Dr. Mary Nyangweso
Director, Religious Studies Program
Associate Professor & J. Woolard and Helen Peel Distinguished Professor
Dr. Mary Nyangweso is the J. Woolard and Helen Peel distinguished professor in Religious Studies at East Carolina University (Greenville, North Carolina).
She earned her Doctor of Philosophy in the Sociology of Religion (PhD) at Drew University. She also received her Bachelors in Education at Kenyatta University, Nairobi Kenya; Masters in Philosophy (Religion) at Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya; Masters in Theology at Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia.
Dr. Nyangweso's specialty is religion and gender based violence and human rights. She examines gender based issues from African, Christian and Islamic perspectives. She has published extensively on matters related to domestic violence, female genital cutting and HIV/AIDS. She is author of two books; Female
Genital Cutting: Mutilation or Cultural Right? (Praeger, 2014) and Female Circumcision: the Interplay between Religion, Gender and Culture in Kenya (Orbis, 2007). She has also authored several peer review journal articles and book chapters on religion and on women in Africa. She is also a human rights activist advocating for gender related rights. She has received many other honors including a Fulbright Award.
Introduction to Religion; Methods in Religious Studies; Women and Religion; Religion and Sexuality; World Religions; Classical Islam, Religions of Africa, Religion and Social Issues; Indigenous Religions.
Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies
Department of Anthropology
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