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Instructor Office Phone Email website
Baltutis, Michael
Swart 322
Corley, Kathleen
Swart 308
920-424-7383  file:///C:/Users/OTT/Desktop/religious%20studies%20website/kathleen.htm
Eichler-Levine, Jodi
Swart 309 920-424-7071
Kaplan, Jeffery
Swart 310 920-424-7072
Ridgely, Susan
Swart 323
920-424-4407  On Sabbatical Until Fall 2015
1567   adjunct instructor for Fall 2014
920-424-7434  adjunct instructor for Fall 2014
 Zuern, Tobias Swart
920-424-1567   adjunct instructor for Fall 2014

Michael C. Baltutis, Ph.D.


Dr. Michael Baltutis
Assistant Professor
Office: Swart 322
Phone: (920) 424-7183
Education:  Ph.D., Univ. of Iowa 2008, Religious Studies; B.A., University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Philosophy.
Dr. Michael Baltutis is an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.  He teaches Religious Ritual, Hinduism, Religion in South Asia.  Dr. Baltutis also is advisor for the Religious Studies Club.


Kathleen Corley, Ph.D.

Dr. Kathleen Corley
Office: Swart 308
Phone: (920) 424-7383
Education:  Ph.D., Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, CA.


Dr. Kathleen Corley is a Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.  She teaches New Testament, Christianity, Gnosticism, Women in Religion.

 Jodi Eichler-Levine, Ph.D.

Dr. Jodi Eichler Levineichler-levinee
Assistant Professor
Office:  Swart 309
Phone:  (920) 424-7071
Education:  B.A. summa cum laude in Near Eastern and Jewish Studies from Brandeis University, 2000; M.A. 2004 and Ph.D.,2007, in Religion from Columbia University.


Dr. Jodi Eichler-Levine is an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Professor Eichler-Levine’s work has appeared in American Quarterly and she has presented papers at numerous academic meetings, including the Association for Jewish Studies and the American Academy of Religion. Her research interests include the role of religion in children's literature, the varying forms of contemporary American Jewish culture, and the intersection between material practice and religion. In her doctoral dissertation, “Memory’s Offspring: Uses of the Past in Jewish, Latter-day Saint, and African American children's Literature,” she examined how these three communities incorporate traumatic pasts in telling their stories as uniquely “chosen” Americans.
At UW Oshkosh, Professor Eichler-Levine teaches courses in Jewish Studies and Women’s Studies. With the understanding that courses in both of these areas often touch upon particularly challenging themes, she advises that students be open to learning about new worldviews, which may at times be very different from their own.

Professor Eichler-Levine is an avid Boston Red Sox fan. She also enjoys knitting, along with numerous other fiber arts, and adores Buffy the Vampire Slayer (and just about anything else by Joss Whedon).

Jeffery Kaplan, Ph.D.

Dr. Jeffery Kaplan
Associate Professor
Director of the "Institute for the Study of Religion, Violence, and Memory"
Office: Swart 310
Phone: (920) 424-7072
Education:  Ph.D. in the History of Culture from the University of Chicago 1993; M.A. in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy 1989; M.A. in Linguistics from Colorado State University 1981.


Dr. Jeffrey Kaplan is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and the Director of the UW Oshkosh Institute for the Study of Religion, Violence and Memory. He sits on the Editorial Boards of the journals Terrorism and Political Violence (for which he serves as book review editor), Nova Religio and The Pomegranate. He was awarded two Fulbright Lectureships in the West Bank (1986-1988), a Fulbright Bicentennial Chair at the University of Helsinki (1998-1999), and a Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation Research Award (1995).

He is the author or editor of eleven books on religious violence and millenarian terrorism. His publications include: The Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature [with Bron Taylor]; Millennial Violence: Past, Present and Future (2002); The Cultic Milieu (2002); Encyclopedia of White Power: A Source Book on the Radical Racist Right; (2000); Beyond The Mainstream: The Emergence Of Religious Pluralism In Finland, Estonia And Russia (2000); The Emergence of an Euro-American Radical Right [Co-authored with Leonard Weinberg] (1998); and Radical Religion in America: Millenarian Movements From the Far Right to the Children of Noah (1997). In addition, he has authored numerous articles, encyclopedia entries, and book reviews which have appeared in a multi-disciplinary range of academic journals. His most recent publications are “"Islamophobia in America?: September 11 and Islamophobic Hate Crime,” Terrorism and Political Violence 18:1 (Winter 2006), and “New Religious Movements and Globalization.” In Eugene V. Gallagher and W. Michael Ashcraft, eds., New and Alternative Religions in the United States, Vol. 1. (Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 2006).

Works in progress: “The Fifth Wave: The New Tribalism?,” forthcoming in Terrorism and Political Violence and a monographic work, Terrorist Groups and the New Tribalism: Terrorism’s Fifth Wave, is contracted to Routledge.


 Susan Ridgely, Ph.D.

Dr. Susan Ridgely
Assistant Professor
Office: Swart 323
Phone: (920) 424-4407
Education: Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

On sabbatical until Fall 2015

Dr. Susan Ridgely ia an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.  Susan teaches American Religions, Children and Religion, African American Religions, Catholicism, Evangelicalism.
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