Faculty Associates

Faculty Associates are faculty of Creighton University who work in the areas of religion and society. Their primary appointments are in academic departments of the university, but they have committed their expertise, interests, and skills to the collaborative work of the Center.

The Kripke Center accepts applications for new Faculty Associates. For further information on the responsibilities and privileges of Faculty Associates, see the Faculty Associate Profile.

Current Associates

Naser Z. Alsharif
Associate Professor of Pharamacy

Islam; Islam and the west; Arab and Muslim-Americans; Muslim-Christian/Muslim-Jewish Relations; Religion and Politics.

Erin Averett
Assistant Professor of Art History and Classical & Near Eastern Studies

Classical Archaeology

Matthew Averett
Associate Professor of Art History

Renaissance and Baroque Art and Architecture; Urban Development

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Gregory S. Bucher
Associate Professor Classical & Near Eastern Studies

Roman History; Greek and Latin Historiography; Roman Topography; Early Christian Art and Architecture

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Eileen Burke-Sullivan
Vice President of University Ministry

Liturgy; Systematic Theology; Jewish-Christian Relations

Susan A. Calef
Assistant Professor of Theology

New Testament and Christian Origins; Feminist Biblical Interpretation; Women in Early Christianity; Body Issues in Early Christianity; Apocryphal Acts; Biblical Spirituality

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John C. M. Calvert, Casper Professorship
Professor of History

Middle Eastern History; Islamism; Jihadism

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J. Jay Carney
Assistant Professor of Theology

African Christianity, Church History

Christina Clark
Associate Professor Classical & Near Eastern Studies

Greek and Latin Poetry; Nonverbal Behavior in Ancient Literature and Art; Classical and Near Eastern Mythology, Religion, and Magic


Lydia Cooper
Assistant Professor of English

American Literature, Native American Literature

Sue E. S. Crawford
Professor of Political Science

Religion and American Politics; Political Activities and Attitudes of Clergy; Protestant Women Clergy; Faith-Based Initiatives and Charitiable Choice; Religion, Voting, and Public Opinion; Religion and Public Health

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Barbara J. Dilly
Associate Professor of Anthropology

Ana-baptist History and Sects in America; Amish Farming Communities; The Rural Church and American Agriculture; German-American Religious Sects in Iowa

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Leonard Greenspoon, Klutznick Chair in Jewish Civilization
Professor of Classical and Near Eastern Studies

Hebrew Bible; Dead Sea Scrolls; Bible Translations; Bible in Popular Culture; Judaism; Jewish-Christian Relations

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Andrew Gustafson
Associate Professor of Business Ethics and Society

Ethics and Society

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Fr. Dennis Hamm, S.J.,Emeritus Professor of Theology

New Testament; Theology and the Environment; Jewish-Christian Relations

Jeffrey P. Hause
Associate Professor of Philosophy

Medieval Philosophy; Ethics; Ancient Philosophy

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Baba Jallow
Assistant Professor of History

Islam; Religion in Africa; African History.

Bridget Keegan
Professor of English; Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

British Literature; Religion and the Environment


Thomas M. Kelly
Professor of Theology

Liberation Theology; Enculturation; Christianity in Cultural Context


Gary Leak
Professor of Psychology

Psychology of Religion; Link between Religion and Prejudice; Faith Development; Religious (Spiritual) Maturity

Tracy Neal Leavelle
Associate Professor of History; Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

American Religions; American Indian History and Culture; Sacred Space; Religious Tolerance and Intolerance; Early American Social and Cultural; History of the American West; Borders and Borderlands

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Richard Collin Mangrum, Yossem Chair in Legal Ethics
Professor of Law

Constitutional Law; Free Exercise and Establishment Issues; Morman History and Theology

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John J. O'Keefe, Jacobsen Chair in Communications
Professor of Theology

Early Christian History; Doctrinal Development; Biblical Interpretation; Theology and the Environment


Nicolae Roddy
Associate Professor of Theology

Hebrew Bible; Society and Literature of the Second Temple Period; Syro-Palestinian Archaeology; Romanian Apocryphal Literature; Eastern Orthodox Christian Theology and Culture


Alexander Rödlach, SVD
Associate Professor of Anthropology and Psychiatry

Medical Anthopology; religion and health; faith community nursing; religious explanations of health and epidemics

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Gene Selk
Associate Professor of Philosophy

Philosophy of Science; Science and Religion

Ronald A. Simkins, Director of the Kripke Center
Professor of Theology and Classical & Near Eastern Studies

Hebrew Bible; Near Eastern Studies; Archaeology of Israel; Creation Myths; Family in the Bible; Political Economy of Israel; Bible and the Environment

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William O. Stephens
Professor of Philosophy

Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy; Ethics; Environmental Philosophy

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Wendy Wright, Kenefick Chair in the Humanities
Professor of Theology

History of Christian Spirituality; Salesian Spirituality; Spiritual Guidance; Women and Spirituality; Family Spirituality

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