Lecturer Faculty

Lecturer Faculty

Professor Information and Bio

Joseph Conti, Ph.D.

Lecturer

Joe conti CSULBconti bookDr. Conti’s research focus is Christian mysticism and the psychology of contemplative spirituality. He has a Ph.D. in Religion and Social Ethics from the University of Southern California, and is the author of Holistic Christianity: The Vision of Catholic Mysticism (2005). Dr. Conti has been with the Religious Studies faculty since the Spring of 2000.

 

Ronald Dubay, Ph.D.

Lecturer

Dubay PicturePh.D. in History, University of California, Irvine. Dr. Dubay has has been with the Religious Studies faculty since the Spring of 2002. A former ASI Vice President calls Dubay his favorite professor of all he studied with at CSULB.

Bradley Hawkins, Ph.D.

Lecturer Emeritus

BradleyHawkins[1]hawkins booksDr. Brad Hawkins’ area of specialization is the religions of Southeast and South Asia. He received his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Toronto in Asian History, an M.A. in Religious Studies from Loyola University, New Orleans, and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He teaches courses in Southeast Asian religions, Hinduism and other South Asian religions, and the study of small-scale religions. His current research projects include a religious history of Southeast Asia to 1500 CE, a study of Buddhist groups in the LA area, and a comprehensive overview of small-scale religions in Indochina. Prof. Hawkins has been with the Religious Studies faculty since the Spring of 1995.

 

  • Phone: (562) 985-4613
  • Location: MHB-610
  • Email: brad.hawkins@csulb.edu
  • Spring 2021 Office Hours: MW 9 – 11 AM

Nandini Mahtani, Ph.D.

Lecturer

Dr. Mahtani completed her MA in Religious Studies at Vanderbilt University (TN) and received her Doctorate in Religious Studies from the University of Kent (UK). Her graduate coursework focused on the impact of colonialism on modern Hindu concepts. She is also interested in how modern representations of Hindu ideas (in the media, film and contemporary literature) continue to influence the representation of ancient traditions, texts and scriptures for Hindus today, both in India and in the diaspora. 

  • Phone: (562) 985-4613
  • Location: MHB-610
  • Email: nandini.mahtani@csulb.edu
  • Spring 2020 Office Hours: T/TH 11 – 12:15 PM

Nayawiyyah Muhammad, M.A.

Lecturer 

Professor Muhammad recieved her B.A. and M.A. in Religious Studies, with an emphasis on Ancient and Medieval Judaism, Christianity, and Islam from CSULB. Currently, Professor Muhammad is a Ph.D. candidate in Religion at Claremont Graduate University with a focus on Women’s Studies in Religion. Her primary fields of research engage the intersection of core Islamic rituals and sacred space with gender and sexuality focused upon her research topics in Islam and the Body; Feminism and Islam; Muslims in America; and Eco-feminist Theology. Professor Muhammad is part of an on-going team of scholars involved in a Digital Humanities project whose goal is the establishment of a virtual archive of hadith transmissions of the wives of Prophet Muhammad. This endeavor seeks to offer commentary, historical timelines, insight into kinship networks and Islamic rituals, thus providing significant applicability for anyone researching women in Islam in general, and the “Mothers of the Believers” in particular.

J. Colin Stringfellow, M.A.

Lecturer

Professor Colin Stringfellow obtained his B.A. and M.A. in Religious Studies from CSULB where his primary focus was early Christianity. He has a special interest in early church heresies with an emphasis on the spread and influence of Simon Magus, as well as the historical context of 1st century Samaria that allowed Simon’s influence to flourish.

  • Phone: 562-985-5785
  • Location: MHB 603
  • Email: j.stringfellow@csulb.edu
  • Spring 2020 Office Hours: TTH 11 AM – 12 PM or by appointment on Zoom

Mariam Youssef

Lecturer

Mariam Youssef teaches at CSULB and Cerritos College. Her research focuses on issues of gender, sexuality, and survival, especially in persecuted religious communities. She is the author of Gendered Paradigms in Theologies of Survival: Silenced to Survive.

  • Phone: 562-985-5785
  • Location: MHB 811
  • mariam.youssef@csulb.edu
  • Spring 2020 Office Hours: M, Tu, W, Th 12:30 – 1:30 PM