Abell Conversations

Religious Studies instructor Kate Kelley is one of the partipants in a forum on "Course Micro-Practices to Help You Become a More Inclusive Leader" aimed at science teachers at the college level. The forum takes place Monday September 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Bond Life Science Center Room 171. 

Carrie Duncan

As Dr. Carrie Duncan was recognized with a Kemper Fellowship for her outstanding teaching, she addressed the vital role of graduate teaching assistants in the university's mission to foster teaching excellence. You can read her Kemper address here: 

Maren Bell Jones

Dr. Maren Bell Jones, BA in Religious Studies '04 and DVM '11 from Mizzou, is running for the Missouri state house of representatives in the November election for district 44, which encompasses Columbia, Hallsville, Centralia, and Sturgeon. Dr.


Carrie Duncan's Hebrew Bible class had a great opportunity to enrich their learning about the book of Psalms by attending the MU Choral Union's performance of Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms on Thursday, April 19 in Jesse Auditorium. Although they appear like poems to readers of the Bible, they are actually more akin to song lyrics.


Congratulations to Dr. Carrie Duncan on winning a prestigious Kemper Award for her outstanding teaching! Dr. Duncan was surprised in her classroom by an award delegation consisting of among others Chancellor Cartwright, Dean Okker, and Dr. Duncan's baby daughter Nora. 

Jill Raitt

Dear friends of Religious Studies,

Marcia Chatelain

Religious Studies alumna Dr. Marcia Chatelain delivered a powerful message about higher education, democracy, and the future as she was honored with a Distinguished Alumni Award during A&S week. You can read her remarks here:

Congratulations to Dr. Rabia Gregory, who has been selected to receive the 2018 Women's and Gender Studies Alumnae Anniversary Award for her contributions to the education of women at Mizzou! Well deserved, Rabia!


It was with great sadness and concern that we learned that the Task Force reviewing academic programs at Mizzou recommends the closure of our excellent Master's program in Religious Studies based largely on enrollment numbers.


Religious Studies

The Religious Studies faculty have had a very busy year!