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Graduate Students

 

Name/Contact Info Prior Degrees Area of Focus Research Interests

Ryne Beddard
ryne731@live.unc.edu

B.A., University of Mount Olive
M.A., University of Denver
Religion and Culture Religion, Race, and Environment in the antebellum Great Dismal Swamp and Tidewater region; Religion and Race in the U.S. South; Critical Theory and Ethics

Arpan Bhandari
abhandar@live.unc.edu

B.A., UNC-Chapel Hill
M.A., Duke University
Islamic Studies South Asian Sufism, Sufi texts, Sufi Music and Poetry, Intersections of Islam, Historical interactions of Islam

Emily Branton
ebranton@live.unc.edu

B.A., Smith College
M.A., University of Chicago
Ancient Mediterranean Religions Hebrew Bible; ancient Near Eastern iconography and literature; metaphor theory; translation
Burney

Jocelyn Burney
jburney@unc.edu

B.A., UNC-Chapel Hill
M.A.R., Yale Divinity School
Ancient Mediterranean Religions Ancient Judaism, Hellenistic and Roman archaeology in the Eastern Mediterranean; diaspora, migration, and identity; Jewish communities in Greece, the Aegean, and Asia Minor; ancient synagogues

Vinna Chintaram
vchintaram@unc.edu

B.A., Brigham Young University-Idaho
M.A., Utah State University
Religion and Culture Ethnography of global Christianities; Decolonization and Religion; Religion in Indian Diaspora

Seonghyun Choi
schoi81@live.unc.edu

B.A., Seoul Theological University
M.T.S., Vanderbilt Divinity School
M.A.R., Yale Divinity School
Ancient Mediterranean Religions Hebrew Bible; Late Second Temple Judaism; Dead Sea Scrolls; History of Biblical Interpretation; Disability Studies
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
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

Isaiah Ellis
iellis@unc.edu

B.A., Trinity University
M.A., UNC-Chapel Hill
Religion and Culture Space and Place;
Material and Visual Culture;
Theory and Method;
Religion in the Americas;
American South/Civil War and Reconstruction

Yasmine Flodin-Ali
yfali@live.unc.edu

B.A., University of Wisconsin Madison
M.T.S., Harvard Divinity School
Islamic Studies race and racialization, gender and sexuality, Islam in America, Islamic modernism, Islamic revival movements
Michelle Freeman

Michelle Freeman
mcfreeman@unc.edu

B.A., The Ohio State University
M.A., UNC-Chapel Hill
Ancient Mediterranean Religions The cult of saints, relics, homiletics, the body and senses, and ritual/practice in late ancient Christianity
Grimes

Jerry Grimes
jgrimes@unc.edu

B.A., Saint Augustine’s University
M.Div., Virginia Union University
M.A., Fuller Seminary
Th.M., Union Presbyterian Seminary
D.Min., Liberty University
Religion in the Americas Religious History; Gender Studies; Socioreligious Dynamics in Postbellum North Carolina circa 1865; Nineteenth century missiology
Henriksen

Beck Henriksen
henr@live.unc.edu

B.A., Biola University
B.S., 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
Jumper

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 Religion and technology; Metaphysics (post-Heideggerian); Psychedelic philosophy; Afrofuturism; Post-secularism

Carter Kurtz
carkur@live.unc.edu

B.A., UNC-Chapel Hill
M.A., Duke University
Religion in the Americas Religion, race, and gender in the Civil War; Southern women and institutions of white supremacy; 19th century death and funerary culture in the United States and Great Britain

Sierra Lawson
sielaw@live.unc.edu

B.A., The University of Alabama
M.A., The University of Alabama
Religion and Culture History of Iberian Peninsula, Colonial Latin America, Social Theory, Marian Apparitions, Digital Humanities, Identity Formation

Bryce McCormick
brycemccormick@unc.edu

Bachelor of Music, Virginia Commonwealth University
M.T.S., Duke Divinity School
Religion in the Americas History of religion, race, and music in the US South with specific interest in antebellum New Orleans; Mardi Gras masking traditions; critical race theory; conservative Protestantism in the Americas

John Miller
johnlmil@email.unc.edu

B.A., UNC-Chapel Hill
J.D., UNC School of Law
Islamic Studies Qur’anic Hermeneutics; Liberal Islamic Thought; Rationalism in Islam; Classical and Contemporary Shi`i Thought; Philosophy of Law
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

Christopher Morey
moreyc@email.unc.edu

B.A., Brigham Young University
M.T.S., Harvard Divinity School
Ancient Mediterranean Religions New Testament; Historical Jesus; Second Temple Judaism; Jewish Interpretation of Scripture
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
Najera

Mariana Nájera
mnajera@unc.edu

B.A., Rice University Religion and Culture Syncretism, ritual, and belief in colonial Latin America; gender and sexuality; traditional medicine; religion and material culture; domestic and “folk” traditions
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
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
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Ehsan Sheikholharam 
ehsansh@live.unc.edu

MArch, University of Miami Islamic Studies Ideology and the Religiosity of Non-religious Architecture; Symptoms and the Problem of Surface (bodies and buildings), Margins and the Formation of Contested Identities, Aga Khan Award for Architecture
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
Tsoulouhas

Ariadne Tsoulouhas
atsoulouhas@unc.edu

B.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
M.A.R., Yale Divinity School
Ancient Mediterranean Religions Second Temple Judaism; Hebrew Bible; wisdom literature; affect theory; pedagogies of emotions and the self; necropolitics; hauntology; Greco-Roman religion
Miguel 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

Thomas Waldrupe
waldrupe@email.unc.edu

B.A., Carson Newman University
M.S., University of Tennessee
Postgraduate Diploma, Oxford University
M.A., Duke University
Ancient Mediterranean Religions Permeabilities among Early Christian asceticism, Greek philosophical traditions, and South Asian ascetic traditions; Virtuality and fictive or secondary religions