Dr. Mark Hanshaw

Dr. Mark Hanshaw

Associate Dean of Arts & Letters
PUMC 311
Professor Mark Hanshaw, Ph.D., is one of 25 faculty members from universities across the country to participate in a four-day conference at DePaul University in Chicago about religious diversity and pluralism in higher education.


Dr. Mark E. Hanshaw teaches a variety of courses, with a focus on the comparative study of religion, philosophy and ethics. His courses include: Global Religion and Film, An Introduction to Hinduism, An Introduction to Islam, Buddhism, An Introduction to World Religions, and Ethics.  Mark also contributes to interfaith panels and discussions throughout the community. Mark is currently serving as Associate Dean of the School of Arts & Letters.

Published Work

As an author, Dr. Hanshaw is interested in promoting dialogue and meaningful engagement between individuals of varied religious cultures. His most recent volume is a co-authored text, written with Dr. Lili Zhang, an authority on religions of China and Southeast Asia.  The text is entitled, From East to West: A Comparative Study of the World’s Great Religions, and will be released in early 2016. He is also the author of Religion in the Midst of Life (2012), and Muslim and American? The Intersection of Islamic Law and American Justice (2010).  He is also the scriptwriter for a few short documentary films on religious systems. Mark maintains a blog on faith and faith traditions at www.markhanshaw.com.


Mark E. Hanshaw earned his Ph.D. in Comparative Ethics and Religion at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. His primary research focus was upon religious law and ethics, across cultures, but with emphasis upon the Muslim faith system.  Mark additionally holds a Master of Theological Studies from Brite Divinity School; an L.L.M. in International Law from the University of Manchester, U.K., and a J.D. from the University of Tennessee. He is also the former recipient of both a Fulbright Fellowship and a Rotary International Fellowship.

Personal Interests

Mark is an avid traveler, having roamed through more than 70 countries, on five continents.  In particular, through his travels, he has sought to engage a varied slate of religious communities. At Texas Wesleyan, Mark has led study abroad programs that have taken students to India, Nepal, Turkey, Greece and other destinations. Mark is also a runner and an independent film buff. 

Website: www.markhanshaw.com

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