Former Faculty Members and Emeriti

Lee Siegel

Professor (2016)

Ph.D., Oxford University, 1975

Curriculum vitae

Lee SiegelLee Siegel’s publications, dealing particularly with the aesthetic, erotic, and comedic dimensions of religious experience, are experimental narrative explorations of the possible relationships between scholarship and fiction. He teaches an undergraduate introduction to religion, a graduate seminar on Indian religious literature, and he directs graduate workshops devoted to both rhetorical and pedagogical methodologies in religious studies. In both his research and teaching endeavors at the graduate level, he is also concerned with the development of a poetics for the translation of Sanskrit literary and religious texts.



Poul Andersen

Associate Professor (2013)

Ph.D., University of Copenhagen, 1991

Curriculum vitae

Poul Andersen was a specialist in Chinese religions, with a focus on Daoist ritual and the theory of ritual. He has explored these topics, both based on fieldwork among Daoist priests in southern Taiwan and through research into historical texts from all periods. As a participant in the European Daozang Project (1979–84), he worked extensively on the Daoist ritual traditions of the Song dynasty (960–1278). A more recent focus has been Daoist iconography, especially from the Ming dynasty (1368–1644) to the present day. Professor Andersen is the Director of the Daoist Iconography Project (DIP), an international collaborative research project which he has initiated at the Department of Religion in partnership with the Honolulu Academy of Arts. The purpose of this project is to create a web-based electronic resource for research into Daoist images, and it has involved the participation of several graduate students at the Department. Professor Andersen is currently working on a book with the preliminary title Icon and Deity: The Status and Function of Images in Daoism.

John Charlot

Emeritus Professor (2013)

Dr.Theol., University of Munich, 1968

Curriculum vitae


Personal website
Jean Charlot Foundation

John Charlot taught Hawaiian and Polynesian religions as well as New Testament and Religion and Art.





Mitsuo Aoki (1914–2010)

DD, Pacific School of Religion (1968)

Dr. Aoki founded the Department of Religion in 1956. He earned a B.A. degree from Drury University in Springfield, MO, and a B.D. from Chicago Theological Seminary, before receiving his Doctor of Divinity degree from the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA. Some of his numerous contributions to the field of death and dying, and to hospice care, are described on the living your dying DVD.

Alfred Bloom

Ph.D., Harvard University (1963)

David W. Chappell (1940–2004)

Ph.D., Yale University

S. Cromwell Crawford

Th.D., Pacific School of Religion (1965)

Michael R. Saso

Ph.D., London University (1971)

Friedrich Seifert

Th.D., Pacific School of Religion (1967)

George J. Tanabe, Jr.

Ph.D., Columbia University (1983)

On January 24, 2014, George J. Tanabe, Jr. was awarded Japan’s Imperial Order of the Rising Sun. This honor comes in recognition of his contributions to the strengthening of academic and cultural exchanges between the United States and Japan, and also recognizes his outstanding research in the field of Japanese religions.