Bird, Frederick (Distinguished Professor Emeritus) After retiring from Concordia University, Dr. Bird is currently a Research Professor at the University of Waterloo and Graduate Officer for the M.A. in Political Science. Dr. Bird's research interests are: International development and business; the practices of global ethics; the political economy of global poverty; comparative ethics; Max Weber. He is currently working on an essay on "Weber and Ethics" and a book examining the development and practices of global ethics (with respect to the environment, business practices, human rights, the uses of armed force, problems of poverty, and the interfaith movement). CV
Despland, Michel (Distinguished Professor Emeritus) Dr. Despland retired on May 31, 2011 after more than 45 years of teaching. He is currently researching Christian visual culture, specifically images of books and wounds, from their origins to 1800. CV
Lightstone, Jack (Distinguished Professor Emeritus) Dr. Lightstone's current research interests are: The social and historical study of Judaism in the Greco-Roman period and within the context of Greco-Roman society and culture; understanding early rabbinic literature in its social and cultural contexts.
Dr. Sheila McDonough (Distinguished Professor Emeritus)
Dr. T.S. Rukmani (retired) Dr. T.S. Rukmani retired on June 30, 2012 after serving as Professor and Chair of Hindu Studies in the Department of Religion since 1996. During her time as Chair in Hindu Studies, Dr. Rukmani organized two international conferences: The Mahabharata: Whatever is Not Here is Nowhere Else (2001), and Hindu Diaspora: Global Perspectives(1997) as well as publishing several books and articles and presenting at many international and national conferences. Dr. Rukmani was the recipient of many awards as well. She also invited many distinguished scholars in the area of Hinduism and Indian philosophy who gave lectures at the University and in the department.
Engler, Steven Dr. Engler's research interests are in South American religion and the Sociology of Religion. Dr. Engler is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Humanities at Mount Royal University.
Nadeau, Denise Dr. Nadeau's current research interests include: Feminist Post-Colonial Theology; Women, Indigenous Traditions and Colonialism. Dr. Nadeau was Acting Director of the Interfaith Institute for Justice, Peace and Social Movements from 2006-2010 in B.C. and is currently on the Board of the Institute.
Stoker, Valerie Dr. Stoker's research interests are: Religions of South Asia, especially medieval Hinduism and Religious Pluralism in secular democracies, and minority religious rights. Dr. Stoker is Associate Professor in the Department of Religion at Wright University, Ohio.
Duquette, Jonathan Dr. Duquette is currently a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at Concordia University. He received his Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the University of Montreal with Professor Trichur S. Rukmani as his supervisor, and he has also been her research assistant for several years. His research interests include: Advaita Vedanta; Indian Buddhism; the interaction between natural sciences and philosophy of religion. Dr. Duquette is a lecturer in South Asian studies at the University of Montreal, and has published articles in Philosophy East and West, Journal of Indian Philosophy and Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science.