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

2014-2015 Academic Year

Fall 2014

RELG 228 Confl, Violence & Peacemaking
Cross-listed with SOCI 230-03.

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. Looking at this "problem" across multiple cases, both domestically and internationally, this course will challenge you to understand the common patterns and variations to religiously justified conflict and violence, as well as the ways that religion can provide the deep narrative for conflict resolution and peace building.

Spring 2015

JDST 247 Saints and Demons
Cross-listed with MEST 250-01 and RELG 247-01.

RELG 247 Saints and Demons
Cross-listed with JDST 247-01 and MEST 250-01.

MEST 250 Saints and Demons
Cross-listed with JDST 247-01 and RELG 247-01.

Summer 2015

HEST 250 Health & Aging
Selected topics in HEST will vary with each offering, reflecting the interests of faculty and students as well as evolving concerns of the field. Prerequisite dependent upon topic, or permission of the instructor.