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Mary McGee
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Department: Human Studies  
Phone: 607.871.2998  

Dr. Mary McGee, Professor of Religious Studies, joined Alfred University as dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences in July 2008, after serving in academic administration and on the faculty of Columbia University. She completed her term as dean of CLAS in 2014 and is now teaching full-time. McGee is an historian of religion who has done considerable field research in India. She earned her doctoral and master’s degrees in history of religions from Harvard University and has a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University.

Dr. McGee is known for her commitment to teaching and faculty development in support of teaching and scholarship. At Alfred, she founded the Teaching and Learning Collaborative, a faculty support network devoted to pedagogy. She has a wealth of experience with academic program development, faculty development, interdisciplinary and dual-degree programs, academic support networks, budget management and strategic planning.

Her teaching and scholarship in religious studies focus primarily on South Asian religious traditions, with special attention to ritual, gender, and ethics. 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. Relevant to her expertise in religious studies, Dr. McGee has served on the editorial board of the journal Religion, as a consultant to the Museum of Natural History in New York City, as director of the Dharam Hinduja Indic Research Center at Columbia University, and on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the American Academy of Religion, having chaired its Committee on International Connections for six years.

McGee has previously served on the faculty and held leadership positions at Columbia University, Vassar College, and Harvard University. She has provided consultation on higher education nationally as well as internationally, including service on the Board of Directors of the American Conference of Academic Deans and as Chair of the standing committee on Liberal Arts Institutions of the Council of College of Arts & Sciences .