Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
Office Location: Porter Center 12
Monday 11:20 – 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday 11:20 – 12:00 p.m.
Friday 11:20 - 12:00 p.m.
Otherwise by appointment only
Systematic and Philosophical Theology
Sameer Yadav earned a B.A. in philosophy from Boise State University, an M.Div. from Master's Seminary, an S.T.M. in theology from Yale Divinity School, and a Th.D. in theology and ethics from Duke University Divinity School, with a primary concentration in systematic and philosophical theology and secondary concentrations in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible and moral theology. He joined the faculty of Westmont College in 2015, after completing a post-doctoral teaching fellowship at the John Wesley Honors College of Indiana Wesleyan University.
Sameer is the author of The Problem of Perception and the Experience of God (Fortress Press, 2015), which addresses longstanding philosophical difficulties about how Christian beliefs and practices can be directly informed and justified by God's appearances to us in ordinary experience. He has also published in Faith and Philosophy, the Journal of Analytic Theology, the Journal of Religion, and Pro Ecclesia. Current projects include a book on Gregory of Nyssa for the Cascade Companions series, and a project tentatively entitled “Theological Failure,” which aims at giving a systematic articulation and defense of the idea that theological discourse is unavoidably inadequate to God as its object, and that this necessary failure is actually a good thing. He has been selected to present his work in various forums, including Notre Dame's Center Philosophy of Religion and the American Academy of Religion. In 2009-2010 he was awarded a North American Doctoral Fellowship by the Fund for Theological Education, given to underrepresented minority scholars judged to hold particular promise as leaders in both church and academy.
Sameer and his wife, Whitney, have three small children, and his hobbies include trying to figure out how anyone with three small children could possibly have any hobbies.