What our professors do when they aren’t teaching.
From research to activism, Montclair State University Religion department faculty members are active, engaged scholars outside the classroom. Below is a sampling of activities they are engaged in.
The Religious Imagination
The Sixth Annual Creative Research Center Symposium, in collaboration with the University’s Creative Research Center, featured members of the department of Religion reflecting on the imaginative actions in religion and religious studies.
Panel discussion with entire faculty reflecting on the nature of religion and the role of the imagination in religious practices.
Dr. Dorothy Rogers
Dr. Rogers is currently working on a two-part book project:
- Women Philosophers: German Thought in the U.S.
- Women Philosophers: Entering Academia in the U.S.
Both texts are expected to be published by Bloomsbury Press in 2019.
She is also writing “Sanctuary: Religion and Law in America,” a book chapter set to appear in Law and Religion in the Liberal State, edited by Jahid Bhuiyan and Uddin Khan.
Apart from serving on several campus committees, she is the co-chair of the University’s Council for Faith and Spirituality, as well as being part of Montclair State’s President’s Commission on Affirmative Action and Diversity.
For the last two years Dr. Rogers has coordinated lecture series on religion and social/political thought in public life for local community groups, where she herself presented on feminism and left-wing Christian activism.
Dr. Mark Clatterbuck
Dr. Clatterbuck recently published Crow Jesus: Personal Stories of Native Religious Belonging (University of Oklahoma Press, 2017).
He is also the co-founder of Lancaster Against Pipelines (LAP), a 501c3 federal non-profit battling the fracked-gas industry in Pennsylvania. Defenders of environmental and community rights, LAP’s educational, legal, and regulatory efforts against the gas industry are accompanied by ambitious grassroots activism. Over fifty members of LAP have been arrested in non-violent actions aimed at derailing pipeline installation through the community’s farmland, waterways, forests, and neighborhoods.
Dr. Clatterbuck is also involved with other climate justice work from a faith-based perspective, including his work with a federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act lawsuit filed against the gas industry by the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, a vowed order of Roman Catholic women. The Washington Post reported on their lawsuit in 2017.
Dr. John Soboslai
Dr. Soboslai is a specialist in the comparative study of religion and violence, focusing on martyrdom and self-sacrifice. During the Summer of 2016 he spent time at the British Library’s Indian Office of Records compiling letters written by Sikh soldiers serving in British forces during World War I. Parts of that research was published in his article “Sikh Self-Sacrifice and Religious Representation During World War I” published by the journal Religions.
He is also working on a book to be titled Witnessing Death: Global Ideologies of Martyrdom which is a comparative study of martyrdom across time and tradition. There, he compares cases of martyrdom in second-century Christianity, Shi’a Islam during the 1980s, the Sikh soldiers mentioned above as well as Tibetan Buddhists who have been self-immolating in opposition to the programs of the People’s Republic of China. This last case led to his co-authored article “The Bodhisattva, the Dharmarāja, and the Dalai Lamas: Evaluating the Religious and Political Causes of Tibetan Self-Immolation,” published in the Journal of the American Academy of Religion.
In 2016, Dr. Soboslai was selected as the year’s Sherman Emerging Scholar by the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. As part of the award he gave a presentation “Dying For God? Martyrdom Across Time,” and was also interviewed for UNC-TV on the subject of martyrdom and suicide bombing.
Dr. Kate Temoney
Dr. Temoney is a specialist in religion and human rights, and her current research analyzes the intersections of religion and genocide. She is the guest editor of a special issue of Genocide Studies and Prevention on genocide education and prevention, an issue she also contributed an article assessing the 2017 United Nations Plan of Action for Religious Leaders and Actors to prevent atrocity crimes. She is also preparing a conference paper on immigration, religion, and cultural memory in post-genocide Rwanda along with an entry on apotheosis (deification) for the Narrative Modes of Historical Discourse in Asia (NAMO) Project.
Since joining Montclair State’s faculty in 2016, she has traveled throughout the U.S. and abroad to countries like Australia, Brazil, and Morocco as an invited speaker and conference presenter or participant. She also is the co-founder of the Genocide Education & Prevention Project (GEAPP), which held its first conference at the University in the Summer of 2017.
In the near future Dr. Temoney will be participating in a program on Building a National Architecture for Peace with George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, as well as the U.S. State Department’s Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom. She will also be a featured presenter at the renowned Stimson Center think tank’s forum on Religion and Genocide Prevention.