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Charles Cohen Charles L. Cohen
Director; Professor of History and Religious Studies
4115 Mosse Humanities Building | (608) 263-1956
Office Hours: by appointment

Charles L. Cohen is Professor of History and Religious Studies. A specialist in colonial British North America and early American religious history, he received the Allan Nevins Prize of the Society for American Historians for his work on the psychology of Puritan religious experience and is a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians, 2008-14. He has won the Emil Steiger Distinguished Teaching Award and a Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Award from UW-Madison. Prior to becoming the Lubar Institute's founding director, he ran UW–Madison's Religious Studies Program. He is co-editor of and a contributor to both Theology and the Soul of the Liberal State (Lanham, MD: Lexington Press, 2010; with Leonard V. Kaplan), and Religion and the Culture of Print in Modern America (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2008; with Paul S. Boyer). He has also edited Gods in America: Religious Pluralism in the United States, with Ronald L. Numbers (New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2013). He serves on the Religious Practices Advisory Committee, Department of Corrections, State of Wisconsin.


Ulrich RosenhagenUlrich Rosenhagen
Assistant Director; Lecturer, Religious Studies
5223 Mosse Humanities Building
(608) 890-1665

Ulrich Rosenhagen is an ordained pastor, originally in the Evangelische Kirche von Kurhessen-Waldeck (EKKW) and now in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, which has officially called him to his position at the Lubar Institute. He holds two theological degrees from the EKKW and completed his Ph.D. at the University of Heidelberg with a dissertation titled: “Fratricide, Liberty, Supreme Judge: Religious Communication and Public Theology in the Epoch of the American Revolution.” He was a researcher at the Technical University of Dresden, has held a research fellowship at Boston University, and has published papers in several German books and journals. Before joining the Lubar Institute, he served as Associate Pastor at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Coral Gables, Florida, and as a pastor in Marburg and Hanau, Germany. At UW-Madison he is also a lecturer in Religious Studies and History, offering courses in the history of religion of modern Europe.


Meg HamelMeg Hamel
Director of Communications
5222 Mosse Humanities Building

Meg Hamel is a Madison, Wisconsin native and alumna of the University of Wisconsin–Madison (both BA–History ‘87 and campus preschool ‘69). Her experience in communications and thoughtful relationships spans diverse media like traditional print, emerging digital, television, and film, learned from being a part of organizations like Wisconsin Public Television, University Health Services, and the Wisconsin Film Festival.


Karen TurinoKaren Turino
5225 Mosse Humanities Building
(608) 263-1821
Office Hours: Monday-Thursday, 10 AM - 3 PM

Karen Turino served as a teacher with special training in communication disorders before becoming office manager at Madison Chiropractic, where she still works in addition to administering the Lubar Institute. Her work has been recognized by two Distinguished Classified Staff Awards, both given in 2010: one for the College of Letters & Science, and the second for the entire University. Between 1994-97 she was general coordinator for My Dream Park in Monona, Wisconsin, overseeing the fund-raising and construction of the major public playground facility. She currently serves as coordinator of the annual Monona Community Festival Art Fair in the Park and sits on the city’s Park and Recreation Board.


Ibrahim SaeedIbrahim Saeed
Academic Fellow
8452 Mineral Point Rd.
(608) 262-4364

Ibrahim Saeed is a senior instrumentation specialist and lead analyst in the Soil and Plant Analysis Lab in the Department of Soil Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research interests focus on analytical method development using ICP/MS, ICP/OES and Ion Chromatography.  He has served the Muslim Community of Madison in different capacities for more than 25 years. He is now the president of the board of trustees of the Islamic Center of Madison. He is actively involved in the interfaith dialogue among the various communities of faith.


Ibrahim SaeedPaul F. Knitter
Honorary Fellow

Paul Knitter is the Emeritus Paul Tillich Professor of Theology, World Religions, and Culture at Union Theological Seminary, New York. He is also Emeritus Professor of Theology at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. He received a Licentiate in theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome (1966) and a doctorate from the University of Marburg, Germany (1972) Most of his research and publications have dealt with religious pluralism and interreligious dialogue.  Since his ground-breaking 1985 book, No Other Name?: A Critical Survey of Christian Attitudes Toward the World Religions, he has been exploring how the religious communities of the world can cooperate in promoting human and ecological well-being. This is the topic of One Earth Many Religions: Multifaith Dialogue and Global Responsibility (1995). In 2002, he published a critical survey of Christian approaches to other religions: Introducing Theologies of Religions (2002). Without Buddha I Could Not Be a Christian came out in Oct. 2009.
      From 1986 to 2004, Knitter was on the Board of Directors for CRISPAZ (Christians for Peace in El Salvador). He is also on the Board of Trustees for the International, Interreligious Peace Council, formed after the 1993 World Parliament of Religions, to promote interreligious peace-making projects.


Sari JudgeSari Judge
Director's Assistant
5225 Mosse Humanities Building
(608) 263-1821

Sari Judge comes to the Lubar Insitute with an extensive background in strategic communication.  From 1998-2007 she served as a lecturer in the UW-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication, teaching various courses including “Developing Creative Messages for the Media” and “Campaign Research and Strategy.”  She also served as the school’s Undergraduate Advisor from 2001-2006, handling both academic and career advising for prospective and enrolled majors.  Prior to moving to Madison, she held various positions of increasing responsibility in advertising agency account management at both the Chicago office of DDB Worldwide and the Mexico City office of Leo Burnett International. She is pleased that her personal interest in interfaith relations is finding a professional outlet with the Lubar Institute.


Brad KlingeleBrad Klingele
Program Manager
5225 Mosse Humanities Building
(608) 263-1821

Brad Klingele holds an M.A. in theology from the University of Notre Dame and a B.A. in education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For the past sixteen years, he has worked in Catholic parish and diocesan ministry, having served as a young adult ministry coordinator for several parishes, as director of Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of Madison, and as a campus ministry consultant in Wisconsin, Florida, Washington, D.C., and Maryland. In addition to his work at the Lubar Institute, Brad is Director of Young Adult Ministry at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Madison, where he provides leadership training and development for graduate students and young professionals.


Ariana HornAriana Horn
Project Assistant
(608) 263-1821

Ariana Horn is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research focus is twentieth-century American religious history. Ariana's dissertation questions conventional conceptions of religious pluralism including Judeo-Christianity and Tri-Faith America by looking at the "Human Relations" and "Intergroup" Eduation discourse and how interfaith and interracial relationships played out on the ground in mid-twentieth century Milwaukee.


Mouna ManaMouna Mana
Educational Consultant

Dr. Mouna Mana is a researcher and foreign language education specialist for the National Foreign Language Center based in the University of Maryland, College Park. Mouna is an alumna of UCLA’s Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, where she earned her PhD in second language literacy and formative assessment. Her areas of expertise are in world language education, multicultural education, teacher professional development, and formative assessment. She has taught Arabic both privately and at weekend community schools, and has extensive experience in curriculum development, research on language education, and literary translations. She is of North African origin and a native of Los Angeles, and joins the Lubar Institute as a consultant for a new outreach program with international students on the topic of religion in America.