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    Current Graduate Students

     

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    Andrew Aghapouraghapoursmall.jpeg
    B.A., College of Charlestonsmall_safezoneally_logo.jpg
    M.Phil., Cambridge University

    aghapour@email.unc.edu

    Field of Specialization: Religion and Culture
    Research Interests: Religion and science in the modern and postmodern west; religion in literature; critical theory

     


    Rose AslanRose.jpeg
    B.A., University of British Columbia
    M.A., American University in Cairo

    rsaslan@email.unc.edu

    Field of specialization: Islamic Studies
    Research interests: Pilgrimage, sainthood and sacred space; Islamic ritual and performance; Qur'anic hermeneutics; poetic tradition in Sufism and Shi'ism

    Website


    Zahra AyubiAyubi.jpeg
    B.A., Brandeis University
    M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    zayubi@email.unc.edu

    Field of Specialization: Islamic Studies
    Research Interests: Islam and gender; modern and classical Islamic ethics; American Muslim history; feminist theory


    Candace BucknerBuckner.jpeg
    B.A., Wesleyan University
    Post-Bac, Georgetown University
    M.A., University of Minnesota

    cbuckner@live.unc.edu

    Field of Specialization: Ancient Mediterranean Studies
    Research Interests: Early Christianity, in particular saint's lives, martyrology, church fathers (Paulinus of Nola, Augustine, Gregory of Nyssa, and others); Early Christian art and architecture and it's representation in literature; the eye and memory in Early Christian thought.


    Jason Robert Combscopy_of_combs.jpeg

    B.A., Brigham Young University
    M.A.R., Yale Divinity School
    M.A., Columbia University

    combs@unc.edu

    Field of Specialization: Ancient Mediterranean Religions
    gResearch Interests: New Testament; early Christianity (second century); Hellenistic Judaism; religious identity formation; orthodoxy and heresy; method and theory in the study of religion and history

    Curriculum vitae


    Brian A. Coussenscoussens.jpeg
    B.A., Georgia Southern University
    M.A., Wheaton College

    coussens@email.unc.edu

    Field of Specialization: Ancient Mediterranean Religions
    Research Interests: Archaeology of the early New Testament / Late Second Temple world; theories on the creation, sustainability, and transformation of concepts of place; material remains and their contribution to perceptions of place; confluence of Greco-Roman and Jewish ideas and their material reflections


    Matthew DoughertyDoughtery.jpeg
    B.A., Amherst College
    M.T.S., Harvard Divinity School

    mwdough@live.unc.edu

    Field of Specialization: Religion in the Americas
    Research Interests: Masculinity in the history of American Christianity; missions in the Americas


    Luke DrakeDrake.jpeg
    B.A., Brigham Young University
    M.T.S., Harvard Divinity School

    luked@live.unc.edu

    Field of Specialization: Ancient Mediterranean Religions
    Research Interests: early Christian apocrypha, ancient and contemporary reception and interpretation of scripture, early Christian history, and the development of Christian doctrine


    Patrick D'SilvaDSilva.jpg
    B.A., Macalester College
    M.T.S., Harvard Divinity School

    pdsilva@live.unc.edu

    Field of Specialization: Islamic Studies
    Research Interests: Translation of and commentary on the Qur'an, Islamic intellectual and art history, Qur'an recitation and reception in non-Arab societies, Islam in America, textual criticism, historiography, post-colonial theory in Muslim majority communities


    Bradley C. Ericksonbrad_erickson.jpg
    B.A., Centre College
    M.Div, Duke Divinity School

    brerick@live.unc.edu

    Field of Specialization: Ancient Mediterranean Religions
    Research Interests: Syro-Palestinian Archaeology, Second Temple Judaism, Early Christianity, relationship between material culture and religious text


    Stephanie Gaskillold_well.jpeg
    B.A., Bowling Green State University
    M.A., Bowling Green State University

    srgaskil@email.unc.edu

    Field of Specialization: Religion in the Americas
    Research Interests: African American religious history, religion, and prisons


    Joseph Gindiold_well.jpeg
    B.A., Wesleyan University
    M.A., Brandeis University

    jgindi@email.unc.edu

    Field of Specialization: Religion and Culture
    Research Interests: Jewish cultural studies; religion, ethnicity, and identity; religion and social justice


    Vincent GonzalezVINT.jpg
    B.A., Arizona State University
    small_safezoneally_logo.jpgM.A., Emory University

    vincentg@email.unc.edu

    Field of Specialization: Religion in the Americas
    Research Interests: Cultural anthropology; new religious movments; identity formation and management; Christian Hebraism; ninteenth- and twentieth-century occultism

    Website


    Shannon HarveyHarvey.jpeg
    B.A., University of Texas at Austinsmall_safezoneally_logo.jpg
    M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    slb@email.unc.edu

    Field of Specialization: Religion in the Americas
    Research Interests: religious history of the American South and Appalachi; religion and social activism; memory studies; environmental history

     


    Cynthia Hoganold_well.jpeg
    B.A., Wells Collegesmall_safezoneally_logo.jpg
    M.A., North Carolina State University
    M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    cynhogan@email.unc.edu

    Field of Specialization: Religion and Culture
    Research Interests: theory and methods of religion; material religion; visual culture of religion; museums and religious material culture


    Matthew HothamHotham.jpg
    B.A., Colgate Universitysmall_safezoneally_logo.jpg
    M.F.A., Syracuse University
    CarolinaFirstsAdvocateM.T.S., Harvard Divinity School

    mhotham@email.unc.edu

    Field of Specialization: Islamic Studies
    Research Interests:Mystical poetry and literary theory; Apophatic mysticism; Sufism and the body; Ascension narratives and devotion to Muhammad

     

     

     

    Academia.edu Profile


    Samuel J. KesslerKesslersmall.jpeg
    B.A., New York University
    M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    skessler@unc.edu

    Field of Specialization: Religion and Culture
    Research Interests: Nineteenth-century religion and science; German-Jewish history; theology, rationalism, and secularization.


    Michael Muhammad KnightKnight.jpeg
    B.A., Skidmore College
    M.T.S., Harvard Divinity School

    mmknight@live.unc.edu

    Field of Specialization: Islamic Studies
    Research Interests: Islam as an American religion; new religious movements; race, ethnicity, immigration, and identity formation; orthodoxy and heresy; theories of religion; hadith; gender and masculinity studies; depictions of the Prophet's body


    Gregory A. LiptonLipton_2013_UNC_new.jpg
    B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    lipton@email.unc.edu

    Field of Specialization: Islamic Studies
    Research Interests: Sufism and Islamic intellectual traditions; the Euro-American reception of Islam; Islam in South Asia; comparative mysticisms and esoteric discourse; religion-making, secularism, coloniality, and race

     

    Academia.edu Profile


    Leonard J. LoweLowe.jpeg
    B.A. Kentucky Christian University
    M.T.S. Duke University

    ljlowe@email.unc.edu

    Field of Specialization: Religion and Culture
    Research Interests: Haitian religious economy; critical ethnography; religion and poverty; surrealism and Négritude


    Matthew B. LynchLynch.jpeg
    B.A., Marlboro Collegesmall_safezoneally_logo.jpg
    M.A., University of Chicago

    lynchmb@email.unc.edu

    Field of Specialization: Islamic Studies
    Research Interests: Early modern Persian literature and thought; Sufism; mysticism; Persian poetry; hermeneutics; aesthetics

     


    David McDuffieold_well.jpeg
    B.A., University of Georgia
    M.A., Religion, University of Georgia
    M.A., Philosophy, University of Georgia

    dmcduffi@email.unc.edu

    Field of Specialization: Religion and Culture
    Research Interests: Western philosophy of religion; religion and ecology; environmental ethics; the relationship between contemporary Christian thought and ecological conservation in America


    Katherine Merrimankatiemerriman.jpeg
    B.A., Vassar College
    M.T.S, Islamic Studies, Harvard University

    kmerri@email.unc.edu

    Field of Specialization: Islamic Studies
    Research Interests: contemporary expressions of Islam in America; urban ethnography; race and religion; social networks and the formation of community


    Candace MixonMixon.jpeg
    B.A., Vanderbilt University
    small_safezoneally_logo.jpgM.A., McGill University

    cmixon@email.unc.edu

    Field of Specialization: Islamic Studies
    Research Interests: Islamic Reform; the religious and the secular, Iranian and Central Asian Islamic traditions; Sufism and reform

     


    Alejandro Hermes Moreiras Vilarósold_well.jpeg
    B.A., Hampshire College
    Five College Certificate in M.E. Studies
    M.A., Hebrew University of Jerusalem

    ahmoreir@live.unc.edu

    Field of Specialization: Religion and Culture
    Research Interests: 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


    Shenandoah Nieuwsmaold_well.jpeg
    B.A., Taylor University
    M.A., University of Wyoming

    nieuwsma@email.unc.edu

    Field of Specialization: Religion and Culture
    Research Interests: critical theories of secularism; religion, and spirituality; discursive formations of "spirituality" in post-WWII military literature; the professional production of spiritual subjects in healthcare industries


    Helen M. Orrold_well.jpeg
    B.A., Trinity University
    M.T.S., Harvard University

    hmorr@email.unc.edu

    Field of Specialization: Religion and Culture
    Research Interests: Religion and trauma studies; post-Holocaust theology; phenomenological anthropology; Balkan studies


    Shaily Shashikant Patelold_well.jpeg
    B.A., Wake Forest University
    M.A., The University of Chicago Divinity School
    M.T.S., Vanderbilt Divinity School

    shailyp@email.unc.edu

    Field of Specialization: Ancient Mediterranean Religions
    Research Interests: The construction of spiritual and political identity and authority in formative Christianity


    Travis ProctorProctorsmall.jpeg
    B.A., Washington University in St. Louis
    CarolinaFirstsAdvocateM.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    proctort@email.unc.edu

    Field of Specialization: Ancient Mediterranean Religions
    Research Interests: Early Christian apologetics and heresiology (1st-2nd centuries CE); demonologies of the Ancient Mediterranean; the body in early Christian literature; formation and function of authoritative scriptural collections; critical theory and historiography.

     


    Kenny Richardsold_well.jpeg
    B.A., College of Charleston
    M.A., Religious Studies, University of Colorado, Boulder

    kennethr@live.unc.edu

    Field of Specialization: Religion and Culture
    Research Interests: religious freedom in the United States; American Indian religious traditions


    Shannon Trosper SchoreySchoreysmall.jpeg
    B.A., Northern Arizona University
    M.A., University of Colorado Boulder

    schorey@live.unc.edu

    Field of Specialization: Religion and Culture
    Research Interests: Negotiations of religious identity between legal and media spheres; fraud and authenticity; religious pluralism; secularism; religion in the Americas; information politics and esotericism


    Nathan Schradlecopy_of_Schrader.jpg
    B.A., Occidental College
    M.A., New York University

    schradle@live.unc.edu

    Field of Specialization: Religion and Culture
    Research Interests: Religion and Media, Religion and the Internet, Critical Theory of Religion, New Religious Movements


    Timothy SmithSmith.JPG
    B.A., Ursinus College
    M.A., Sophia University (上智大学)

    tjwsmith@live.unc.edu

    Field of Specialization: Religions of Asia
    Research Interests: 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


    Jason StaplesStaples.jpg
    B.A., Florida State University
    M.A., Florida State University

    jstaples@unc.edu

    Field of Specialization: Ancient Mediterranean Religions
    Research Interests: New Testament, Second Temple Judaism, Paul and Israel, Paul and the Torah, Jewish-Christian Relations, Hebrew Bible, Apocalypticism, Exile and Restoration, Race and Ethnicity, Imperial Platonism, Wisdom & Apocalyptic Literature, Hebrew Bible Prophets, Gospels, Historical Jesus, Dead Sea Scrolls


    Stanley Thayneold_well.jpeg
    B.A., Brigham Young University
    M.A., Brigham Young University

    stanleythayne@gmail.com

    Field of Specialization: Religion in the Americas
    Research Interests: New religious movements; religion in the American West


    Leif C. TornquistTornquist.jpg
    B.A., The College of New Jerseysmall_safezoneally_logo.jpg
    M.A., University of North Carolina at Charlotte

    ltornqui@email.unc.edu

    Field of Specialization: Religion in the Americas
    Research Interests: Critical theory; religion and culture; religion and biopolitics; religion and eugenics in the United States; the historiography of American religions

     


     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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