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Volney P. Gay, Director
Professor & Chair of Religious Studies, Professor of Psychiatry, and Professor of Anthropology at Vanderbilt University and Director, Center for the Study of Religion and Culture. He is also on the Editorial Board of The Journal of Ritual Studies, Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies, and Journal of the American Academy of Religion. He is a faculty member of the St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute, from which he graduated in 1990. He was certified in Adult Psychoanalysis in 1990 by the American Psychoanalytic Association and was made a Training and Supervising Analyst in December, 1994. His book, Freud on Sublimation: Reconsiderations, published in 1992, won the Heinz Hartmann Award from the New York Psychoanalytic Institute. His most recent book, Joy and the Objects of Psychoanalysis, was published in 2001. Professor Gay's research interests include psychoanalysis and psychotherapy, the psychodynamic study of culture, the comparative history of religions, and the psychology of religion.
Volney P. Gay's C.V. (pdf)

Douglas A. Knight, Director
Douglas A. Knight, Drucilla Moore Buffington Professor of Hebrew Bible and Director of the Center for the Study of Religion and Culture, earned the Dr.theol. at Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen, Germany. Drawing especially on sociohistorical approaches and ideological criticism, he focuses his interests within Hebrew Bible studies on the social and political world of the first millennium BCE, the legal traditions, the historical and prophetic literature, ethics, and the history of biblical interpretation. He has been active in the Society of Biblical Literature and is co-founder and steering committee member of the Electronic Tools and Ancient Near Eastern Archives (ETANA). Major awards have come from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright Program, the National Science Foundation, and the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. His lecturing has taken him across the United States and to Germany, Norway, Denmark, Hungary, Israel, Japan, and China. The author and editor of numerous books and articles, he currently serves as general editor of the series “Library of Ancient Israel.” At present he is completing a book entitled Law, Power, and Justice in Ancient Israel (Westminster John Knox Press) and is working on a commentary on the book of Joshua for the New Cambridge Bible Commentary series (Cambridge University Press).
Douglas A. Knight's C.V. (pdf)

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