Faculty and Staff


Valerie Stein, Department Chair of Philosophy and Religion

Dr. Valerie Stein

Department Chair of Philosophy and Religion

Olmsted Hall, Room 341

Gender and Religion, Social Justice, Hebrew Bible, Religion and Culture

Valerie A. Stein has been at the University of Evansville since 2002. Dr. Stein earned her ThD in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament from Harvard University. In her teaching, Dr. Stein explores the intersection of religion, culture, and the Bible in the context of social diversity. She seeks to help her students develop intellectual empathy as a tool for critically engaging religion as a structural force that produces inequality. Her courses include Religion in America; Bible & Justice; Religion, Gender & Culture; Religious Ethics; Social Justice Movements; and Race & Religion. Dr. Stein’s primary research interest has centered around the history of biblical interpretation, particularly examining the ways in which the biblical text has functioned to marginalize or oppress certain groups. She has presented and published about the Bible’s use, its influence, and its impact around the issues of gender, Jewish-Christian relations, colonialism, and race. Stein’s book, Anti-cultic Theology in Christian Biblical Interpretation: A Study of Isaiah 66:1-4 and Its Reception grounded the discussion of Christian anti-Jewish interpretation of the Hebrew Bible in the analysis of a particular passage. She shows that the widely held Christian interpretation of Isaiah 66:1-4 as an indictment against the Jerusalem temple and cult - and thereby God’s rejection of Judaism - is motivated by a theology of substitution that sees the Church as the new Israel. Stein has also presented and published on how interpretations of biblical women reflect social attitudes and beliefs with respect to gender (see, for example, her articles “Know*Be*Do: Using the Bible to Teach Ethics to Children” and “Gender Components in Dramatic Retellings of Judith”). Her current research (see “Privileging God the Father: The Neoliberal Theology of the Evangelical Orphan Care Movement” in The Politics of Reproduction: Adoption, Abortion, and surrogacy in the Age of Neoliberalism) uses postcolonial and feminist methods of biblical criticism to show how evangelical Christian theology interprets the Bible to align the adoptive parents with God and thus effectively to allow for the dismissal of ethical concerns associated with adoption and foster care. In the case of international adoption, this “Gospel-centered” adoption takes advantage of Western privilege to victimize women in developing nations as a form of Christian neocolonialism. She problematizes the role of transracial adoption in the Evangelical orphan care movement as a visual evangelism.
Jim Ware, Professor/Philosophy & Religion

Dr. Jim Ware

Professor/Philosophy & Religion

Olmsted Hall, Room 340

New Testament, Ancient Christianity, Ancient Greek

James Ware earned a BA in Ancient Studies from Missouri State University, an MA in Greek and Latin Classical Literature from Washington University in St. Louis, and an MA and PhD in New Testament and Ancient Christianity from Yale University. His scholarly work focuses on illumining the Bible by studying it in its ancient context. He is the author of a number of books, including Paul’s Theology in Context: Creation, Incarnation, Covenant, and Kingdom (Eerdmans 2019), Paul and the Mission of the Church (Baker Academic 2011), and Synopsis of the Pauline Letters in Greek and English (Baker Academic 2010). He has published articles in periodicals such as the Journal of Biblical Literature, New Testament Studies, and the Journal of Theological Studies. He teaches courses in the Bible, the Gospels, Paul’s letters, and ancient Christianity, as well as courses in ancient Greek language and literature.
Gopal Gupta, Associate Professor/Philosophy & Religion

Dr. Gopal Gupta

Associate Professor/Philosophy & Religion


South Asian Religions, Science and Religion, and Comparative Religion

At the University of Evansville, Dr. Gupta teaches courses that explore the World’s Living Religions, Eastern Religious Philosophies and the intersection between Religion and Science. His book, Maya in the Bhagavata Purana: Human Suffering and Divine Play, is forthcoming from Oxford University Press. Dr. Gupta serves as the editor for the Journal of Hindu-Christian Studies (JHCS). JHCS is a widely read, peer-reviewed, journal in the field of comparative religion. He has authored various articles in academic books and journals and has presented at numerous conferences. Some of his published works include: “Hindu Perspectives on Artificial Life and the Self,” “The World as Illusion: Environmental Implications of the Doctrine of Maya,” “Woman as Maya: Gendered Narrative in the Bhagavata Purana,” and “‘May Calamities Befall Us at Every Step:’ The Bhagavata’s Response to the Problem of Evil.” Dr. Gupta completed his D.Phil. in Religious Studies and MST in Science and Religion from the University of Oxford, UK. Before studying at Oxford, he earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at Boise State University.

Affiliated Faculty

Tony Beavers, Professor of Philosophy

Dr. Tony Beavers

Professor of Philosophy

Olmsted Hall, Room 301
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Philosophy of Religion


Marisa Knox, Administrative Assistant for Foreign Languages, Philosophy and Religion, and Archaeology and Art History

Mrs. Marisa Knox

Administrative Assistant for Foreign Languages, Philosophy and Religion, and Archaeology and Art History

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