The Severance Professor in the History of Religion
William E. Deal is the Severance Professor of the History of Religion in the Department of Religious Studies at Case Western Reserve University and holds a secondary appointment as Professor of Cognitive Science in the Department of Cognitive Science. He is associate director for digital humanities at the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities in the College of Arts and Sciences.
He is past chair of the Department of Religious Studies and served for several years as director of CWRU’s Asian Studies Program. He was the founding director of the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence. Dr. Deal received an A.B. in religion (magna cum laude) and an A.M. in Asian studies from Washington University in St. Louis. He received his Ph.D. in religion from Harvard University in 1988.
At CWRU, Dr. Deal teaches courses that focus on theory and interpretation in the academic study of religion, religion and cognitive science, comparative religious ethics, and East Asian religious and ethical traditions. His scholarship includes numerous articles, chapters, and book reviews on methodology in the academic study of religion, religion and ethics, and Japanese Buddhism. He is co-author of the book Theory for Religious Studies (Routledge) and author of Handbook to Life in Medieval and Early Modern Japan (Oxford University Press).