The Religious Studies Program

Core Faculty

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Dr. Gary L. Ebersole, Ph.D., Professor
Professor of History and Director of the UMKC Program in Religious Studies

204 Haag Hall
(816) 235-5704

Dr. Ebersole is an expert in Japanese religions, and specializes in the comparative-historical study of religion. His current interests include religion and emotion, including the phenomenon of ritual weeping; religion and the body; and religion as it relates to issues of time and space. He is the author of Ritual Poetry and the Politics of Death in Early Japan (Princeton University Press), and Captured by Texts: Puritan to Postmodern Images of Indian Captivity (University of Virginia Press).

Dr Jeffrey Bennett, Ph.D., Associate ProfessorDr. Jeffrey Bennett, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Ph.D. Sociocultural Anthropology, University of Chicago
M.A.  Sociocultural Anthropology, University of Chicago
B.A.  Sociocultural Anthropology, University of Washington

204 Haag Hall
(816) 235-2975

Dr. Bennett is an anthropologist interested in the social and psychological consequences of modernity. Subsequent to completing his Ph.D., He earned an International Diploma in humanitarian assistance from Fordham University, and he served as an Assistant Collegiate Professor and Harper Fellow at the University of Chicago.  Dr. Bennett is a core faculty member in the Center for Religious Studies and a candidate at the Greater Kansas City/Topeka Psychoanalytic Institute. Dr. Bennett is the author of When the Sun Danced: Myth, Miracles, and Modernity in Early Twentieth Century Portugal (University of Virginia Press, 2012), and he has written several articles on the American experiences of war since 9/11.

Teaching Areas: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology; Anthropology of Religion; Language and Culture; Methodological Approaches to the Study of Religion; World Religious Traditions; Visions, Dreams and Prophesies as Religious Phenomena

Research Areas: Social Theory, Historical Anthropology, Revitalization Movements, Tropes of Social and Bodily Disorder, Psychoanalysis, Portugal, India