United Theological Seminary

Mark Berkson

Adjunct Professor

Mark Berkson, Ph.D., is Professor and Chair in the Department of Religion at Hamline University. He teaches courses in East and South Asian religions, Islam, and comparative religion.  Mark received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in Religious Studies, his M.A. from Stanford University in East Asian Studies, and his B.A. from Princeton University.  Mark’s scholarly work has addressed topics such as Confucian and Daoist thought, death and dying, religion and non-human animals, and interfaith dialogue.  His work has been published in numerous books and journals.  He has released two DVD/book lecture series with The Great Courses: “Cultural Literacy for Religion” and “Death, Dying, and the Afterlife: Lessons from World Cultures.”


Ph.D. Religious Studies and Humanities, Stanford University
M.A. East Asian Studies, Stanford University
B.A. Princeton University