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Greetings from the Interim Academic Dean


David GraftonThank you for your interest in Hartford Seminary. On this page you will be introduced to my incredible colleagues. Each of the teaching faculty below has a specific area of expertise or interest for which they are known by other colleagues, guilds, associations or readers. Some are internationally known for their research and publications. But these qualifications are truly only one part of a larger picture about the roles they play at Hartford Seminary. For each of my colleagues below is a committed teacher, mentor and advisor.

Hartford Seminary is rich with a diversity of teaching faculty who bring with them a variety of skill sets, experiences, and who come from diverse settings. We value that. We find that this diversity – not only of academic preparation and scholarship, but in religious persuasions, ethnicity, age, gender, and professional experiences – makes for an incredible laboratory of teaching and learning for students and faculty!

I hope you will be intrigued by the individual faculty members listed here and interested in finding out more about them and the courses they teach at Hartford Seminary. If you are interested in one of our degree programs, taking courses online, or just want to audit a course that is of interest to you, I think you will be pleased with what this faculty has to offer in your own educational pursuits and religious journey.


The Rev. Dr. David D. Grafton, Ph.D.
Interim Academic Dean


Core Faculty

Najib George Awad

Professor of Christian Theology & Eastern Christian Thought

David D. Grafton

Interim Academic Dean

Deena Grant

Associate Professor of Jewish Studies

Hossein Kamaly

Associate Professor of Islamic Studies

Joel N. Lohr

Professor of Bible and Interreligious Dialogue

Shanell T. Smith

Associate Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins

Scott Thumma

Professor of Sociology of Religion

Timur Yuskaev

Associate Professor of Contemporary Islam

Faculty Associates

Bilal W. Ansari

Faculty Associate in Muslim Pastoral Theology

Brian Clark

Faculty Associate in World Christianity

Suheil Laher

Faculty Associate in Qur'anic Studies

Lucinda Mosher

Faculty Associate in Interfaith Studies

Allison Norton

Faculty Associate in Migration Studies and Congregational Life

Michael Piazza

Faculty Associate in Congregational Renewal

Donna Schaper

Faculty Associate in Religious Leadership

Benjamin Watts

Faculty Associate in Religion and Community Life

Miriam Therese Winter

Faculty Associate in Transformative Leadership and Spirituality

Mahmoud Ayoub

Honorary Faculty Associate in Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations

Adair Lummis

Honorary Faculty Associate in Research

Visiting Professors

Adjunct Faculty

Faculty Emeriti

President Emeritus

Anthony Bennett
M.Div. (Union Theological Seminary); D.Min. (United Theological Seminary); Urban Ministry, Black Ministries Program

Shelley D. Best
M.A. (Hartford Seminary); M.Div. (Yale Divinity School); D.Min. (Hartford Seminary); Ethics, Black Ministries Program

Lisa Clayton
M.A. (University of Connecticut); Worship, Black Ministries Program

Vada Crosby
M.A. (Hartford Seminary); Communication, Black Ministries Program

Erica Dollhopf
M.A. (Lehigh University); M.A. (Pennsylvania State University); Ph.D. (Pennsylvania State University); Religion and Society, Graduate Programs

Elizabeth Dreyer
M.A. (Xavier University); Ph.D. (Marquette University); Theology, Graduate Programs

Edward Duffy
M.A. (Columbia University); M.Div. (Princeton Theological Seminary); Ph.D. (Graduate Theological Foundation); New Testament Greek, Graduate Programs

Talal Eid
M.A. (Harvard University); Th.D. (Harvard University); Arts of Ministry, Graduate Programs

Susan Fowler
M.Div. (Yale Divinity School); S.T.M. (Yale Divinity School); Ph.D. (Graduate Theological Foundation); Worship and Spirituality, Graduate Programs

Celene Ibrahim
M.A. (Brandeis University); M.Div. (Harvard Divinity School); Ph.D. (Brandeis University); Worship and Spirituality, Graduate Programs

Molly James
M.Div. (Yale Divinity School); Ph.D. (University of Exeter); Theology and Ethics, Graduate Programs

Alvan Johnson
M.Div. and D.Min. (Boston University School of Theology); Theology, Black Ministries Program

Colleen Keyes
M.A. (Fairfield University); MA (Hartford Seminary); PhD (University of Exeter); Religion and Society, Graduate Programs

Hooman Keshavarzi
M.S. (Argosy University); Arts of Ministry, Graduate Programs

William McKinney
M.A. and M.Div. (Hartford Seminary); Ph.D. (The Pennsylvania State University); Religion and Society, Graduate Programs

Yahya Michot
Ph.D. (Catholic University of Louvain); Theology, Graduate Programs

Umar Moghul
M.A. (University of Pennsylvania); J.D. (Temple University); Theology and Ethics, Graduate Programs

Byron Peart
M.A. (Hartford Seminary); MSOB (University of Hartford); D.Min (Hartford Seminary); Scripture, Black Ministries Program

Lawrence Peers
M.A. (Antioch University); M.T.S. (Boston University); D.Min. (Hartford Seminary); Ed.D. (Pepperdine University); Arts of Ministry, Graduate Programs

Wayne G. Rollins
B.D. (Yale Divinity School), M.A., Ph.D. (Yale University); Scripture, Graduate Programs

Ermin Sinanovic
M.A. (Syracuse University), Ph.D. (Syracuse University); Religion and Society, Graduate Programs

C. L. Stallworth
M.Div. (Vanderbilt University Divinity School); D.Min. (United Theological Seminary); Theological Ethics, Black Ministries Program

Cheryl Thomas
M.S. (Polytechnic University); M.Div. (Union Theological Seminary); Christian Education, Black Ministries Program


  • Clifford J. Green
  • Wadi’ Z. Haddad
  • Jane I. Smith
  • Yahya Michot
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