MATL Program Core Course Faculty
Dr. Shannon Dunn is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Gonzaga. Shannon received her M.A. degree from Claremont School of Theology prior to completing her doctoral degree at Florida State University in 2012. Her areas of focus include comparative Islamic and Christian ethics, gender and religion, as well as uses of violence in religious discourses. Her dissertation examined contemporary Islamic arguments about domestic violence and justice in relation to Western feminist claims about gender justice, and she continues to research in this area. Additionally, she is working on a project that addresses the revival of conceptions of virtue in Christian theological ethics. Shannon is an active member in the Society of Christian Ethics and the Society for the Study of Muslim Ethics.
Dr. Robert Hauck, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, has a B.A. in history from Seattle Pacific University, an M.A. in Church History from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and Ph.D. in history of Christianity from Duke University. He is the author of a book and several articles and papers on early Christianity, and is working on a project on the ways Christian apologists of the second and third centuries formulated notions of salvation in relation to Hellenistic philosophy and culture. He has taught at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, the University of Virginia, the University of Oregon, and taught for ten years at Converse College in South Carolina, where he was R.L. Maclellan Professor of Religion and chair of the Department of Religion and Philosophy. Prior to coming to Gonzaga, he was Dean of Liberal Arts at Spokane Community College. A native of the Seattle area, he is married and has two children.
Kevin B. McCruden (Ph.D. Loyola University Chicago (2002); S.T.M. (1995), M.Div. (1994) Yale Divinity School; B.A. New York University (1990) is Associate Professor of Religious Studies and specializes in the area of New Testament Interpretation and Criticism. Prof. McCruden’s research interests focus on the epistolary literature of the New Testament, in particular, the Epistle to the Hebrews and the correspondence of Paul. A recipient of a Catholic Biblical Association postdoctoral fellowship in 2003, he has since published in such journals as the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Biblica, and Biblical Research. He is the author or co-editor of three books: Solidarity Perfected: Beneficent Christology in the Epistle to the Hebrews. BZNW159 (Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2008); Reading the Epistle to the Hebrews: A Resource for Students. Coedited with Eric F. Mason (Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2011); and A Body You Have Prepared for Me: The Spirituality of the Letter to the Hebrews (Collegeville, Minn.: Liturgical Press, 2013). He is currently writing The Perfector of Our Faith: Religious Experience and Common Life in the Four Gospels and the Letters of Paul (Winona: MN: Anselm Academic Press). For the 2013-14 academic year he received a Gonzaga University Exemplary Faculty Award.
Dr. Joseph Mudd joined Gonzaga’s faculty in 2010 as Assistant Professor in Religious Studies. He also serves as co-director of the graduate program. Joe holds a Ph.D. from Boston College and a Masters of Divinity from Harvard University. A native of Montana, Joe received a B.A. in Religious Studies from The University of Montana where he also worked in campus ministry. His primary area of expertise is sacramental/liturgical theology. His other areas of interest include the philosophy and theology of Bernard Lonegran, S.J., Thomas Aquinas, political and liberation theologies, the problem of evil, and Christian spirituality. Joe is the author of Eucharist as Meaning: Critical Metaphysics and Contemporary Sacramental Theology (Liturgical Press, 2014). Joe’s courses include Liturgy, Contemporary Church, and God and Evil. Before arriving at Gonzaga Joe taught at Boston College, The College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, MA) and Sacred Heart University (Fairfield, CT).
Dr. Anastasia Wendlinder is Associate Professor in the Religious Studies Department at Gonzaga University. She also serves as Co-Director of the Graduate Program. Dr. Wendlinder received her Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from the University of Notre Dame in 2004, where she wrote her dissertation on Thomas Aquinas and Meister Eckhart and served as Visiting Assistant Professor in the Theology Department. Anastasia received her M.A. in Systematic and Philosophical Theology from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California in 1993 and her B.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1987 with a double major in Psychology and Sociology. Besides her concentration in systematic theology, Anastasia’s areas of expertise include sacramental and liturgical theology, the Second Vatican Council, inter-Christian relations and issues of social justice. Anastasia is a member of the College Theology Society, the Catholic Theological Society of America and the American Academy of Religion.
Dr. Linda S. Schearing is Professor of Hebrew Scriptures at Gonzaga University, where she has taught since 1993. Before coming to Gonzaga she taught at Luther College (Decorah, IA), Rhodes College (Memphis, TN), and Emory University (Atlanta, GA). She has co-authored two books, Eve & Adam: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Readings on Genesis and Gender (Indiana University Press, 1999) and Those Elusive Deuteronomists: The Phenomenon of Pan-Dueteronomism (JSOT, 268; 1999), authored several articles, and has been a contributing writer for the Anchor Bible Dictionary, Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible, The New Interpreters Bible Dictionary, and to Women in Scripture: A Dictionary of Named and Unnamed Women in the Hebrew Bible, The apocryphal/Deuterocanoncial Books and the New Testament. In addition to these publication activities, she has served as a consultant for various presses as well as a speaker in both local and national venues. Her research interests are Hebrew Scriptures, Biblical Interpretation, the Bible and popular cultures, and women’s studies.
MATL Program Collaborating and Special Topics Faculty
Dr. Patrick Baraza – African Catholicism/Islam
Dr. Ardy Bass – New Testament/Ancient Greek Texts
Dr. Emily Clark – American Religious Traditions
Dr. John Downey – Foundational/Political Theology
Dr. Elizabeth Goldstein – Hebrew Bible/Jewish Studies
Dr. April Hughes – East Asian Religions
Fr. Steven Kuder – Religion and Literature/Christian Leadership
Dr. Ron Large – Christian Ethics/Peace Studies
Dr. Patrick McCormick – Christian Ethics/Medical Ethics/Catholic Social Teaching
Dr. Terri McKenzie – Christian Leadership
Dr. Joy Milos – Christian Spirituality
Dr. Matthew Rindge – New Testament/Bible and Film
Dr. John Sheveland – Interreligious Dialogue/Comparative Theology
Dr. Cate Siejk – Feminist Theologies/Religious Education
Dr. Scott Starbuck – Old Testament/Ancient Near Eastern Studies/Ministry
Bud Thompson – New Testament