Björn Krondorfer

Vice-President

Björn Krondorfer  Björn Krondorfer has a wide-ranging interest in applying religious studies to various segments in culture, society, and politics. Initially pursuing a theology degree in Germany, he switched to comparative religious studies at Temple University in Philadelphia (PhD 1990). His extensive scholarship on the intersection of masculinity and religion helped to define the field of…

Pamela D. Winfield

Pamela D. Winfield Pamela D. Winfield is Professor of Buddhist Studies at Elon University, NC. Her award-winning book Icons and Iconoclasm in Japanese Buddhism and her co-edited volume (with Steven Heine) entitled Zen and Material Culture were both published by Oxford University Press. She has edited several themed issues of CrossCurrents Journal and published extensively…

Executive Director

S. Brent Rodríguez-Plate Born in the year of the Fire Horse, Professor Rodríguez-Plate has traveled the world seeking ways that people practice and/or fight against religious traditions, whether ancient or modern. Convinced that religion has less to do with beliefs than with bodies, Rodríguez-Plate queries the ways people connect with physical objects through sense perception:…

S. Brent Rodriguez-Plate Born in the year of the Fire Horse, Professor Rodríguez-Plate has traveled the world seeking ways that people practice and/or fight against religious traditions, whether ancient or modern. Convinced that religion has less to do with beliefs than with bodies, Rodríguez-Plate queries the ways people connect with physical objects through sense perception: the things…

Dr. Amanullah De Sondy

Associate Editor

Dr. Amanullah De Sondy Dr. Amanullah De Sondy is Head of the Study of Religions Department at University College Cork in Ireland and Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Islam. Aman has taught Islamic Studies at Ithaca College and University of Miami in the USA and is an affiliate of the University of Glasgow’s Theology and Religious…

Hussein Rashid

Cultural Connections Editor

Hussein Rashid, PhD Hussein Rashid, PhD, is a native New Yorker whose pop culture worldview is shaped by Star Wars. His idea of fun is getting into the minutiae of speculative fiction, without ostracizing anyone. His academic interests means that he knows that Jabba the Hutt trades in Orientalist stereotypes, and that Hermione really should’ve…

Rosalind Flynn Hinton

Cultural Connections Editor

Rosalind Flynn Hinton Rosalind Hinton is an oral historian, independent scholar, educator, non-profit consultant and activist. She considers New Orleans her home and context. Having studied music as an undergraduate in New Orleans she celebrates the joyous mix of intuitive and embodied knowledge from multiple communities as the basis for a justice seeking democracy. She…

Tim Beal

Associate Editor

Timothy Beal Timothy Beal is the Florence Harkness Professor of Religion at Case Western Reserve University and Director of h.lab, which approaches the human-tech interface by empowering humanities scholars and students to experiment with and critically reflect on new and emerging computational tools and methods. Tim has published fifteen books, most recently The Book of Revelation: A Biography, for which…

Melanie Barbato

Associate Editor

Melanie Barbato Melanie Barbato is a researcher and poet. She has a passion for the beauty, the good, the bad, and the ugly of religious communication, verbal and nonverbal, especially across religious or cultural boundaries. Melanie is currently based at the University of Münster, Germany, where she studies the language of diplomatic Hindu-Christian dialogue. She enjoys…

Randall Styers

Randall Styers  Randall Styers has been member of the board since 2003.  He has worked as a corporate lawyer in New York and Los Angeles, a delivery driver, an academic dean, and a musician.  Styers now teaches at UNC Chapel Hill, where his research and teaching focus on the place of religion in modern American…