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Jeff Long

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Dr. Jeff Long, professor of religion at Elizabethtown College, publishes and speaks internationally on the subject of religious pluralism.

Leadership and Patel

Why Interfaith Leadership Studies?

Interfaith leadership and service are increasingly important in the arena of global politics, but also matter greatly in local communities, suburbs, and cities. We have national partnerships with Eboo Patel's Chicago-based Interfaith Youth Core, and have sponsored students to attend the IFYC Interfaith Leadership Institute.


Why Religious Studies?

In the 21st century, religion is as powerful a force in the world as it has ever been. In our program, you can learn about the religions of the world from books, and also from real-world experiences. We have connections with many local and regional churches, synagogues, and temples.

Meet our Faculty

Dr. Christina Bucher
Carl W. Ziegler Professor of Religion and Department Chair | 717-361-1182 | Website Dr. Bucher

  • PhD, 1988, Claremont Graduate University
  • MA, 1977, Bethany Theological Seminary
  • BA, 1975, Elizabethtown College

Dr. Christina Bucher teaches courses in Hebrew Scriptures (Tanakh, Old Testament) and ancient Near Eastern religions and texts, as well language courses in Biblical Hebrew and upper-level seminars on the Bible (e.g., Women, Gender, and Hebrew Scriptures; Bible through Culture). She has published a commentary on the biblical book Song of Songs, and she is currently researching ways in which the Bible has been interpreted in visual art. She is a fan of J. S. Bach and Arvo Pärt and enjoys the novels of Jane Austen, Marilynne Robinson, Jhumpa Lahiri,Zadie Smith, and Kate Atkinson.

Visit Dr. Bucher's academic page here for more information.

Dr. Jeffery D. Long
Professor of Religion and Asian Studies Dr. Jeff Long | 717-361-1507

  • PhD, 2000, University of Chicago
  • MA, 1993, University of Chicago
  • BA, 1991, University of Notre Dame

Dr. Jeffery Long teaches our department’s courses on Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism (Dharma Traditions), as well as a first-year seminar on Star Wars and Asian philosophy, Sanskrit, and Comparative Theology and Interfaith Engagement. He is the author of three books and a wide array of articles on Hinduism, Indian philosophy, and religious pluralism , and a Consulting Editor for Sutra Journal . In addition to his academic and spiritual interests, he is an avid fan of science fiction and fantasy and classic rock. He also likes cats.

Dr. Michael G. Long

Dr. Michael Long Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Peace and Conflict Studies | 717-361-1240 | Website

  • PhD, 2000, Emory University
  • MDiv, 1990, Lutheran Theological Seminary
  • BA, 1985, Geneva College

Dr. Michael G. Long is an associate professor of religious studies and peace and conflict studies at Elizabethtown College and is the author or editor of several books on civil rights, religion, and politics, including Gay Is Good: The Life and Letters of Gay Rights Pioneer Franklin Kameny; Beyond Home Plate: Jackie Robinson on Life after Baseball; Martin Luther King, Jr., Homosexuality, and the Early Gay Rights Movement; I Must Resist: Bayard Rustin’s Life in Letters; Marshalling Justice: The Early Civil Rights Letters of Thurgood Marshall; and First Class Citizenship: The Civil Rights Letters of Jackie Robinson. Long’s work has been featured or reviewed in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, USA Today, CNN, Book Forum, Ebony/Jet, and other newspapers and journals. Long blogs for the Huffington Post, and he has appeared on C-Span and NPR. He has also recently served as an expert for a forthcoming Ken Burns documentary on Jackie Robinson.

Long’s speaking engagements have taken him to the Central Intelligence Agency, the Smithsonian Museum of American History, the Library of Congress, the National Archives, the Schomberg Center of the New York Public Library, and colleges and universities. He holds a Ph.D. from Emory University in Atlanta and resides in New Cumberland, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Richard NewtonGetting Carded: Documenting Identity in a Christian Nation

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies  | 717-361-1277 | Website

  • PhD, 2014, Claremont Graduate University
  • MDiv, 2009, Southern Methodist University
  • BA, 2005, Texas Christian University

Dr. Richard Newton offers courses in New Testament, African American Religions, Islam, and Theories & Methods in Religious Studies. His seminars examine the intersection of religion and identity (e.g. Ethnicity, Gender, & Religion, and the Bible & Race in the USA, ). Newton's scholarship revolves around the politics of scripture-making. Active in the academic blogosphere, he curates the student-scholar magazine  Sowing the Seed: Fruitful Conversations on Religion, Culture, and Teaching  and hosts the podcast  Broadcast Seeding: Future Food for Thought


In addition to our four full-time faculty, our other faculty members include:

Dr. Jeff Bach
Associate Professor of Religious Studies; Director of the Young Center | 717-361-1467Jeff Bach

  • PhD, 1997, Duke University
  • MDiv, 1983, Bethany Theological Seminary
  • BA, 1979, McPherson College

Jeff Bach teaches courses related to Anabaptist and Pietist groups, communal societies and an introduction to the history and thought of Christianity. His research interests include exploring how religious minorities, such as Anabaptist and Pietist groups, form their identities on the margins of society. Currently he is preparing a volume of translations of German texts from the colonial Ephrata Cloister. He enjoys music and gardening.

Rev. Dr. Tracy Wenger Sadd Rev. Sadd
Chaplain and Director of Religious Life;
Lecturer in Religious Studies; Executive Director, Purposeful Life Work & Ethical Leadership
| 717-361-1261

  • DMin, Virginia Theological Seminary
  • MBA, The Pennsylvania State University
  • MDiv, Duke University
  • BA, Lebanon Valley College
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