Criticism, Methodologies, Visual Culture Studies; Twentieth-century American art, Museum Studies, Native American Art

NAU 2007

Daniela Penickova, Ph.D.,

Instructor of Humanities

(A.D., Prague Psychotherapeutic College; M.A., Technical University Liberec; M.A., Charles University Prague; Ph.D., University of Oregon 2005)

Southwest humanities, cultural, medical and psychological anthropology, ethnic geography

NAU 2011

Krista Rodin, Ph.D.,

Professor of Humanities

(B.A., Wayne State University; Ph.D, University of Salzburg)

Opera, Western intellectual traditions, art/music and the sacred

NAU 2008

George Van Cleve Speer, Ph.D.,

Assistant Professor of Art History, Program Coordinator of Art History

(B.A., Wake Forest University;

M.F.A, Trinity University in San Antonio;

M.A., Southern Methodist University;

Ph.D., Washington Univ in St. Louis 2004)

Twentieth-century American art and culture, European art since 1945 and its influence on American visual culture; European art from 1789 to 1940; cultural politics of the avant-garde

NAU 2006

Bruce M. Sullivan, Ph.D., Professor of Religious Studies, Program Coordinator of Religious Studies

(B.A., M.A., Trinity University; Ph.D., University of Chicago 1984)

Hinduism, Asian religions, Buddhism

NAU 1986

Gioia Woods, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Humanities, Program Coordinator of Humanities

(B.A., University of Arizona; M.A., Arizona State University; Ph.D., University of Nevada–Reno 1999)

American studies, autobiography and memoir, environmental humanities

NAU 1999  

Faculty Emeriti

John C. Acker, M.A.,
Senior Lecturer of Humanities

(B.A., M.A., Northern Arizona University 1975)

Arts and culture of India; arts and culture of Native Americans

NAU 1989 (retired 2006)

Joseph David Boles, Ph.D.,  Professor

(A.B., Rutgers College; M.A., Ph.D., Rutgers University 1983)

Cinema and Visual Culture; English and American Poetry; Popular Arts; Modernism

NAU 1983, (Retired 2008)

Thomas J. Cleman, D.M.A., Professor of Humanities

(B.A., Whitman College; M.A., University of California–Berkeley; D.M.A., Stanford University 1968)

Eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth century arts, music composition, and criticism

NAU 1969 (retired 2007)

Victoria L. Enders, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Humanities

(B.A., Mills College; M.A., Columbia University; Ph.D., University of California-San Diego 1985)

Spanish culture, gender identity, modern Europe

NAU 1985

(retired in


Marcus P. Ford, Ph.D., Professor of Humanities

(B.A., University of Puget Sound; M.A., School of Theology at Claremont; Ph.D., Claremont Graduate School 1978)

American philosophy, society and the environment, philosophy of education

NAU 1994

(retired in


Arne Hassing, Ph.D., Professor

(A.B., Boston University; Ph.D., Northwestern University 1974)

Christianity, contemporary religion, religion and science, mysticism

NAU 1973

(Retired 2010)

Peter L. van der Loo, Ph.D., Associate Professor

(Ph.D., Rijksuniversiteit Leiden, The Netherlands 1987)

Native American religions, Mesoamerican religions

NAU 1989

(Retired 2010)