Greetings from the Academic Dean


Dear Friends,

We are in unprecedented times. We have heard this over and over again. Yes. And it is also a time like this to step forward and make a difference. It is a time like this when amazing people arise to make a change, first in their own lives, then for their communities, their nation, and in the world. I know that Hartford Seminary is a place that can help make that happen.

Hartford Seminary is a unique place. It is a place that is committed to expanding the horizons of personal spirituality and deepening the commitment to one’s own religious tradition while learning from other religious traditions. I am proud to serve in such an institution with my incredible colleagues who bring expertise and experience to their vocations as teachers, religious leaders and scholars.

Hartford Seminary is rich with a diverse teaching faculty who bring with them a variety of skill sets, experiences, and who come from diverse settings. We find this diversity provides students with the best laboratory for learning. We are diverse in our academic preparation and scholarship, as well as in our religious persuasions (Jewish, Protestant, Catholic, Sunni and Shi’i Muslims), ethnicity, age, gender, and professional experiences.

Not only is our faculty diverse, but so is our student body. If you want to know what it is like to study the New Testament in a class with Jews and Muslims, if you want to explore Hadith in a class with Christians, or if you want to be exposed to the prayer practices of your classmates from different religious traditions… this is the place for you. Not only will you learn more about other traditions, you will come to deepen your commitment and understanding of your own tradition, practices, and beliefs that provide guidance to your life. This is what we do.

Whether you wish to come and take on a graduate degree, audit courses, enroll in our non-credit Black Ministries Program or Women’s Leadership Institute, or attend a lecture or workshop by our faculty, we invite you and welcome you! Regardless of what you are interested in exploring, studying or experiencing, I guarantee you that you will not leave this place the same. We are in the business of training, educating, and learning from religious leaders and scholars for the realities of a nation and world that is multi-faith, where religious leaders have skills, knowledge and sensitivities to navigate such diversity. I invite you to explore the pages of our incredible faculty, and get excited about the possibilities that lie ahead.


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


Core Faculty

Najib George Awad

Professor of Christian Theology & Eastern Christian Thought

David D. Grafton

Academic Dean & Professor of Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations

Deena Grant

Associate Professor of Jewish Studies

Hossein Kamaly

Associate Professor of Islamic Studies

Joel N. Lohr

Professor of Bible and Interreligious Dialogue

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

Phoebe Milliken

Faculty Associate in International Peacebuilding

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

Andrew Gardner

Visiting Faculty Associate of American Religious History

Hans A. Harmakaputra

Visiting Assistant Professor in Comparative Theology and Muslim-Christian Relations

Patricia Tevington

HIRR Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Adjunct Faculty

Faculty Emeriti

President Emerita

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
  • Miriam Therese Winter
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