Stephanie Varnon-Hughes is a Founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Inter-Religious Studies™ and a graduate of Union Theological Seminary, where she earned her Master's in Church History in 2008 and her STM in 2009.  A 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.  She is completing her doctoral studies at Claremont Lincoln University, focusing on inter-religious curriculum and engagement. Follow her on Twitter.



Michael Woolf is the Director of Publishing for the Journal of Inter-Religious Studies™.  He is a progressive candidate for ordination in the American Baptist Churches USA, a third-year Master of Divinity student and Ministry Fellow at Harvard Divinity School, and a passionate voice for both LGBT-inclusion within American Baptist congregations as well as faith-based community organizing. Born and raised in Alabama, Michael graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2011 with a degree in Religious Studies. After graduation, Michael plans to serve in local congregations, where he views his role as that of story-teller, helping people connect narratives from the Gospels with the needs, desires, and yearnings of everyday life. At Harvard Divinity School Michael serves as the Editor-in-chief of Cult/ure: The Graduate Journal of Harvard Divinity School, the Director of Harvard Divinity’s Baptist Community, and the Coordinator of Academics for HDS’ Student Association – Life Together. In his second year, Michael founded the Interfaith Caucus for Worker Justice (ICWJ), a group that brings together Harvard Divinity students from many (and no) religious traditions to organize for worker justice. ICWJ emerged from his previous experience as a seminarian organizer for the Massachusetts Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice, where he planned and executed a program that connected workers with Boston-area faith communities and helped them plan a labor-themed service. Follow Michael on twitter, or visit his website.


 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 is 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 serves 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 andCommunal 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.