Stephanie Varnon-Hughes is a Founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Inter-Religious Studies™ and State of FormationShe is a graduate of Union Theological Seminary, where she earned her Master's in Church History in 2008 and her STM in 2009.  A former schoolteacher, Stephanie received the Most Promising New Teacher of the Year Award of 2005 in St. Louis, Missouri and has taught English and Performing Arts in public schools in St. Louis and the Bronx.  Stephanie is a doctoral candidate at Claremont Lincoln University, focusing on inter-religious curriculum and engagement in higher education. Follow her on Twitter.


JIRS photoKendra M. H. Moore is the editorial assistant for the Journal of Inter-Religious Studies. She is currently a student at Boston University's School of Theology pursuing a Master of Theological Studies degree, and she will graduate in May 2016. Her research interests include the intersection between psychology and postmodern theology.





Honoring our former staff, who helped launch The Journal of Inter-Religious Studies.


Aimelighte Upjohn Light is the Executive Editor Emeritus of the Journal of Inter-Religious Studies™ and Assistant Professor of Theology at Duquesne University. She holds a PhD from Yale University in the philosophy of religion and an MA from Notre Dame in systematic theology. With quite a list of publications and two forthcoming books, one might imagine that she would solely engaged in editing! But because of her experience as a leader, she will be chairing the Journal's Department of Outreach and Development.


Matthew Dougherty served as Director of Publishing for the Journal of Inter-Religious Studies™. He graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College and went on to earn a Master of Theological Studies degree with a concentration in Religions of the Americas from Harvard Divinity School. He is currently a Ph.D. student in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research interests include missions in the Americas and the expression of masculinity in American Christianity. He lives in Durham, North Carolina.

Sophia Khan served as Publishing Editor of the Journal of Inter-Religious Studies, contributing blogger at Huffington Post Religion, teaching assistant at Harvard University, tutor at Veritas Tutors, and volunteer research and program assistant at Harvard Kennedy School’s Program on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery. After graduating from Dartmouth College with honors in classics and theater, Miss Khan went on to receive master’s degrees from Yale and Harvard in comparative religious ethics, human rights, and international security. Her graduate thesis examined cosmopolitanism and humanitarian intervention through the lens of Just War Theory and featured a case study on Darfur. She has worked with the International Center for Religion & Diplomacy, Harvard University Press, Asia Catalyst, and Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services. Sophia published her first cookbook, Students Go Gourmet: Simple Gourmet for Every Day in October, 2011. You can follow her on Twitter here and here.

The Journal of Inter-Religious Studies is also proud to employ the staff of State of Formation, a forum for nearly 250 emerging religious and ethical leaders from across the country and beyond. Founded by the Journal, it is a program of CIRCLE, the Center for Inter-religious & Communal Leadership Education, at Hebrew College and Andover Newton.


The Journal of Inter-Religious Studies is pleased to be a program of the Center for Inter-Religious and Communal Leadership Education (CIRCLE). CIRCLE's co-Directors, Rabbi Or N. Rose, Dr. Jennifer H. Peace, and Celene Ayat Lizzio serve as the publishers of the Journal.