Rabbi Susan P. Fendrick is the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Inter-Religious Studies. She is also a writer, teacher, and spiritual director. A graduate of Brown University, she received rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, where she was a participant in NCCJ’s Seminarians Interacting program, and was a delegate to the ICCJ’s Consultation of Experts and its international Youth Conference. Sue is an alumna of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship program. She has served as a rabbi and chaplain at American and Brown Universities; an editor and educator at Jewish Family & Life (where she was founding editor of and managing editor of; and Senior Research Associate for the Initiative on Bridging Scholarship and Pedagogy at the Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education at Brandeis University. She was a member of the bibliodrama faculty at the Institute for Contemporary Midrash, and for over 20 years has taught adult Jewish education in a wide variety of settings. She is co-editor of Turn It and Turn It: Studies in the Teaching and Learning of Classical Jewish Texts (Academic Studies Press). Her writing has appeared in numerous publications, including The Women's Torah Commentary and The Women's Haftarah Commentary;The Women's Seder Sourcebook; the haggadah A Night of Questions; the journals Sh'ma, Living Text, and Kerem; and the parenting column in Boston's Jewish Advocate. 

JIRS photoKendra M. H. Moore is the Associate Editor 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, and she will graduate in May 2016. Her research interests include the intersection between psychology and the religious imagination.





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


Stephanie Varnon-Hughes, Ph.D., was a co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Inter-Religious Studies and its sister publication, State of Formation. She is the Director of Cross-Cultural & Interfaith Programs at Claremont Lincoln University, and an award-winning teacher and interfaith leader whose research interests include the history, theories, and practices of inter-religious education, mindfulness and compassion practices (with particular emphasis on practices from the Dharmic traditions, especially Jainism), public policy (especially regarding inequities in public education), and how digital and online resources can make education accessible and learner-focused. Her doctoral dissertation, in inter-religious education, focused on disequilibrium, resilience, and reflective practice as key ingredients for learning. She holds a Ph.D. from Claremont Lincoln University, an M.A. and S.T.M. from Union Theological Seminary and her undergraduate degrees are in English and Education, from Webster University.

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. 



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.



 State of Formation is a forum for nearly 250 emerging religious and ethical leaders from across the country and beyond. Founded by the The Journal of Inter-Religious Studies, it is now 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.