Faculty Areas of Expertise

Core Faculty

David D. Grafton dgrafton@hartsem.edu (860) 509-9538
Academic Dean, Professor of Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations
Areas of Study
Christian-Muslim relationships
History of Christianity in the Middle East
American Christian perspectives on religion and society in the Middle East
19th and 20th Protestant missionary thought on Islam

Deena Grant dgrant@hartsem.edu
Associate Professor of Jewish Studies
Areas of Study
Hebrew Bible
Israelite Religion
Jewish Interpretive Traditions

Hossein Kamaly hkamaly@hartsem.edu
Associate Professor of Islamic Studies
Areas of Study
Quranic Studies
Shi’a Studies
Islamic Studies
Interfaith Interpretive Traditions
Philosophy of Religion
Deontic Logic
Intellectual History

Scott Thumma sthumma@hartsem.edu (860) 509-9537
Professor of Sociology of Religion
Director, D.Min. Program
Director, Hartford Institute for Religion Research
Areas of Study
Megachurch characteristics and dynamics
The increase in nondenominational churches
The impact of the Internet on congregational dynamics
Congregational studies of healthy growth and member engagement
Congregational/Denominational trends of Religion in America

Timur Yuskaev yuskaev@hartsem.edu (860) 509-9554
Associate Professor of Contemporary Islam
Holder of the Islamic Chaplaincy Faculty Chair
Director, Imam and Muslim Community Leadership Program
Co-Director, Islamic Chaplaincy Program
Editor of The Muslim World journal
Areas of Study
Contemporary Islam
American Muslim Communities
Qur’anic Studies

Faculty Associates

Bilal W. Ansari bansari@hartsem.edu
Faculty Associate in Muslim Pastoral Theology
Co-Director, Islamic Chaplaincy Program
Areas of Study
Arts of Ministry
Contemporary Islamic Ethics
Institutional Leadership
Islamic Law
Muslim Pastoral Theology

Brian Clark bclark@hartsem.edu
Faculty Associate in World Christianity
Director of Online Learning
Areas of Study
Modern World Christianity
History of Mission
Transatlantic Methodism
Early Evangelicalism
Women in Popular Protestantism
The Design of Instruction
Instruction of Adult Learners

Suheil Laher slaher@hartsem.edu
Faculty Associate in Qur’anic Studies
Areas of Study
Islamic intellectual history
Qur’anic and Hadith studies
Arabic language, literature, and rhetoric

Adair Lummis alummis@hartsem.edu (860) 509-9547
Faculty Associate in Research
Areas of Study
Clergy concerns
Gender, spirituality and leadership in faith communities
Denominational policies

Lucinda Mosher lmosher@hartsem.edu (646) 335 2951
Faculty Associate in Interfaith Studies
Areas of Study
America’s Religious Diversity
Theology: Christian and Comparative
Christian-Muslim Relations
Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations

Allison Norton anorton@hartsem.edu
Faculty Associate in Migration Studies and Congregational Life
Areas of Study
Religious Identities
The New Second Generation
African Pentecostalism

Michael Piazza mpiazza@hartsem.edu
Faculty Associate in Congregational Renewal
Areas of Study
Congregational Renewal
Preaching and Worship
Stewardship and Development
Leadership Development
Turn around congregations
Social Justice and Activism
LGBTQ Studies

 Donna Schaper donnaschaper@judson.org
Faculty Associate in Religious Leadership
Areas of Study
Leadership Development
Turn around congregations
Start-up Congregations
New Church Starts
Fund and Energy Raising
Pastoral Theology
Public Ministry
Parish Ministry Administration

Benjamin Watts bwatts@hartsem.edu (860) 509-9514

Faculty Associate in Religion and Community Life
Director of the Black Ministries Program
Areas of Study
Arts of Ministry

Miriam Therese Winter mtwinter@hartsem.edu (860) 509-9558
Emerita Professor in Transformative Leadership and Spirituality
Director, Master of Arts in Transformative Leadership and Spirituality
Director of the Women’s Leadership Institute
Areas of Study
Feminist Studies

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