Peter Foley
Founding Director

Peter Foley (1961-2016) grew up in Germany and England, and published both in English and German. He held a B. A. Honours degree from the University of Keele (1985), an M. A. from Northwestern (1986) and a Dr. phil. magna cum laude from the University of Vienna (1990). He taught at the University of Economics in Vienna, and came to the University of Arizona in 1992 where he taught in the German Department (now German studies) and interdisciplinary studies in the Humanities Program. In 2005 he joined the Religious Studies Program, and in Spring 2008 he was Acting Director of Religious Studies; in Fall 2008 he was Canon Symmonds Memorial Scholar at St. Deiniol’s Library in Wales.

The focus of Prof. Foley’s work was on the history of ideas in philosophy and theological thought. He published books on the Austro-German Catholic theologian and economist Adam Müller (1990) and on the German Reformed and Lutheran theologian Friedrich Schleiermacher (2006). For the latter book he was awarded the Adele Mellen Prize for a Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship at the 2006 American Academy of Religion Conference. He also published on Civil Rights for Jews in Germany in 1799 (Theologische Literaturzeitung, 2001), Schleiermacher’s Romantic Philosophy (Das neue Licht der Frühromantik, 2009). He had an accepted article on Jeremy Collier’s Desertion Discuss’d of 1688 (Festschrift for Susan Karant-Nunn, 2014). He passed away in December of 2016.

Alison Jameson
Current Director

Alison Jameson is an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and East Asian Studies. Her areas of specialization include Song dynasty Neo-Confucianism and contemplative pedagogy. She received her M.A. in Philosophy from Ohio University and her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona.  

Dr. Jameson teaches a wide range of courses including History of East Asian Buddhism I and II, Zen Buddhism, Special Topics in East Asian Studies, Love in World Religions, and Life after Death in World Religions and Philosophies.

Dr. Jameson serves as the faculty undergraduate advisor for Religious Studies. She is the Director of the Institute for the Study of Religion and Culture.