Axel Marc Oaks Takács is a doctoral candidate at Harvard Divinity School. His areas of focus are Islamic Studies, Christian theology, and comparative theology. He is currently working on his dissertation, which is an exercise in comparative and constructive theology between a Christian and Islamic textual tradition. While having studied the classical and post-classical Islamic intellectual tradition broadly, his more narrow specialty is on the formative Islamic mystical tradition of Muḥyiddin ibn ʿArabī, his later Arabic and Persian interpreters, and its influence on the Persian poetic tradition. On the Christian side, he reads pre-modern theological texts in search of constructive theological application in our contemporary world, always with a comparative lens that reflects the multi-religious and pluralistic world in which we live. In addition to his editorial position at the Journal of Inter-Religious Studies, he is the co-founder and current Editor-in-Chief of the graduate student publication, Journal of Comparative Theology (www.comparativetheology.org). He has published in numerous journals, including the Journal of Ecumenical Studies, the Journal of the Muḥyiddin ibn ʿArabī Society, and The Cord. His most recent publication is a book chapter in How To Do Comparative Theology (Fordham University Press, forthcoming): “An Interpreter and Not a Judge: Insights into Christian-Islamic Comparative Theology.” He is currently a residential house tutor at Kirkland House of Harvard College.
Kendra 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.
Aimee 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.