Andrew Sharp, PhD

Affiliate Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

Affiliate Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

PhD, University of Birmingham (U.K.), 2010

Email -
Fax - 804.828.0127

Mailbox - Lafayette Hall
312 N. Shafer St. 
Richmond, VA 23220 

Andrew Sharp is Affiliate Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University and Research Scholar at the University of Virginia’s Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture. His training is in Eastern Christianity, Islamic Studies, and Muslim-Christian Relations and his areas of interest include: historical and contemporary relations between Muslims and Christians, religion and identity in Muslim majority countries and within Eastern Orthodoxy, religion and environmentalism, refugee resettlement, interfaith dialogue, and comparative study of Sufism and Hesychasm (Islam and Eastern Christianity’s mystical traditions). His writings have appeared in the Oxford Dictionary of Islam, Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, & International Journal for Orthodox Theology and his book, Orthodox Christians and Islam in the Postmodern Age, was published by Brill in 2012. His current work includes entries for the Islam section of the Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception, (De Gruyter); an article titled “Orthodox Christians, Muslims, and the Environment: The Case for a New Sacred Science” (Brill, 2015); a chapter on “Orthodox-Muslim Relations in Lebanon” in Eastern Christian Encounters with Islam (Routledge, 2015); a chapter on “The Eastern Churches and Islam” in The Routledge Handbook on Christian-Muslim Relations (Routledge, 2015),and a book length project titled Orthodox Christians, Muslims, and the Environment.

Andrew received a BA in French/Sociology from Pacific University, an MA in Theology from St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, an M.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia, and a PhD in Theology and Religious Studies from the University of Birmingham (U.K.). He was previously Visiting Instructor of Islam at the College of William and Mary and has held positions in public administration, including work with Virginia’s Refugee Resettlement Program. Andrew has also participated in ecumenical and inter-religious activities, such as the Institute for Pastors and Pastoral Workers on Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations at Georgetown University. He enjoys traveling (to over 40 U.S. states and 20 foreign countries, having lived or worked in England, France, Jordan, and Tanzania) and engaging with people of different cultures. He says these cross-cultural experiences have deeply affected his identity and sense of belonging, serving as formative moments in his intellectual, moral, and spiritual development.