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Ronald R. Cavanagh

Ronald R. Cavanagh

Associate Professor Emeritus

501 Hall of Languages

Research and Teaching Interests

Professor Cavanagh joined the Syracuse University faculty in 1967 and served as chair of the Department of Religion from 1974-1980. In Fall 2006, he returned to the Department after twenty-six years in administration as Associate Dean, Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, 1980-86 and University Vice President of Undergraduate Studies 1986-2006. In 1978 he co-authored the book Introduction to the Study of Religion, and in 1985 co-authored the book Religion: An Introduction. His present foci of inquiry include: the role of religion study in the contemporary university; the role of religion in psychosocial development; and the link between faith, doubt and fanaticism.


REL 200 Faith, Doubt & Fanaticism
REL 291 Comparative Themes & Issues
REL 300 Christianity: A Theological Approach
REL 351 Theorizing Religion & Culture


  • Th.D., Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley (1968)


Introduction to the Study of Religion
(Harper Collins, 1978)

Religion: An Introduction
(Harper Collins, 1985)