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Kin Cheung 張健 | Associate Professor of East and South Asian Religions; Chair, Departments of Global Religions and Philosophy

Office location: Comenius Hall 110
Office phone: 610-625-7844

Ph.D., Religion, Temple University 
M.A., Religion, Temple University
B.A., Philosophy, New York University

Research interests and expertise
Contemporary Buddhism (Buddhism and health, Buddhist involvement in economics and capitalism), 
Chinese Buddhism (Chan and Huayan), Chinese Philosophical-Religious Traditions (Confucianism, Daoism), Japanese Buddhism (Zen), Buddhist Ethics, Buddhism and Science

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Dr. Cheung researches how contemporary agents use Buddhist doctrine and ritual practices in Chinese and American contexts as well as transnational networks. He has published on Buddhists engaging with healing, meditation, ethical dilemmas, economics, capitalism, secularism, science, and technology. His work appears in The Journal of the American Academy of Religion; Religion, State and Society; The Journal of Buddhist Ethics; Miracles: An Exercise in Comparative Philosophy of Religion; Teaching About Asia in a Time of Pandemic; Buddhism and Medicine: An Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Sources; Studies in Chinese Religions; and Handbook of Ethical Foundations of Mindfulness. 

Dr. Cheung is co-editor of Buddhism and Healing in the Modern Worldforthcoming by the University of Hawai'i Press scheduled for 2024. In that volume, he contributes a chapter on a contemporary Chinese American religious healer and his healing community in the New York City area. The chapter argues that the research subject's healing of vastly disparate ailments-including a cancerous tumor, dislocated jaw, balance disorder, and amnesia-lends him legitimacy when he teaches Buddhism. The healer spreads religion to his community by explaining karmic causes of disease and prescribing Buddhist healing rituals. Dr. Cheung's next major research project is a monograph that examines this healer and community in detail. 

In addition to his scholarly work, he has written public-facing essays on religious studies, international students, and mindfulness in classrooms and art spaces. Dr. Cheung received a BA in Philosophy from New York University and a MA and Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Temple University. He has studied or worked abroad in Nanjing, Seoul, Beijing, Kyoto, and Jinshan (New Taipei).  He is a strong proponent of religious literacy. Regardless of personal identification with a religious group, the study of religion promotes understanding of human experience. 




Carol J. Moeller | Associate Professor of Philosophy; Program Director for Philosophy

Office location: Comenius 107
Office phone: 610-625-7881


B.A., Oberlin College
M.A. & Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

Research interests and expertise
Ethics, Philosophy of Gender, Race, and Disabilities, and Cultural Studies

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Arash Naraghi | Professor of Philosophy and Religion; Program Director for Ethics

Office location: Comenius Hall 106
Office phone: 610-625-7835


M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy: Philosophy of Religion and Ethics, University of California, Santa Barbara

Research interests and expertise
Epistemology of religious experience, The problem of evil, Islamic theology (ethical theories in Islam), Islamic mysticism (The school of Kowrassan), Contemporary Shi'ism, and modernism in Islam (The challenges of human rights, and feminism).

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Bernie Canteñs 

Dr. Cantens taught at Moravian University from 2008 - 2021.
As of January 10, 2022, he will be starting his new role as Provost at Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas.



  • Dr. William S. Falla, Emeritus Adjunct Professor