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Faculty Bio


Stephens, Robert J.

Stephens, Robert J.

Position
Senior Lecturer in Religion

Contact
Office: 020 Hardin
Phone: 864-656-2001
Email: rsteph3@clemson.edu

Education
Ph.D., University of Iowa; M.A., University of Kansas; B.A., Missouri State University

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Rob Stephens is a lifelong student with interests in Asian philosophies and the history of religions. He earned a B.A. cum laude in Religious Studies (with emphasis in biblical studies and early Christianity) from Missouri State University, an M.A. in Religious Studies (with emphasis in method and theory in Religious Studies) from the University of Kansas, and a Ph.D. in Religious Studies (in the History of Asian Religions and Cultures track) from the University of Iowa. Dr. Stephens joined the Clemson faculty in 2010 after holding teaching appointments at the University of Northern Iowa, the University of Alabama, Transylvania University, and Lindenwood University. He regularly offers classes such as Introduction to Religion, World Religions, Hinduism, Buddhism, and upper-level seminar courses on topics related to South Asia. Dr. Stephens has published several book chapters, peer-reviewed articles, and book reviews in The Journal of Asian Studies, The Journal of Church and State, Religious Studies Review, Nidan: An International Journal for Indian Studies, and The Journal of International and Global Studies. He has served as an editorial consultant for Oxford University Press, Routledge University Press, and The Asian Journal of Communication. In 2020, Dr. Stephens was selected to join Clemson University’s Fulbright-Hayes India team tasked with expanding educational awareness of and institutional partnerships with India at Clemson University and the state of South Carolina.