Michael Stoltzfus

Dr. Michael Stoltzfus

Professor of Religion

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Discipline: World Religions

Biography

Mike Stoltzfus joined the faculty of Georgia Gwinnett College as a professor of religion in 2015. Prior to this appointment, he taught religious studies and philosophy at Valdosta State University for 16 years. He is interested in how divergent religious and spiritual practices affect everyday life and has taught many courses including world religions, religion and culture, Buddhism, interreligious dialogue, comparative religious ethics, human sexuality, and spirituality, health and wellbeing. Most recently, Stoltzfus' research has investigated how distinctive religions of the world represent and respond to people living with disabilities and/or chronic illnesses. His publications include numerous articles and four books, Disability and Religious Diversity: Cross-Cultural and Interreligious Perspectives, Disability in Judaism, Christianity and Islam: Sacred Texts, Historical Traditions, and Social Analysis (co-edited with Darla Schumm, 2011), Chronic Illness, Spirituality, and Healing: Diverse Disciplinary, Religious, and Cultural Perspectives (co-edited with Rebecca Green, 2013), and World Religions and Disability Studies (forthcoming 2016).

Stoltzfus is an affiliate of the Pluralism Project at Harvard University and together with student researchers helped to document the religious diversity present in South Georgia. He hopes to begin a similar student research project documenting the immense religious pluralism present in Gwinnett County in the next few years.

Education

  • Doctorate – religion, ethics and society – Vanderbilt University
  • Master's – religious studies – Pacific School of Religion
  • Bachelor's – interdisciplinary studies – Goshen College

Academic Interests

  • Religious pluralism and dialogue
  • Religion and culture
  • Buddhism and Asian religions
  • Spirituality, health and well-being
  • Religion and sexuality

Professional Affiliations