Faculty & Staff

Dr. William Ashcraft
Philosophy and Religion Department Chair; Professor of Philosophy and Religion

9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays; 2:30 to 3:30 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays

PhD, University of Virginia

M.A. University of Virginia

MDiv. Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

B.A. University of Tennessee at Martin

Dr. Ashcraft has been at Truman since 1996. He earned his PhD in American Religious History from the Religious Studies Department at the University of Virginia. His books include The Dawn of the New Cycle: Point Loma Theosophists and American Culture, New Religious Movements: A Documentary Reader (co-edited with Dr. Daschke), and Introduction to New and Alternative Religions (co-edited with Eugene V. Gallagher).  He recently published A Historical Introduction to the Study of New Religious Movements, the first booklength study of its kind.  His research interests include new or alternative religions that cease to be dynamic but retain beliefs about the future that include the species-wide transformation of humanity.  At Truman, he teaches courses on American religious history, new religious movements, gender and religion, African American religions, theory and method in religious studies, ethics, and comparative religion.