Alicia Batten
519-885-0220 x24246
Location: 
CGR 2116

Areas of Interest:

  • The Letter of James
  • Social History of Christian Origins and Early Christianity
  • History of Biblical Interpretation 
Group(s): 
Faculty
Jeremy Bergen
519 885 0220 Ext. 24234
Location: 
CGR 2122

Areas of interest:

  • Christian theology
  • Mennonite theology
  • Ecclesiology and ecumenism
  • Apologies and reconciliation
  • Martyrdom
Group(s): 
Faculty
Group(s): 
Professors emeriti
Group(s): 
Professors emeriti
Douglas Cowan
519-884-4404 x28607
Location: 
REN 0217

Areas of interest:

  • Sociology of Religion
  • Religion and Popular Culture (especially science fiction and horror)
  • New Religious Movements
Group(s): 
Staff; Faculty
Secil Dagtas
519-888-4567 x32991
Location: 
PAS 2019
Group(s): 
Faculty in other departments
Lorne L. Dawson.
519-888-4567 x35340
Location: 
PAS 2041

Areas of interest:

  • Sociology of Religion
  • New Religious Movements
  • Theory and Method

PhD (McMaster)
MA (McMaster)
BA Honours (Queen's)

Research and teaching areas

Research:

  • Terrorism
  • Radicalization
  • New Religious Movements
  • Sociology of Religion

Teaching areas:

  • Terrorism
  • Sociology of Religion
  • Sociological Theory
Biographic statement

Dr. Dawson is a Full Professor in the Department of Sociology and Legal Studies and the Department of Religious Studies. He has served as the Chair of both departments. He has published three books, five edited books, and seventy-seven academic articles and book chapters. Until 2008 most of his research was in the sociology of religion, in particular the study of new religious movements. Since then terrorism has become the primary focus of his research, in particular the process of radicalization leading to violence. In 2012 he co-founded the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society (TSAS). He is the current Project Director (see www.tsas.ca) of this partnership. TSAS operates with funds competitively awarded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Public Safety Canada, Defence Research and Development Canada, and other organizations. Dr. Dawson regularly makes invited presentations to a wide variety of government, academic, and public groups about various aspects of terrorism and counter-terrorism, and is frequently interviewed by the media on these topics. He also has been involved in the supervision of over thirty PhD students.

  • Outstanding Performance Award (University of Waterloo): 2005, 2007, 2012
  • Biography in Canadian Who's Who: 2000-present
Selected publications

Summary:

  • 3 books
  • 5 edited books
  • 42 articles
  • 35 chapters

Books:

  • Jeremy Littlewood, Lorne L. Dawson, SaraThompson, eds., Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism in Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2019.
  • Paul Bramadat and Lorne L. Dawson, eds., Religious Radicalization and Securitization in Canada and Beyond. Toronto: University of Toronto Press (2014).
  • Lorne L. Dawson and Joel Thiessen, The Sociology of Religion: A Canadian Perspective. Toronto: Oxford University Press (2014).
  • Lorne L. Dawson, Comprehending Cults: The Sociology of New Religious Movements. Second Edition. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2006.
  • Lorne L. Dawson and Douglas E. Cowan, eds., Religion Online: Finding Faith on the Internet. New York: Routledge, 2004.

Articles & Book Chapters:

  • Lorne L. Dawson, “Taking Terrorist Accounts of their Motivations Seriously: An Exploration of the Hermeneutics of Suspicion,” Perspectives on Terrorism (forthcoming in 2019).
  • Lorne L. Dawson, “Religion and Violent Extremism,” in Robert Segal, ed., Wiley-Blackwell Companion to the Study of Religion (2nd ed.). Oxford: Blackwell, forthcoming 2019.
  • Lorne L. Dawson and Amarnath Amarasingam, “Canadian Foreign Fighters in Syria and Iraq, 2012-2016,” in Jeremy Littlewood, Lorne L. Dawson, and Sara Thompson, eds., Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism in Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2019.
  • Lorne L. Dawson, “Clarifying the Explanatory Context for Developing Theories of Radicalization: Five Basic Considerations.” Journal for Deradicalization 18 (Spring), 2019: 50-87.
  • Lorne L. Dawson, “Debating the Role of Religion in the Motivation of Religious Terrorism,” Nordic Journal of Religion and Society 31 (2), 2018: 98-117.
  • Deven Parekh, Amarnath Amarasingam, Lorne Dawson, Derek Ruths, “Studying Jihadists on Social Media: A Critique of Data Collection Methodologies,” Perspectives on Terrorism 12 (3), 2018: 5-23.
  • Lorne L. Dawson, “The Demise of the Islamic State and the Fate of its Western Foreign Fighters: Six Things to Consider,” The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague, Policy Brief No. 9. 2018. DOI: 10.19165/2018.02.04. Available at: https://icct.nl/publication/the-demise-of-the-islamic-state-and-the-fate-of-its-western-foreign-fighters-six-things-to-consider/
  • James R. Lewis and Lorne L. Dawson, “Introduction: Religion and Terrorism,” Special Issue of Numen Vol. 65, No. 2-3, 2018: 117 - 124.
  • Lorne L. Dawson, “Challenging the Curious Erasure of Religion from the Study of Religious Terrorism,” Numen Vol. 65, No. 2-3, 2018:141-164.
  • Lorne L. Dawson “The Failure of Prophecy and the Future of IS.” The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague 8, no. 3 (2017). DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.19165/2017.2.03. Available at: https://icct.nl/publication/the-failure-of-prophecy-and-the-future-of-is/
  • Lorne L. Dawson, “Sketch of a Social Ecology Model for Explaining Homegrown Terrorist Radicalisation”, The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague 8, no.1 (2017). DOI: 10.19165/2017.1.01  Available at: https://icct.nl/publication/sketch-of-a-social-ecology-model-for-explaining-homegrown-terrorist-radicalisation/
  • Lorne L. Dawson and Amarnath Amarasingam, “Talking to Foreign Fighters: Insights into the Motivations for Hijrah to Syria and Iraq,” Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Vol. 40, No. 3, 2017. DOI 10.1080/1057610X.2016.1274216. Available at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1057610X.2016.1274216 
  • Lorne L. Dawson, “Discounting Religion in the Explanation of Homegrown Terrorism: A Critique,” in James R. Lewis, ed., Cambridge Companion to Religion and Terrorism, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 32-45, 2017.
  • David C. Hofmann and Lorne L. Dawson, “The Neglected Role of Charismatic Authority in the Study of Terrorist Groups and Radicalization.” Studies in Conflict and Terrorism Vol. 37, No. 4, 2014: 348-368.
  • Lorne L. Dawson, “Trying to Make Sense of Homegrown Terrorist Radicalization: The Case of the Toronto 18,” In Paul Bramadat and Lorne Dawson, eds., Religious Radicalization and Securitization in Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014: 64-91.
Recent invited presentations

“Taking Terrorist Accounts of their Motivations Seriously: An Exploration of the Hermeneutics of Suspicion,” Society for Terrorism Research, Oslo, Norway, June 21, 2019.

“Understanding Radicalization,” Countering Violent Extremism Conference, Toronto Police College, June 13, 2019.

Organized a two-day workshop on Radicalization and Countering Violent Extremism, with 6 speakers for the Bi-Annual Staff Conference of the John Howard Society, June 4-5, 2019.

“Radicalization: Insights from Talking with Foreign Fighters.” Security and Religion: Global and Local Perspectives, Centre for Defence and Security Studies, Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand, May 1, 2019.

Invited participant, closed workshop: “Preventing Violent Radicalization and Violent Extremism: Developing Evidence-Based Guidelines to Promote Effective Intervention,” Canadian Practitioners’ Network for the Prevention of Radicalization and Extremist Violence, Ottawa, Mar. 21 & 22, 2019.

“Modelling Radicalization: Returning to the Middle Ground.” ITERP (International Team for Evaluation of Radicalization to Violence Prevention) Workshop, London, UK, March 15, 2019.

“Religion and the Radicalization of Western Jihadists,” 90 mins presentation to classified meeting of “Like-Minded” Senior Counter-Terrorism Officials (9 countries), Ottawa, Global Affairs Canada, Dec. 13, 2018.

“Understanding Radicalization: Critical Reflection,” Partnering in Practice: Preventing Social Polarization, Organization for the Prevention of Violence/TSAS/Canadian Practitioners Network for Prevention of Radicalization and Extremist Violence, Edmonton, Nov. 30, 2018.

“Radicalization: Basic Elements, Processes, and Issues” and “Charismatic Authority and Violence,” Retreat on Frontline Humanitarian Negotiation with Radical Armed Groups (Oct. 14-19), Centre of Competence for Humanitarian Negotiation (Geneva), Caux, Switzerland, Oct 16, 2018.

Participant (two days), “Hackathon on Future Challenges and perspectives on Canadian Defence and Security,” Canadian Network for Defence and Security Analysis, Balsillie School of International Affairs. Sept. 28 & 29, 2018.

“Researching Western Foreign Terrorist Fighters in Syria and Iraq.” Balsillie School of International Affairs, Waterloo, Sept. 20, 2018.

“Modelling the Role of Ideology in Becoming a Jihadist Foreign Fighter,” Society for Terrorism Research, Liverpool, Sept. 5, 2018.

Key Note Lecturer, “Debating the Role of Religion in Religious Terrorism,” Nordic Society for the Sociology of Religion, University of Oslo, Norway, Aug. 3, 2018.

“Understanding Radicalization.” Ontario Crown Attorneys Summer School: Youth Criminal Justice Act.” University of Western Ontario, London, June 19, 2018.

“The Canadian Response to Foreign Fighter Returnees: Context and Options,” École D’été “Terrorismes”: Retour des combattants étrangers, Laval University, Quebec City, May 23, 2018.

“Negotiating the Talk to Action Linkage in Terrorist Radicalization,” Ontario Provincial Police Conference, “Collaborating to Counter Violent Extremism,” OPP General Headquarters,  March 29, 2018.

“Foreign Fighters and the Demise of the Islamic State,” CSIS Toronto Regional Office, (40 min talk, 20 Q & A, followed by two hour lunch meeting with analysts), Feb. 21, 2018.

G20 International Conference on Preventing Radicalization – Towards Resilient Societies, by invitation from German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, Nov. 13-15 (one of two Canadians invited to participate on panels), 2018.

Research Grants

Total Research Funding 2012 -2019: $4,892,560.00

2019-2012, The Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security, and Society, Major Research Grant, “Understanding Canadians Involved in Jihadist Terrorism: A Comparative Study with Australia” (co-PIs Lorne L. Dawson and Shandon Harris-Hogan), $39,976.00.

2017-2020, Community Resilience Fund, Public Safety Canada, “Testing the Reliability, Validity and Equity of Terrorism Risk Assessment Tools,”(Co-PIs: Paul Gill, University College London; Lorne L. Dawson, University of Waterloo; David Hofmann, University of New Brunswick) $563, 552.00.

2017-2019 Community Resilience Fund, Public Safety Canada, “Foreign Fighter Radicalization: Advanced Primary Data Acquisition and Analysis,” (PI; collaborators: Dr. Amarnath Amarasingam, George Washington University Program on Extremism and Dr. Derek Ruths, Computer Science McGill University) $256,950.46.

2016-2018, SSHRC, Subventions de développement de partenariat – Fonds d’innovation sociale destine aux communautés et aux collèges, “Les intégrismes religieux et la radicalisation au Canada: vulgarisation et education populaire,” (PI Martin Geoffroy; one of three Co-Researchers) $240,000

2015-2022, SSHRC, Partnership Grant, "Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society," (Co-PI with Dan Hiebert, University of British Columbia) $2.15 million.

2014, Public Safety Canada, Kanishka Contribution Agreement Competition, "Canadian Research Network on Terrorism, Security and Society" (with Dan Hiebert, University of British Columbia and Martin Bouchard, Simon Fraser University), $240,000.

2014, Canada Safety and Security Program, Defense Research and Development Canada (with Dan Hiebert, University of British Columbia, and Martin Bouchard, Simon Fraser University), $580,000.

Group(s): 
Faculty
Jim Diamond
519-888-4567 x33351
Location: 
PAS 1051

Areas of interest:

  • Jewish Thought
  • Jewish Biblical Interpretation
Group(s): 
Faculty
Mavis Fenn.

Areas of interest:

  • Teaches: Buddhism and Asian religions.

Research Areas:

  • Buddhist women
  • Buddhist women in Canada
  • Buddhism and multiculturalism
Group(s): 
Professors emeriti
Menachem (Matthew) Feuer
Location: 
PAS 1058
Contact for: 
Sessional Instructor

Courses taught:

  • RS 114 / JS 114 Jews and Jewishness
  • RS 210 / JS 217 Judaism
  • RS 211 / JS 203 Jewish Responses to the Holocaust
Group(s): 
Sessional instructors
Wendy Fletcher
519-884-4404 x28636
Location: 
REN 2601D
Group(s): 
Faculty
Peter Frick
519-885-1460 x25214
Location: 
STP 209

Areas of interest:

  • New Testament
  • Theology
Group(s): 
Staff; Faculty
James Gollnick

I studied philosophy and religion for my BA (cum laude) at Marquette University (1968) and at Die Freie Universitaet in Berlin, then part of the Federal Republic of Germany. During those years I became intrigued by the psychology of religion and have been studying in that general area ever since. After completing my MA (1970) and PhD (1974) in the psychology of religion at the University of Toronto, I began studying psychotherapy at the Gestalt Institute of Toronto, where I received certification from the International Gestalt Association after completing the three-year training program. I also spent some time in the training program for Jungian analysts in Zurich, Switzerland, and continued that process in the form of a three-year analysis with the late Fraser Boa, Canada’s first Jungian analyst. For over twenty years I taught in the Religious Studies Department at the University of Toronto, mostly at Victoria College and Trinity College. At Trinity College I became the first Director of the Humanities and Psychoanalytic Thought Program. In 1991 I took a position at St. Paul’s College in the University of Waterloo where I teach courses in the psychology of religion and am Director of the Spirituality and Personal Development Program. From 1995 to 2005 I served as Dean of St. Paul’s College.

My perspective on the psychology of religion is shaped largely by my interest in the historical development of the discipline and my training and research in the Gestalt, Freudian and Jungian approaches to the psyche. Dream analysis has been a major area of my research. Over the last thirty years I have catalogued some 5,000 of my own dreams and have studied and worked with thousands of dreams of others. My experience in, and practice of, psychotherapy have convinced me that no single approach is capable of adequately accounting for the mystery and complexity of the human being. I find that the many psychological approaches available complement one another and all shed some light on the various dynamics of religion, spirituality and the psyche. My writing has attempted to incorporate these diverse perspectives on the psychology of religion.

Teaching areas:

Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, Psychological Interpretation of Mythology, Dreams

Some recent publications:

Books:

A Time to Dream:  Dreams, Religion, and Spirituality.  Saarbrueken, Germany:  VDM Press, 2011.

Religion and Spirituality in the Life Cycle. New York, NY: Peter Lang Publishing, 2005

The Religious Dreamworld of Apuleius’ Metamorphoses. Waterloo, Ontario: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 1999.

Love and the Soul: Psychological Interpretations of the Eros and Psyche Myth. Waterloo, Ontario: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 1992.

Dreams in the Psychology of Religion. Lewiston, New York: Edwin Mellen Press, 1987.

Flesh as Transformation Symbol in the Theology of Anselm of Canterbury: Historical and Transpersonal Perspectives. Lewiston, New York: Edwin Mellen Press, 1985.

Articles:

“Dreams and Reflections on a Sad Chapter in Canadian Academic History” in Remedy and Prevention of Mobbing in Higher Education.  Lewiston, New York:  Edwin Mellen Press, 2006.  Pp. 223–227.

“Implicit Religion in Dreams,” Implicit Religion 8/3 (2005), 281–298.

"Religion, Spirituality, and Implicit Religion in Psychotherapy." Implicit Religion 7/2 (2004), 120-141.

"Is Implicit Religion Spirituality in Disguise?" Implicit Religion 6/3 (2003), 145-159.

"Implicit Religion Highlights Religion in Childhood," Implicit Religion 6/2 (2003), 69-84.

"Bin Laden's Hopes and Fears: Dreams of the Future," Clio's Psyche 9/2 (2002), 97-98.

"Implicit Religion in the Psychology of Religion," Implicit Religion 5/2 (2002), 81-92.

"Development of the God-image in Carl Jung's psychology and spirituality," Studies inReligion/Sciences Religieuses 30/2 (2001), 179-192.

“Dream Interpretation in the Psychology of Religion: a Topic Review,” Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses 28/3 (1999), 293-305.

“Jung, Carl Gustav,” in Encyclopedia of Folklore and Literature. Santa Barbara, California: ABC-CLIO Press, 1998. Pp. 341-344.

“Apuleius,” in Encyclopedia of Folklore and Literature. Santa Barbara, California: ABC-CLIO Press, 1998. Pp. 17-19.

“A Jungian Perspective on Religion and the Ideal Individual,” Dialogue and Alliance 10/2 (Winter 1996), 71-82.

“Carl Jung’s Theory of Mandala Symbolism,” in Art and Interreligious Dialogue. New York: University Press of America, 1995. Pp. 101-122.

"Merlin as Psychological Symbol," in Comparative Studies in Merlin From the Vedas to C.G. Jung. Lewiston, New York: Edwin Mellen Press, 1991. Pp. 111-31.

"The Merlin Archetype and the Transformation of the Self," Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses 19/3 (1990), 319-329.

"The Dream as Medium of the Divine," Dialogue and Alliance I/4 (Winter, 1988), 65-73.

"Jungian Reflections on Transformation in St. Anselm's Theology," The American Benedictine Review 36/4 (Dec., 1985), 353-371.

Courses regularly taught at the University of Waterloo:

RS = Religious Studies

SPD = Spiritual and Personal Development


• RS 270/SPD 270 Psychology of Religion and Spirituality

• RS 271/SPD 271 Personality and Religion

• RS 370 Dreams in the Religious Experience of Humankind

• RS/SPD 380 Carl Jung’s Theory of Religion

Group(s): 
Professors emeriti
Doris Jakobsh
519-888-4567 x33565
Location: 
PAS 1054A

Areas of interest:

  • Sikhism
  • Gender and Sikhism
  • Eastern Religions
  • Women and Religion
  • Religion in Canada

Watch a video of Dr. Jakobsh talking about the relevance of Religious Studies

Group(s): 
Faculty
Scott Kline.
519-884-8110 x28289
Location: 
SH 1201

Areas of Interest:

  • Religious ethics and politics
  • Christian ethics
  • Religion and armed conflict
  • Catholic social teaching
  • Religion and popular culture in approaches to homelessness
Group(s): 
Faculty
Jane Kuepfer
519-885-0220 x 24232
Location: 
CGUC 2124

Areas of interest:

  • Spirituality & aging
  • Spiritual care in residential care
  • Spiritual resources
  • Baby boomers
Group(s): 
Faculty
Location: 
PAS 1058
Contact for: 
Sessional Instructor

Courses taught:

  • RS 230 / JS 215 Visions of Israel in Judaism: From Biblical to Modern Times
Group(s): 
Sessional instructors
519-888-4567 x33497
Location: 
PAS 1055
Group(s): 
Staff
Group(s): 
Professors emeriti
Group(s): 
Professors emeriti
David Perrin.
519.884.8111 Ext. 28307
Location: 
SH 2026

Teaching/Research Areas:

  • Religious Ethics
  • Christian Spirituality
  • Catholic Studies
Group(s): 
Faculty
David Seljak.
519-888-4567 x 28232
Location: 
SH 2028 / PAS 1054

Areas of interest:

  • Religion, Multiculturalism, and Identity
  • Sociology of Religion
Group(s): 
Staff; Faculty
Derek Suderman
519-885-0220 x 24212
Location: 
CGR 2111

Areas of interest:

  • Biblical Studies (Old Testament)
  • Biblical Methodology
  • Christian Biblical Interpretation
Group(s): 
Faculty
Myroslaw Tataryn.

Areas of interest:

  • Eastern Christians in Canada
  • Eastern Christian Theology
  • Religion and Disability
Group(s): 
Professors emeriti
Cristina Vanin.
519.884.8111 Ext. 28266
Location: 
SH 2030

Areas of interest:

  • Theology
  • Ethics
  • Ecology
  • Women and Christianity
Group(s): 
Faculty
Jeff Wilson.
519-884-4404 x28625
Location: 
REN 1113

Areas of interest:

  • Japanese Religions
  • Buddhism
  • Religion in North America

Watch a video of Dr. Wilson on the relevance of Religious Studies

Group(s): 
Faculty