Faculty and Staff
Director: Kerry Mitchell
Kerry Mitchell's experience in international education began during his undergraduate years, with a six week summer abroad program in Austria. He never fully recovered. His travels have taken him throughout Europe, and to Central and South America, Asia and the Near East. He is an experienced teacher, working with undergraduates since 1997, with particular skills in social scientific and anthropological approaches to the study of religion. Kerry began studying religion at Indiana University where he developed an interest in religion outside of traditionally recognized institutions. After receiving his B.A., he spent two years in Europe, at the Université des Sciences Humaines de Strasbourg in France and Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg in Germany studying philosophy and literature, before returning to the United States to pursue graduate studies. Kerry received a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, upon completion of a dissertation on the state production of spirituality in national parks. Outside of his academic life, Kerry enjoys kayaking, yoga, and French and German poetry. Kerry is entering his seventh year with CRC.
Assistant Director: Carlos Lopez
Carlos Lopez holds a B.A. and M.A. in Religion from the Florida State University and Ph. D. in Sanskrit and Indian Studies from Harvard University. His research interests focus on ancient India, focusing especially in the oldest texts, especially the Rig Veda and Atharva Veda. He is the author of Atharvaveda-Paippalada Kandas Thirteen and Fourteen: text, translation, and commentary (2010) published in the Harvard Oriental Series (Opera Minora Vol. 6). He has taught introductory courses to South Asian religions -Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam, Sanskrit language, and thematic courses about the Hindu Tradition, including Rebirth and Karma in Ancient Indian Literature and Constructions of Genders and Sexualities in South Asian Traditions. Dr. Lopez has organized and led several education abroad programs throughout India (New Delhi, Agra, Mathura/Vrindavan, Mumbai, Gujarat, and Kerala). Beyond academics, Lopez is interested in tennis, singing karaoke, 80’s music, all things Tolkien, and reading the works of Michel Foucault. This is Lopez’s first year as Assistant Director of CRC.
Program Administrator: Melannie Levine
Melannie Levine has attempted to satiate the infectious travel bug instilled in her at a young age for many years, whether through books or travel. However, as she continued to grow and learn, Melannie found that she craved the physical experience of traveling to someplace new. She was presented with an opportunity to fulfill this calling when she embarked on her college journey - LIU Global (formerly known as Global College). Melannie's studies took her to Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Mexico, China, Taiwan, Thailand, India, Turkey, Uganda and, ultimately, New York City – a place quite foreign to a Californian. During her last semester of university in 2011, Melannie interned in the New York headquarters of Pencils of Promise - a start-up non-profit educational organization. Later she was sent to Laos on behalf of this NGO. Since her return home to the United States from Laos, she has continued to pursue cross-culturally-focused opportunities. As both a CRC and Global College alumna, Melannie is absolutely thrilled to be a part of the LIU Global religion program for the 2013-2014 school year!