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Th. D., March 1990, Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, MA. Field: History of Religion in the United States. Dissertation topic: The Bahá'í Faith and American Protestantism. General examinations: Early Christianity, 25-325 CE; American Religious History; Religion and American culture, 1875-1925.

M. T. S., 1982, Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, MA. Concentration: World Religions and American Religion

M. Sc., 1977, Brown University, Providence, RI. Field of Study: Geology

B. A., 1975, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT. Majors: Geology and Archaeology


Instructor of Religion, DePaul University, Chicago, IL, 1990-1995, 1996-1998, 1999-present. See list of courses taught below.

Assistant Professor of Religion, DePaul University, Chicago, IL, 1995-96.

Teaching Assistant, Harvard University, 1986-1989. Led discussion sections and lectured in "Christian Muslim Dialogue" and "West and Nonwest: Perceptions of Each Other."

Courses taught at DePaul University, 1990-present

Religious Studies 211-101: The American Religious Experience (also cross-listed as History 278-101: History of American Religion)

Religious Studies 243-402: Buddhism: An Intensive Introduction

Religious Studies 210-101: The Christian Experience

Religious Studies 203-302: Comparative Religions Worlds

Religious Studies 200-601: Debates About God

Religious Studies 100: Introduction to Religion

Religious Studies 265-101: The Islamic Experience

Religious Studies 217: Islam in Global Contexts

Religious Studies 233-601: Jesus and Christian Origins

Religious Studies 263-101: Religions of the Middle East

Religious Studies 222-401: Western Religious Traditions and Contemporary Moral Issues


Member of the Board of Scholars and Practitioners, Journal of Interreligious Dialogue, Feb. 2009-present (the Board serves as a Board of Advisors and peer reviews articles submitted to the journal).

Member of Executive Committee of ASARB (Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies), 2006-present.

Chair of Bahá'í Studies Colloquy (an independent organization that meets at the American Academy of Religion), 1991-present.

Member of the Editorial Board of the Bahá'í Encyclopedia Project, May 1995-2008. The Bahá'í Encyclopedia Project is an effort of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the United States to publish encyclopedic works and eventually an entire encyclopedia on the Bahá'í Faith.

Member of Editorial Board, World Order magazine, September 1990-2009. World Order magazine is an intellectual quarterly published by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the United States.

Coordinator of Institute for Bahá'í Studies, October 1994-2008. The Institute for Bahá'í Studies is an agency of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the United States that provides research information and advice to academics; organizes small conferences on specialized Bahá'í topics in order to help develop the systematic study of them; and generally encourages research on the Bahá'í community, its values, and history.

Coordinator of Research Office, Bahá'í National Center, May 1990-2008. The Research Office is an agency of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the United States that assists Bahá'ís with their research needs, peer reviews manuscripts, and provides the Assembly with specialized research.

Director of the Wilmette Institute, Jan. 2000-present. Acting Director of the Wilmette Institute, February 1995-Dec. 1999. The Wilmette Institute is an agency of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the United States that conducts courses and classes on Bahá'í subjects, both in the classroom and over the internet.

Member of Executive Committee of the Association for Bahá'í Studies and Liaison Officer between Association for Bahá'í Studies and Bahá'í National Center, September 1990-November 1998. Recording Secretary of Executive Committee of Association for Bahá'í Studies, 1994-1998. Member of Editorial Board, Journal of Bahá'í Studies, Sept. 1992-July 1998. The Association for Bahá'í Studies is an organization to promote study of and research and publishing on the Bahá'í Faith. The Journal of Bahá'í Studies is its peer-reviewed journal.



Thornton Chase: The First American Bahá'í (Wilmette, IL: Bahá'í Publishing Trust, 2002).

A Resource Guide for the Scholarly Study of the Bahá'í Faith (Wilmette, IL: Bahá'í Research Office, 1997), coauthored by Jonah Winters.

The Bahá'í Faith in America, Vol. 2, Early Expansion, 1900-1912 (Oxford: George Ronald, 1995).

The Bahá'í Faith in America, Vol. 1, Origins, 1892-1900 (Wilmette, IL: Bahá'í Publishing Trust, 1985).

The Bahá'í Faith and American Protestantism. Th. D. dissertation, Harvard University, 1990 (unpublished).


Review of “In Service to the Common Good: The American Bahá'í Community’s Commitment to Social Change,” in World Order, vol. 37, no. 3 (2006), 45-48.

“The Baha'i Faith and Globalization, 1900-1912,” in a peer reviewed volume on globalization and the Bahá'í Faith (Aarhus, Den.: Aarhus University Press, 2005).

“The Bahá'í Faith,” in the Worldmark Encyclopedia.

Review of Peter D. Ward and Donald Brownlee, “Life and Death of Planet Earth,” in World Order, vol. 34, no. 3 (Spring 2003), 42-47.

“The Bahá'í Faith and Interfaith Relations: A Brief History,” in World Order, vol. 33, no. 4 (Summer 2002), 19-33.

“Bahá'í Faith,” in Religions of the World: A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Beliefs and Practices, ed. J. Gordon Melton and Martin Baumann (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio, 2002), 102-114

“True, Corinne Knight,” in Women Building Chicago, 1790-1990, ed. Rima Lunin Schultz and Adele Hast (Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2001), 891-93.

“Bahá'í faith,” in Encyclopedia of American Religious History, ed. Edward L. Queen, II, Stephen R. Prothero, and Gardiner H. Shattuck, Jr. (New York, NY: Facts on File, 2001), 53-55.

“The Unity Principle: Ideas of Social Concord and Discord in the Bahá'í Faith,” in Joseph Gittler, ed., Research in Human Social Conflict, Volume 2 (Westview, CT: JAI Press, 2000), pp. 1-19.

Response to Juan R. I Cole, “Race, Immorality, and Money in the American Bahá'í Community: Impeaching the Los Angeles Spiritual Assembly,” Religion (2000) 30, 133-39.

“Bahá'í Faith,” in James R. Lewis, The Encyclopedia of Cults, Sects, and New Religions (Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 1998), 64-71.

“Revelation, Interpretation, and Elucidation in the Bahá'í Writings” in Moojan Momen, ed., Scripture and Revelation (Oxford: George Ronald, 1998).

The Bahá'í Faith section of The Pluralism Project (CD Rom, Columbia Univ. Press, 1997).

“The Bahá'í Faith in England and Germany, 1900-1913” in World Order magazine, vol. 27, no. 3, (Spring 1996), 31-42.

“The Vision of the Bahá'í Faith,” in Martin Forward, Ultimate Visions: Reflections on the Religions We Choose (Oxford: One World, 1995), 266-74.

“The Bahá'í Faith in the 1990s,” article in Dr. Timothy Miller, ed., America's Alternative Religions (Albany: State Univ. of New York Press, 1995)

“The Bahá'í Faith: A Portrait,” in Joel Beversluis, ed., A Sourcebook for the Earth's Community of Religions, 2d ed. (Grand Rapids. MI: CoNexus Press, 1995).

“Paul Johnson's ‘Theosophical Influence in Bahá'í History: Some Comments’” in Theosophical History, vol. 5, no. 4 (October 1994): 137-43.

“The Bahá'í Faith in America: One Hundred Years,” in World Order, vol. 25, no. 3 (Spring 1994): 9-23.

“Women in the American Bahá'í Community, 1900-1912,” in World Order, vol. 25, no. 2 (Winter 1993-94): 17-34.

“Jesus Christ in the Bahá'í Writings,” in The Bahá'í Studies Review, vol. 2, no. 1 (1992): 33-41.

Review of John S. Hatcher's The Purpose of Physical Reality, in Encyclopedie Universelle Philosophique (Presses Universitaires de France, 1991).

Review of Marzieh Gail's Summon Up Remembrance, in Iranian Studies, 22.4 (1989): 118-20.

Review of R. Jackson Armstrong-Ingram's Music, Devotions, and Mashriqu'l-Adhkár, in The Journal of Bahá'í Studies, vol. 1, no. 2 (1988-89): 71-78.

“Passing of the First American Bahá'í,” in Bahá'í News, no. 679 (Oct. 1987): 4 9.

“The Bahá'í Faith: Beginnings in North America,” World Order magazine, vol. 18, no. 4 (Summer 1984): 7-27.

Articles Edited or Compiled:

“The American Defense of Iran’s Bahá'í Institute for Higher Education” in World Order, vol. 30, no. 4 (Summer 1999), 7-28.

Thornton Chase, “Impressions of `Abdu'l-Bahá and His Station,” in World Order, vol. 24, no. 1 (Fall 1993): 13-22.

Co-authored Articles:

Stockman, Robert H., and Betty J. Fisher, “Persecution of the Bahá'ís in Iran and Egypt: An Update,” in World Order, vol. 37, no. 3 (2006), 7-38.

Forthcoming Articles:

“The Bahá'í Faith in New York State,” in the forthcoming Encyclopedia of New York State.


Board of Trustees, United Religious Community of Saint Joseph County, Indiana, Jan. 2009-present (The URC is the interfaith council for greater South Bend)

Advisory Board of the Pluralism Project, 1998-present

American Academy of Religion, 1984-present member of the Bahá'í Studies unit of the American Academy of Religion, 1984-present

Middle East Studies Association, 1990-present

Society of Iranian Studies, 1990-present

American Historical Association, 1990-1994

Association for Bahá'í Studies, 1978-present


Bahá'í history and Bahá'í Faith as a religious phenomenon

World religions

Islam: history, contemporary forms

Christianity: history

Interfaith dialogue


Robert Stockman resides in South Bend, Ind., with his wife and two children.