Religious Studies Faculty

Dr. Christina Bucher

Carl W. Ziegler Professor of Religion and Department Chair
bucherca@etown.edu | 717-361-1182 | Website

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

Dr. Christina Bucher teaches courses in Hebrew Scriptures (Tanakh, Old Testament) and ancient Near Eastern religions and texts, as well language courses in Biblical Hebrew and upper-level seminars on the Bible (e.g., Women, Gender, and Hebrew Scriptures; Bible through Culture). She has published a commentary on the biblical book Song of Songs, and she is currently researching ways in which the Bible has been interpreted in visual art. She is a fan of J. S. Bach and Arvo Pärt and enjoys the novels of Jane Austen, Marilynne Robinson, Jhumpa Lahiri,Zadie Smith, and Kate Atkinson.

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Dr. Bucher

Dr. Jeffery D. Long

Professor of Religion and Asian Studies
longjd@etown.edu | 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. Jeff Long

Dr. Michael G. Long

Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Peace and Conflict Studies
longm@etown.edu | 717-361-1240 | Website

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

Dr. Michael G. Long is an associate professor of religious studies and peace and conflict studies at Elizabethtown College and is the author or editor of several books on civil rights, religion, and politics, including Gay Is Good: The Life and Letters of Gay Rights Pioneer Franklin Kameny; Beyond Home Plate: Jackie Robinson on Life after Baseball; Martin Luther King, Jr., Homosexuality, and the Early Gay Rights Movement; I Must Resist: Bayard Rustin’s Life in Letters; Marshalling Justice: The Early Civil Rights Letters of Thurgood Marshall; and First Class Citizenship: The Civil Rights Letters of Jackie Robinson. Long’s work has been featured or reviewed in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, USA Today, CNN, Book Forum, Ebony/Jet, and other newspapers and journals. Long blogs for the Huffington Post, and he has appeared on C-Span and NPR. He has also recently served as an expert for a forthcoming Ken Burns documentary on Jackie Robinson.

Long’s speaking engagements have taken him to the Central Intelligence Agency, the Smithsonian Museum of American History, the Library of Congress, the National Archives, the Schomberg Center of the New York Public Library, and colleges and universities. He holds a Ph.D. from Emory University in Atlanta and resides in New Cumberland, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Michael Long

Dr. Richard Newton

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
newtonr@etown.edu  | 717-361-1277 | Website

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

Dr. Richard Newton offers courses in New Testament, African American Religions, Islam, and Theories & Methods in Religious Studies. His seminars examine the intersection of religion and identity (e.g. Ethnicity, Gender, & Religion, and the Bible & Race in the USA, ). Newton's scholarship revolves around the politics of scripture-making. Active in the academic blogosphere, he curates the student-scholar magazine  Sowing the Seed: Fruitful Conversations on Religion, Culture, and Teaching  and hosts the podcast  Broadcast Seeding: Future Food for Thought

Dr. Richar Newton

Dr. Jeff Bach

Associate Professor of Religious Studies; Director of the Young Center
bachj@etown.edu | 717-361-1467

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

Jeff Bach teaches courses related to Anabaptist and Pietist groups, communal societies and an introduction to the history and thought of Christianity. His research interests include exploring how religious minorities, such as Anabaptist and Pietist groups, form their identities on the margins of society. Currently he is preparing a volume of translations of German texts from the colonial Ephrata Cloister. He enjoys music and gardening.

Jeff Bach

Rev. Dr. Tracy Wenger Sadd

Chaplain and Director of Religious Life;
Lecturer in Religious Studies; Executive Director, Purposeful Life Work & Ethical Leadership
saddt@etown.edu
| 717-361-1261

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

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