affiliated faculty

Please note that this list is updated as new faculty are affiliated and is more current than the General Catalog listing.

Religious Studies

David Gordon White is the J. F. Rowny Professor of Comparative  Religion in the Department of Religious Studies. A specialist of the  medieval religions of South Asia, he has combined literary (Sanskrit,  Hindi, medieval north Indian vernaculars), art historical, and ethnographic research to generate histories of Indian alchemy, yoga, and Tantra. He has also written and taught extensively on comparative themes, including religious approaches to death, creation myths, and  mythologies of monstrous races. Recent books include: Sinister Yogis (2009); and Kiss of the Yogini: “Tantric Sex” in its South Asian Contexts ( 2003).

Theater and Dance

Prof. Williams works and teaches on European theater history, dramatic literature, and operatic history. His major publications include German Actors of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries (1985), Shakespeare on the German Stage, 1586-1914 (1990), Richard Wagner and Festival Theatre (1994), and Richard Wagner and the Romantic Hero (2004).


Research interests include: narrative, mind-brain theories, psychoanalysis, cognitive science, neuroaesthetics, comedy, 19th-century English novel, Hollywood film of the 1930s and '40s, & philosophical criticism. Kay Young's books include: Ordinary Pleasures: Couples, Conversation, and Comedy (2002), on Intimacy and happiness in narrative, and Imagining Minds. The Neuro-Aesthetics of Austen, Eliot, and Hardy (2010), on the 19th-century English novel and theories of mind-brain.