Ulrich Rosenhagen received his Ph.D. from the University of Heidelberg in 2012 and is author of Brudermord, Freiheitsdrang, Weltenrichter: Religiöse Kommunikation und öffentliche Theologie in der amerikanischen Revolutionsepoche (Fratricide, Desire for Freedom, Judge of the World: Religious Communication and Public Theology during the American Revolution), Berlin: Walter de Gruyter (2015). He edited Nostra Aetate and the Future of Interreligious Dialogue with Charles L. Cohen and Paul F. Knitter, Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books (2017) and is in the process of editing The Holy in a Pluralistic World: Rudolf Otto’s Legacy in the Twenty-First Century with Gregory Alles (forthcoming with Equinox). He was a researcher at the Technical University of Dresden, has held a research fellowship at Boston University, and has written in academic and non-academic journals on Jewish-Christian relations, Social Protestantism, and interreligious dialogue. His main research interests are interreligious literacy, religion and immigration, and the work of Rudolf Otto, the author of The Idea of the Holy (1917). He is teaching as a Lecturer at the UW-Madison’s Religious Studies Program. He is also an ordained Lutheran pastor and worked for several years in the ministry in Germany and Miami, FL.
Sari Ratner Judge comes to the Center for Religion and Global Citizenry with a strong background in student services and communication. Along with her CRGC appointment, Sari serves as the Program Coordinator for the Entrepreneurial Residential Learning Community where she assists first year students in navigating the startup ecosystem of both the UW-Madison campus and the city. Prior to this, Sari served as the Assistant to the Director for the Lubar Institute for the Study of the Abrahamic Religions where she learned first hand the importance of engaging students in interfaith dialogue.
Sari has been both a lecturer and advisor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication where she specialized in strategic communications. In her pre-Madison days, she worked in advertising account management for DDB and Leo Burnett. Sari earned her BA from the University of Chicago.
Emma Lai is a third-year student at UW-Madison majoring in Economics (Math Emphasis), Psychology, and Religious Studies. She is fascinated with the way humans make choices and the consequences of those choices. In particular, she hopes to better understand the relationship between Religion and Economics.
Emma is excited to join the staff as Digital Coordinator after her experience last year as an Interfaith Fellow. Besides her Fellowship with the Center, her previous interfaith work includes an internship with the Wisconsin Council of Churches and involvement with Hillel’s Necessity of Now Seminar. Outside of Interfaith, Emma is the Vice President and High School Outreach Director of Women in Economics and Research Assistant for the Brauer Lab.
My name is David Schulz. I grew up in a Lutheran home with some evangelical influence, and though these remain important to me, my practice has been influenced by other streams of Christianity as well; currently I am part of a small church network called Blue Ocean Faith. I was a student at UW a few years back (L&S 2014) and was a fellow at the Lubar Institute, CRGC’s predecessor; this experience expanded my understanding and appreciation of other religions, and allowed me to bring my whole self, faith included, to the academic environment. After undergrad I studied Theology at Boston University and continued to engage other spiritualities, working in interfaith at MIT. I just moved back to Madison and am excited to be working for the CRGC, as well as at a church in the area.
Katherine O’Brien is a recent University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate and former Interfaith Fellow for the Center for Religion and Global Citizenry. She now lives in Chicago, IL, where she works as a Program Assistant at the nation’s largest non-profit encouraging interfaith cooperation in higher education, the Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC). Having managed CRGC’s social media presence during her fellowship in 2019-20, she is excited to continue working with the Center as a part-time Communications Coordinator. She enjoys media work as it allows her to learn more about how to uplift as well as speak to a multitude of voices. Reach out to Katherine about what you’d like to see CRGC share on our social media pages!