Faculty and Staff

Alexander Hsu

Assistant Teaching Professor

4155 Jenkins Hall
(574) 631-7093

Alexander Hsu serves as assistant teaching professor for the Ansari Institute and the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies. He is also the Ansari Institute’s academic advisor and program manager. His research focuses on early Buddhist scriptures in medieval China and employs perspectives from manuscript studies, genre theory, and cultural history in order to examine how the use of texts reflects transformations in religious reading practices. Hsu’s current book project examines why and how medieval Chinese Buddhists used anthologies to “economize” their gigantic scriptural canon.

Erica Loding

Office Coordinator

4117A Jenkins Nanovic Halls
(574) 631-7386

Erica Loding organizes events, coordinates the internship program, and provides administrative support for the Ansari Institute.

Erica’s previous experience includes time at The Hague, Netherlands; the International Criminal Court; Special Tribunal of Lebanon; International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia; Coalition for the International Criminal Court and civil society actors; and the Peace Palace—home to the International Court of Justice and the Permanent Court of Arbitration. She has a continued interest in international courts and the rights of women, mothers, and children.

Erica holds an MA in International Relations from Michigan State University, where her research focused on the role of human rights NGOs in the incorporation of international law into domestic policy. She has also taught courses on international organizations and the United Nations. 

Charles Powell

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Multifaith Engagement

4150 Jenkins Hall

Charles W. Powell, a practical theologian, earned his Ecumenical Doctor of Ministry degree at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. He specializes in interreligious dialogue between Christians and Muslims and multifaith engagement. Powell travels extensively throughout the Levant and Gulf States and Europe engaging in conversations with Muslim scholars and practitioners of Islam in order to have a deeper understanding and appreciation of the Islamic milieu. He is a Visiting Academic Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, University of Oxford, UK. Additionally, Powell serves as an adjunct professor of Muslim-Christian relations at Holy Cross College.

Prior to joining the Notre Dame community, Powell pastored churches in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi for nearly two decades. In his early years of ministry, he was a radio announcer and preacher for Southern Gospel radio out of Dothan, Alabama. He is an experienced speaker, administrator, and church planter. Powell holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theology from the Florida Baptist Theological College in Graceville, Florida and a Master of Divinity degree from Luther Rice Seminary in Lithonia, Georgia. He completed most of his master's degree at the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, prior to relocating to Georgia to plant a new church.

His recent book project, Southern Baptists and Muslims: A Path to Dialogue through Narrative Empathy, tackles the issues of religious literacy and narrative empathy for Islam and Muslims that are often lacking in the Southern Baptist denomination.

Josh Stowe

Senior Content Specialist

4161 Jenkins Hall
(574) 631-1990

Josh Stowe creates and implements digital marketing strategies, manages projects, and develops compelling content for the Ansari Institute. A Notre Dame graduate and a former journalist, he has worked for the University’s College of Arts and Letters as well as the Notre Dame Alumni Association.