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Graduate Students

Name/Contact Info Prior Degrees Area of Focus Research Interests
Buckner

Candace Buckner
cbuckner@live.unc.edu

B.A., Wesleyan University
Post-Bac, Georgetown University
M.A., University of Minnesota
Ancient Mediterranean Studies Saint’s lives, martyrology, church fathers; Early Christian art & architecture and its representation in literature; the eye & memory in Early Christian thought.
Burney

Jocelyn Burney
jburney@unc.edu

B.A., UNC-Chapel Hill
M.A.R., Yale Divinity School
Ancient Mediterranean Religions Second Temple Judaism, Syro-Palestinian archaeology, Hebrew Bible, ancient synagogues, Judaism in the Greco-Roman world, Dead Sea Scrolls, apocalypticism
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Samah Choudhury
samah@unc.edu

B.A., University of Michigan
A.M., Harvard University
Islamic Studies Gender and sexuality; Critical race theory; Religion and state structures; Religious authority and authenticity
Coussens

Brian A. Coussens
coussens@email.unc.edu

B.A., Georgia Southern University
M.A., Wheaton College
M.A., UNC-Chapel Hill
Ancient Mediterranean Religions Second Temple Judaism; Archaeology of the Second Temple Period; Herodian Architecture; Architecture/Place in Agency and Memory
Dominguez

Israel Dominguez
israeld@live.unc.edu

B.A., University of Texas at Austin
M.A., University of Colorado Boulder
Religion in the Americas U.S.-Mexico borderlands; Decolonization and religion; Non-institutional religious healing; “Folk” traditions; Critical race theory; Queer theory; Intersections of gender, race, and colonization
Drake

Luke Drake
luked@live.unc.edu

B.A., Brigham Young University
M.T.S., Harvard Divinity School
Ancient Mediterranean Religions New Testament, early Christianity, early Judaism
Dsilva

Patrick D’Silva
pdsilva@live.unc.edu

B.A., Macalester College
M.T.S., Harvard Divinity School
Islamic Studies Islam in South Asia; Sufism; Yoga; Mysticism; Post-colonial theory; Translation theory
Eberle

Bo Eberle
boeberle@live.unc.edu

B.A., The Ohio State University
M.Div., Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York
Religion and Culture Materialisms and Religion; Philosophy of Science and Religion; Post-secular Religious Theory and Analysis; Critical Theory and Political Economy
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Isaiah Ellis
iellis@unc.edu

B.A., Trinity University Religion and Culture Religion in the Americas; Religion, urbanism, and urban history; Space, place, and architecture; Industry and technology in the United States; Critical theories of modernity
Erickson

Bradley C. Erickson
brerick@live.unc.edu

B.A., Centre College
M.Div., Duke Divinity School
Ancient Mediterranean Religions Syro-Palestinian Archaeology, Second Temple Judaism, Early Christianity, relationship between material culture and religious text
Escalante

Alejandro S. Escalante
alejo@live.unc.edu

B.A., Trinity College
M.Div., Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York
Religion in the Americas Gender and sexuality studies; Caribbean Christianities; African-inspired religious festivals; Critical race theory; Latin-American liberation theologies
Hagstrom

Andrew Hagstrom
amhagstr@live.unc.edu

B.A., Wheaton College
M.A., The Catholic University of America
Ancient Mediterranean Religions (Early Christianity) Pagan and Christian interaction; early Christian apologists; orthodoxy and heresy; mystery cults; comparative religion and mythology
Henriksen

Rebecca Henriksen
henr@live.unc.edu

B.A., Biola University
M.A., Biola University
M.A.R., Yale Divinity School
M.A., Brown University
Religion and Culture gender, sexuality, queer & trans theory; ethnography of global christianities; material and visual culture & performance studies
Hughes

Micah A. Hughes
micahah@live.unc.edu

B.I.S., Georgia State University
M.A., Fatih Sultan Mehmet Vakif University, Istanbul
Islamic Studies Late Ottoman Empire; Turkey; Muslim intellectual traditions & global theoretical discourses; Sufism; Islamic modernism; Cold War religion
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Nathan Jumper
jumperna@live.unc.edu

B.S./B.A. (dual bachelor’s degree), Cairn University
M.M. (dual master’s degree), Temple University
M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary
Religion and Culture Philosophy of media and technology; Film studies (aesthetics, the visual politics of pornography, new extremism); Continental philosophy (materialism and realism, subjectivity and identity); Secularism and religion; Cybernetics and psychopolitics
Lynch

Matthew B. Lynch
lynchmb@email.unc.edu

B.A., Marlboro College
M.A., University of Chicago
Islamic Studies Medieval Muslim Mysticism; Critical Issues in Islamic Studies; Persian Literature; Hermeneutics and Aesthetics
Merriman

Katherine Merriman
kmerri@email.unc.edu

B.A., Vassar College
M.T.S., Harvard Divinity School
Islamic Studies contemporary expressions of Islam in America; urban ethnography; race and religion; social networks and the formation of community
Mixon

Candace Mixon
cmixon@email.unc.edu

B.A., Vanderbilt University
M.A., McGill University
Islamic Studies Islam in Post-Revolutionary Iran; Material and Visual Culture Studies; Persian, Iranian, and Central Asian History, including Linguistic; Gender and Sexuality in Muslim Communities; Categorizations of Islam, Muslims, the Persianate, and Religion
Villaros

Alejandro Hermes Moreiras Villarós
ahmoreir@live.unc.edu

B.A., Hampshire College
Five College Certificate in M.E. Studies
M.A., Hebrew University of Jerusalem
M.T.S., McGill University
Religion and Culture Marrano and Morisco culture and history, Spain, Israel, Middle East politics and international affairs, ethnography, anthropology, critical theory, origins and new beginnings, politics of religion, history of religion, ghosts, Abrahamic religions, frontiers
Muneeruddin

Hinasahar Muneeruddin
hmunee@live.unc.edu

B.A., Northwestern University
M.A., Columbia University in the City of New York
Islamic Studies intersections of Islam, race, gender, Muslim feminism(s), and subjectivity
Orr

Helen M. Orr
hmorr@email.unc.edu

B.A., Trinity University
M.T.S., Harvard University
Religion and Culture Religion and trauma studies; post-Holocaust theology; phenomenological anthropology; Balkan studies
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Haley Petersen
hmaples@live.unc.edu

B.A., UNC-Chapel Hill Asian Religions (Japanese Religion) Religions in Japan; Shinto; Folk Traditions; Gender and Religion; Japanese New Religious Movements; Spiritualism in Japan
Rassalle

Tine Rassalle
tinerassalle@unc.edu

B.A., Gent University
M.A., Gent University
B.A., Leiden University
Ancient Mediterranean Religions Archaeology of the Ancient Near East; Ancient Israelite Religion; Early Christianity and Judaism and its Material Culture; Museum Studies and Heritage Management
Richards

Kenny Richards
kennethr@live.unc.edu

B.A., College of Charleston
M.A., University of Colorado, Boulder
Religion and Culture religious freedom in the United States; American Indian religious traditions
Schorey

Shannon Trosper Schorey
schorey@live.unc.edu

B.A., Northern Arizona University
M.A., University of Colorado, Boulder
Religion and Culture Religion and media; philosophy of technology; American religious history; minority religions and the politics of religious pluralism; contemporary critical thought.
Schradle

Nathan Schradle
schradle@live.unc.edu

B.A., Occidental College
M.A., New York University
Religion and Culture Religion and Media, Religion and Technology/New Media, Critical Theory and Religion
Sheppard

Ben Sheppard
bdshepp@live.unc.edu

A.B., University of Georgia
M.A., University of Chicago
Ancient Mediterranean Religions Christian organization and structures of authority in 1st & 2nd centuries; the Pauline network and its development; space and territoriality in Ignatius of Antioch; consequences of mobility in early Christian communities; production of culture; study of religion as social practice
Smith

Joanna Sierks Smith
sierks@live.unc.edu

B.A., Connecticut College
M.A., UNC-Chapel Hill
Religion in the Americas New Religious Movements; Religion and Law; Religion and Literature; Religion, Animals, and the Environment
Smith

Timothy Smith
tjwsmith@live.unc.edu

B.A., Ursinus College
M.A., Sophia University (上智大学)
Religions of Asia Japanese New Religions, interactions between religion and the state, religion as a form of resistance and as a means of control, folk traditions, Japanese mythology, Shinto and Buddhist combinative movements
Sostaita

Barbara Sostaita
bsostaita@unc.edu

B.A., Salem College
M.A.R., Yale Divinity School
Religion in the Americas Transnational migration; Mexico-U.S. borderlands; Latinx migrant faith practices and communities; Social movements in the Americas
Vargas

Miguel M. Vargas
vargas@unc.edu

B.A., University of North Texas
M.A., University of North Texas
Ancient Mediterranean Religions Hellenistic Judaism, Jewish Marginalization in the Hellenistic Diaspora, Second Temple Judaism, Early Christianity
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Brook Wilensky-Lanford
brookwl@live.unc.edu

B.A., Wesleyan University
M.F.A., Columbia University
Religion in the Americas 19th and 20th century new religious movements, religious liberalism, religion and literature, utopias
Vargas

Jay Yeo
jayyeo@live.unc.edu

B.A., Colgate University Islamic Studies Qur’an recitation; ethnographic approaches to Religious Studies; Sound Studies and theory; Performance Studies and theory; Kurdish Studies; socio-linguistics; sound and/in space; the ear and voice; gendered voicings