Religious Life Staff

Ian Rottenberg

Rev. Dr. Ian Rottenberg
Dean of Religious Life
Director of the Earl Hall Center

Phone: (646) 906-5913
Office Address: 303 Earl Hall
Mailing Address:
2980 Broadway, MC 2008, NY, NY 10027
Email: [email protected]

Rev. Dr. Rottenberg directs Columbia’s Earl Hall Center for Religious Life. Dean Rottenberg has academic degrees in philosophy and theology from Haverford College, Yale University, and Fordham University. As a leader of faith communities, he is passionate about increasing multi-faith dialogue, promoting mutual understanding, and working to meet the diverse religious needs of our university community. 

Photo of Imam Ebad Rahman

Ebad Rahman
Muslim Life Coordinator
Phone: (212) 854-6256
Office Address: 102 Earl Hall
Mailing Address:  2980 Broadway, MC 2008, NY, NY 10027
Email:  [email protected]

Imam Ebad(ur) Rahman memorized the Qur’an as a sophomore in high school. He completed a four-year pilot seminary program at Zaytuna Institute in the San Francisco Bay Area. Ebad then earned his B.A from New York University, with a concentration on Islam in America. In May 2021, he successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation on contemporary works of Qur'anic interpretation in the Religion Department at Columbia. 

Tessa McGowan

Tessa McGowan
Religious Life Coordinator
Phone: (212) 854-5714
Office Address: 112 Earl Hall
Mailing Address:
2980 Broadway, MC 2008, NY, NY 10027
Email:  [email protected]

Tessa McGowan is the Religious Life Coordinator for the Earl Hall Center where she develops interfaith and intercultural programming. Tessa has a Bachelor's degree from McGill University and a Master's degree in Religion. She deeply enjoys all things interfaith, specifically "religion &" — such as the intersection of religion with human rights, diplomacy, international development, and research. Outside of work you can find her trying out new exercise classes, baking, or walking in one of the nearby parks. 

Julian Bennett Holmes

Julian Bennett Holmes
Sacred Music Coordinator
Phone: (917) 885-9034
Office Address: 203 Earl Hall
Mailing Address:
2980 Broadway, MC 2008, NY, NY 10027
Email: [email protected]

Julian Bennett Holmes studied with Lowell Liebermann and Richard Danielpour, and is currently pursuing a doctorate in musical composition at the Manhattan School of Music, studying with Marjorie Merryman. As a teenager, he toured internationally, playing drums in experimental rock bands. 

He has won prizes including the Society for Chamber Music in Rochester Young Composer Competition, the National Federation of Music Clubs Young Composers Award, the Mannes College Bohuslav Martinu Prize, and the Second Prize at the Seventh International Antonín Dvorák Composition.