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Jeff Long

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Dr. Jeff Long, professor of religion at Elizabethtown College, publishes and speaks internationally on the subject of religious pluralism.

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Why Interfaith Leadership Studies?

Interfaith leadership and service are increasingly important in the arena of global politics, but also matter greatly in local communities, suburbs, and cities. We have national partnerships with Eboo Patel's Chicago-based Interfaith Youth Core, and have sponsored students to attend the IFYC Interfaith Leadership Institute.


Why Religious Studies?

In the 21st century, religion is as powerful a force in the world as it has ever been. In our program, you can learn about the religions of the world from books, and also from real-world experiences. We have connections with many local and regional churches, synagogues, and temples.

Meet our Faculty

Dr. Christina Bucher
Carl W. Ziegler Professor of Religion and Department Chair | 717-361-1182 | Website Dr. Bucher

  • PhD, 1988, Claremont Graduate University
  • MA, 1977, Bethany Theological Seminary
  • BA, 1975, Elizabethtown College

Dr. Jeffery D. Long
Professor of Religion and Asian Studies Dr. Jeff Long | 717-361-1507

  • PhD, 2000, University of Chicago
  • MA, 1993, University of Chicago
  • BA, 1991, University of Notre Dame


Dr. Jeffery Long teaches our department’s courses on Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism (Dharma Traditions), as well as a first-year seminar on Star Wars and Asian philosophy, Sanskrit, and Comparative Theology and Interfaith Engagement. He is the author of three books and a wide array of articles on Hinduism, Indian philosophy, and religious pluralism , and a Consulting Editor for Sutra Journal . In addition to his academic and spiritual interests, he is an avid fan of science fiction and fantasy and classic rock. He also likes cats.

Dr. Michael G. Long

Dr. Michael Long
Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Peace and Conflict Studies | 717-361-1240 | Website

  • PhD, 2000, Emory University
  • MDiv, 1990, Lutheran Theological Seminary
  • BA, 1985, Geneva College

Dr. Richard NewtonGetting Carded: Documenting Identity in a Christian Nation

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies  | 717-361-1277 | Website


  • PhD, 2014, Claremont Graduate University
  • MDiv, 2009, Southern Methodist University
  • BA, 2005, Texas Christian University




In addition to our four full-time faculty, our other faculty members include:

Dr. Jeff Bach
Associate Professor of Religious Studies; Director of the Young Center | 717-361-1467

  • PhD, 1997, Duke University
  • MDiv, 1983, Bethany Theological Seminary
  • BA, 1979, McPherson College

Rev. Dr. Tracy Wenger Sadd Rev. Sadd
Chaplain and Director of Religious Life;
Lecturer in Religious Studies; Executive Director, Purposeful Life Work & Ethical Leadership
| 717-361-1261

  • DMin, Virginia Theological Seminary
  • MBA, The Pennsylvania State University
  • MDiv, Duke University
  • BA, Lebanon Valley College
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