Faculty and Staff
Mary McGee
Professor Religion
Alfred University Contact Info
Office Location: Kanakadea Hall
Department: School Liberal Arts/Sciences  
Th.D.: History of Religions
Harvard University

M.A.: History of Religions
Harvard University

B.A.: Sociology
Georgetown University


Dr. Mary McGee joined Alfred University as dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, effective July 1, 2008. Dr. McGee was previously associate dean of the faculty and dean of students at Columbia University School of General Studies, appointed in 2000.

Dr. McGee is known for her commitment to teaching and to developing programs in support of strengthening teaching. She has a wealth of experience with academic program development; interdisciplinary and dual-degree programs; and creation of academic support networks for students.

Her teaching and publications in religious studies focus on issues relevant to gender, ethics, and ritual; among her on-going research projects is a study of Hindu temple architecture in the United States, with a particular focus on temples in New York State. A recipient of two Fulbright awards and grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, McGee’s scholarship has also been recognized by grants from the Ford Foundation, the Charlotte Newcombe Foundation, and the International Federation of University Women.

She is on the editorial board of the journal Religion and has served on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the American Academy of Religion, having chaired its Committee on International Connections for six years.

In her previous position, Dr. McGee oversaw the academic curriculum and advising for 1,250 undergraduate and 450 post-baccalaureate premedical students enrolled in the College of General Studies at Columbia. She was responsible for the overall management, budget, operation, supervision and staffing relating to academic advising, academic support services, and student activities at the College. Previously, Dr. McGee directed the Dharam Hinduja Indic Research Center at Columbia University and was director of the Program in Asian Studies while at Vassar.