Dr.Verna Marina Ehret is an assistant professor of Religious Studies at Mercyhurst University. She holds a Ph.D. in Modern Religious Thought from the University of Iowa, an M.A.R. in Philosophy of Religion from Yale Divinity School, and a B.A. in Philosophy from Hamline University. Dr. Ehret also currently serves as the Director of Mercyhurst’s Prestigious Awards Program and as Regional Coordinator for the Eastern International Region of the American Academy of Religion.