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Public Relations:Lee Ann Cox (802)656-1107
Specialty:Hellenistic religions, incl. early Christianity, theory and method in the study of religion, incl. cognitive science of religion
Biography:Martin, professor and former chair of the Department of Religion, specializes in the study of Hellenistic (Graeco-Roman) religions as well as in theoretical and methodological issues in the study of religion, including the cognitive science of religion. He is a member and active participant in the American Academy of Religion, the Society for Biblical Literature, the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, the International Association for the History of Religions, and the North American Association for the Study of Religion of which he is a founding member. During his 35-year career at UVM, he has served as Chair of the department, was named a University Scholar in 1993-1994, and was the founder and first director of the John Dewey Honors Program of the College of Arts and Sciences from 1994-1996. His publications include: HELLENISTIC RELIGIONS: AN INTRODUCTION; six edited volumes of essays on aspects of theory and method in the study of religion including, most recently, THE ACADEMIC STUDY OF RELIGION DURING THE COLD WAR: EAST AND WEST; and over 50 scholarly articles and 35 reviews in his field as well as contributions to various dictionaries and encyclopedias. He currently serves on the editorial boards of HISTORICAL REFLECTIONS/REFLEXIONS HISTORIQUES, METHOD & THEORY IN THE STUDY OF RELIGION, and STUDIES IN RELIGION/SCIENCES RELIGIEUSES. In addition to graduate study at Universitäts Göttingen and post-graduate study at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, Yeshiva University in New York City and the American Academy in Rome, he holds advanced degrees from Drew University (1962, 1963) and the Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate School (1972).