Faculty for 2016-2017

John Goulde

Chair of the Classics, Philosophy and Religion Department

P | 434-381-6172
E | goulde@sbc.edu

Classics, Philosophy and Religion Department
Sweet Briar College
Sweet Briar, VA 24595


John Goulde

Professor of Religion

P | 434-381-6172
E | goulde@sbc.edu
O | Benedict Hall | First Floor, 105

B.A., Philosophy and Religion | Seoul National University, 1975
M.A., Comparative Religion | Harvard University, 1980
Ph.D., Comparative Religion | Harvard University, 1985


Geoffrey Pollick

Geoffrey PollickVisiting Assistant Professor of Religion

P | 434-381-6728
E | gpollick@sbc.edu
O | Gray Hall | Second Floor, 208

B.A., Religion | University of Puget Sound, 2002
M.A., Religious Studies | Claremont School of Theology, 2006
M.Phil., American Religion | Drew University, 2009
Ph.D., American Religion| Drew University, 2015

Geoffrey Pollick teaches and researches the academic study of religion and the history of religion in the United States during the 19th and 20th centuries. His work emphasizes Christianity’s entanglements with political radicalism; the role and dimensions of religious liberalism; critical theory of religion; and the cultural history and historiography of the category “religion.” At Sweet Briar College, his courses address the tools scholars use to study religion, introductory surveys of global religious traditions, histories of religious belief and practice in U.S. society, expressions of religion in Latin America and Africa, and the psychology of religion and religious experience. Before coming to Sweet Briar, he served at New York University, Drew University and Kean University. He is currently preparing a book manuscript tentatively titled “Between Chautauqua and Washington Square: Liberal Religion and the Lyrical Left.” This project uncovers a story of development in Christian thought that moved from perfectionist evangelicalism to extra-ecclesial psychology, and that influenced the rhetoric of New York City’s prewar Left.