Bridging Religious and Cultural Divides

ronald brown profileAdjunct Professor in World Religions

Dr. Brown has lived for extended periods of time in various countries of the world and experienced most world religions first hand. He spent five years in Jerusalem, seven in Geneva, Switzerland, five in Boston, a year each in Budapest, Prague, Paris, Moscow and Mexico City, periods of several months in China, Indonesia, Senegal, Cameroon, Peru, Egypt and Haiti, and the past 24 years in New York City, where he presently resides.

In addition to teaching world religions at UTS, Dr. Brown teaches history, political science, and ethnic studies full time at Touro College in Manhattan, where he was honored with the Teacher of the Year Award in 2002. He is a licensed New York City tour guide and can be often seen guiding groups through the streets and neighborhoods of the city.

Dr. Brown is a New York Council for the Humanities featured lecturer where he presents programs on the city's ethnic neighborhoods, famous people, historic events, and houses of worship at New York State colleges, universities, libraries, and historical societies. He is also a docent at the New-York Historical Society where he leads tours of the various society exhibits.

   Dr. Brown's understanding of religion is tremendous. His international perspective helped me see the need for a broader worldview."

  • Ph.D. International Relations, University of Geneva, Switzerland
  • M.T.S. World Religions, Harvard University Divinity School
  • M.A. Modern History, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • B.A. Modern History, Gannon University, Erie, Pa.


  • A Religious History of Flushing, Queens: From the Flushing Remonstrance Until Today
  • Into the Soul of African-American Harlem: A Spiritual Walking Tour
  • How New York Became the Empire City: A Mythical Tour of Lower Manhattan.


  • An Autobiography of Fifth Avenue: How a Street became The Avenue
  • Merry Christmakwanzakah: How New York City invented the first Global Holiday Season
  • [Untitled project] A textbook on teaching world religions in a religiously diverse environment


Video and Television Presentations:

LTR 5305 African/American Religious History of Harlem


  • American Academy of Religion
  • American Historical Association

Former Docent:

  • New-York Historical Society (9/1992 - 5/2013).

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Statement on Charlottesville by Dr. Hugh Spurgin, UTS President
The Unification Theological Seminary community calls for racial and religious tolerance in the wake of another outbreak of hatred and violence in Charlottesville. We repudiate racism, white supremacy and all hate groups.

Our hope is that America will always seek love, unity and the higher ground. Let us pray for healing rather than condemnation, peaceful activity rather than violence, and love for all people rather than racial and religious conflict.

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Dr. Kathy Winings, who has served as UTS Vice-President for Academic Affairs, has accepted a new position as Director of the UTS Instructional Site in Clinton Maryland. She will continue as Director of the UTS D.Min. Program and as faculty in Religious Education and Ministry. 

Dr. Winings pioneered establishment of the NY Extension Center at 4 West 43rd Street in Manhattan beginning in 2000. Now Dr. Winings will be responsible to oversee developments for UTS at the Maryland campus, reporting directly to President Hugh Spurgin. 

keisuke noda 2 profile smlDr. Keisuke Noda will assume responsibility as UTS Academic Dean and continue as faculty in Philosophy.

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