Ph.D., American Religion and Culture
Pennsylvania State University
Susan M. Setta, is an associate professor of philosophy and religion and the chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion. She received an AB from Wilson College, an MA from Hartford Seminary Foundation, and her PhD from the Pennsylvania State University in American religion and culture.
Professor Setta is currently at work developing a new schematic for understanding charismatic authority in new religious movements with a focus on Christian Science and the Lubavitcher Hassidism and a project in comparative religious ethics centering on end of life issues. She is the author of The Secularizing Impulse in Theological Education, a History of Hartford Seminary. “Women and Healing in North America,” in Rosemary Ruether, Rosemary Keller and Marie Cantlon, eds. Encyclopedia of Women and Religion, 2009. Professor Setta has recently completed a paper for the World Health Organization, “Determining that Death has Occurred: Perspectives from World Religions.” She is a past president of the New England/ Maritimes Region of the American Academy of Religion and a Mary Baker Eddy Library Fellow.