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Judith Martin

Professor Emerita


College of Arts and Sciences: Religious Studies


Email: Judith Martin
Phone: 937-229-4438
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Judith Martin is a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph. She has an M.A. and Ph.D. from McMaster University and an M.A. in education and theological studies from Union Theological Seminary in NYC. Since coming to UD in 1980, she has taught courses on Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, dialogue among religions, women and religions, and Introduction to Feminist Theology. Her publications have been in the areas of women and spirituality, world religions, and religion and politics in the Middle East. She has traveled widely in the East and Middle East. She has served as the director of the Women's Studies Program at the University of Dayton and is currently the executive director of the Ohio Valley Committee on US-Arab Relations.

Faculty Perspective

I am currently interested in the growing phenomenon of religious fundamentalism in all major world religions. I am working on a comparative review of a growing body of literature on this subject.


  • Ph.D., McMaster University, Ontario, 1983

Research Interests

  • Religion and politics in the Middle East
  • Religious fundamentalism
  • Women and world religions/feminist spirituality

Selected Publications

"Liberating Palestinian Theology- the Need for a Contextual Theology," in Spirituality in the New Millenium, Urusula King, ed. Brighton, England: Sussex Academics press, 2001 (220-233).

"Teaching Women and World Religions," Encyclopedia of Women and World Religion (Macmillian, 1998).

"Prayer and Meditation in the World's Religions," The Catechist, (March, 1999), (42-46).