Faculty Profile

Shalom Staub

Associate Provost for Academic Affairs (2004)

Contact Information


West College (Old West) 2nd Floor


His research and teaching interests focus on 1) various dimensions of conflict analysis, conflict resolution and peacemaking, and 2) the ethnography of religious experience, including “folk” religion, religion and conflict, and the intersection of religion with race, ethnicity, and gender. These interests play out in his courses on conflict and conflict resolution studies, religion and conflict, ethnography of Jewish experience, folk religious practices in the Middle East and North Africa, and immigration and religious diversity in the US.


  • B.A., Wesleyan University, 1977
  • M.A., 1978
  • Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1985

2013-2014 Academic Year

Fall 2013

SOCI 230 Conflicts/Conflict Resolut St
Conflict seems to be an inescapable aspect of social life. Are we, as human beings, predetermined to live in conflict? Yet as social beings living in mutually dependent social groups, we have developed various simple and complex strategies for managing and resolving conflicts. We will explore these mechanisms to manage or resolve conflicts of different kinds-- inter-personally, in families, workplce-based, among ethnic, racial, and religious groups, and internationally. This course will examine the growing literature on conflict studies, and will draw on inter-disciplinary perspectives to examine conflict and conflict resolution processes and strategies.

MEST 500 Independent Study

Spring 2014

RELG 228 Confl, Violence & Peacemaking
Cross-listed with SOCI 230-01.

SOCI 230 Confl, Violence & Peacemaking
Cross-listed with RELG 228-01.This course will examine the nexus of conflict/violence and religious belief in an attempt to understand the confusing array of contemporary conflicts in which multiple sides claim divine authority for their actions.