Photo Name Contact Research Areas
Delbert Burkett Delbert Burkett
123 Coates
Origins of Christianity
Lauren H Griffin

Lauren Horn Griffin

Assistant Professor
122 Coates


Religion and Politics
Michael Pasquier Michael Pasquier
210A Coates
American Religious History 
Maria Rethelyi

Maria Rethelyi

Religious Studies Head

Associate Professor
112 Coates

Kenny Paul Smith Kenny Paul Smith
Senior Instructor
122 Coates

Magic, Religion, Paranormal Phenomena, and American Culture 
Bradley K. Storin Bradley K. Storin
Associate Professor
 Undergraduate Advisor
113 Coates
Early Christianity
Madhuri M. Yadlapati Madhuri M. Yadlapati
105 Coates

 Philosophy of Religion

Carrie Powell

Coordinator of Office Operations

102 Coates Hall




Part Time Instructor

Photo Name Contact Research Areas
claire Claire Hautot

121 Coates 

Religious Studies

Retired Faculty

Photo Name Research Areas Contact Information
Stuart Irvine

Stuart Irvine

Retired Associate Professor

Hebrew Bible
115 Coates
Charles Isbell Charles Isbell
Retired Associate Professor

Jewish Studies
Professor Paul Arai
Retired Professor Emeritus

Asian Religions


In Remembrance

Photo Name Research Areas Notes
John Whittaker

John Whittaker

Professor Emeritus

Philosophy of Religion

The Department regrets to announce that John H. Whittaker, professor emeritus of Philosophy and Religious Studies, passed away on July 26, 2019. During his twenty-eight
years at LSU, Prof. Whittaker served as director of the Religious Studies Program (1980-1994) and as chair of the Department (2003-2006). He was an outstanding scholar in the philosophy of religion and a beloved teacher of religion courses.