Graduation and Placement Record

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Graduation and Placement Record

The information provided below follows the American Academy of Religion’s recommendations for best practices in publicizing the graduation and placement record of PhD graduates of our department.

Progress to Degree

  • Class of 2018: 4 students started, 3 still enrolled, 0 graduated
  • Class of 2017: 7 students started, 7 still enrolled, 0 graduated
  • Class of 2016: 8 students started, 8 still enrolled, 0 graduated
  • Class of 2015: 4 students started, 3 still enrolled, 0 graduated
  • Class of 2014: 7 students started, 4 still enrolled, 0 graduated
  • Class of 2013: 6 students started, 6 still enrolled, 0 graduated
  • Class of 2012: 4 students started, 4 still enrolled, 0 graduated
  • Class of 2011: 5 students started, 1 still enrolled, 3 graduated
  • Class of 2010: 7 students started, 3 still enrolled, 4 graduated
  • Class of 2009: 4 students started, 0 still enrolled, 0 graduated
  • Class of 2008: 6 students started, 0 still enrolled, 4 graduated
  • Class of 2007: 6 students started, 0 still enrolled, 6 graduated
  • Class of 2006: 5 students started, 0 still enrolled, 5 graduated
  • Class of 2005: 10 students started, 0 still enrolled, 7 graduated
  • Class of 2004: 5 students started, 0 still enrolled, 5 graduated

Average time from first enrollment to graduation for students who graduated 2004–2014: 6.4 years

Current Placement Information for 45 PhD graduates since 2005

  • 2014. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow for Creative and Innovative Pedagogy in the Humanities, Bates College. Religion in the Americas. “Good fences: American Sexual Exceptionalism and Minority Religions.”
  • 2014. Active academic job search. Religion and Culture. “Born Again Digital: Exploring Evangelical Video Game Worlds.”
  • 2014. Assistant Professor, Department of Religion, California Lutheran University. Islamic Studies. “From Body to Shrine: The Construction of Sacred Space at the Grave of ‘Ali Ibn Abi Talib In Najaf.”
  • 2013. Assistant Professor, Religious Studies and Communication Studies, University of Iowa. Religion and Culture. “Making a World for America: Electric Communication, Expansive Protestantism, and Globalization in the Nineteenth Century.”
  • 2013. Visiting Assistant Professor, Macalester College. Islamic Studies. “Making Islam Fit: Ibn ‘Arabi and the Idea of Sufism in the West.”
  • 2013. Assistant Professor, Department of Religion, Bard College. Islamic Studies. “Ambiguity, Hermeneutics, and the Formation of Shi’i Identity in al-Sharif al-Radi’s (d.1015 CE) Qur’an Commentary.”
  • 2013. Assistant Professor, Department of Religion, Colorado College. Ancient Mediterranean Religions. “Gnosis, Witness, and Early Christian Identities: The ‘True’ Martyr in Clement of Alexandria and Gnostic Traditions.”
  • 2013. Ancient Mediterranean Religions. “Canonizing Paul: Ancient Editorial Practice and the Corpus Paulinum.” Non-Academic.
  • 2012. Assistant Professor, Department of Religious Studies, Guilford College. Religion in the Americas. “Transgressive Traditions: Roman Catholic Womenpriests and the Question of Women’s ordination.”
  • 2012. Postdoctoral Research Associate, Danforth Center on Religion and Politics, Washington University at St. Louis. Religion in the Americas. “Steps to a New World Order: Ecumenism and Racial Integration during the World War II Incarceration of Japanese Americas.”
  • 2012. Assistant Professor, Department of International Studies, College of Charleston. Islamic Studies. “Thinking Islam: Islamic Scholars, Tradition, and the State in the Islamic Republic of Iran.”
  • 2012. Assistant Professor, Department of Religion, University of Vermont. Islamic Studies. “Religions of Empire: Islamicate Texts, Imperial Taxonomies, and South Asian Definitions of Religion.”
  • 2012. Assistant Professor, Department of Religion, University of Missouri – Columbia.Ancient Mediterranean Religions. “The Rhetoric of Participation: Gender and Representation in Ancient Synagogues.”
  • 2012. Grant Writer, Columbus House, Inc. Ancient Mediterranean Religions. “The Late Ancient Synagogues of Southern Palestine.”
  • 2011. Assistant Professor, Department of Religious Studies, Northwestern University. Islamic Studies. “Deobandis Abroad: Sufism, Ethics and Polemics in a Global Islamic Movement.”
  • 2011. Assistant Professor of Religion and Director of the Center for Religious Studies, University of Central Missouri. Ancient Mediterranean Religions. “Translation, Collection, and Reception: The Reception of the Acts of Thecla in early Syriac Christianity.”
  • 2011. Assistant Professor, Department of Religion, Clemson University. Ancient Mediterranean Religions. “Remembering Paul: Ancient and modern contest over the image of the apostle.”
  • 2011. Assistant Professor, Department of Religious Education, Brigham Young University. Ancient Mediterranean Religions. “Jewish Priests and the Social History of post-70 Palestine.”
  • 2011. Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy & Religion, University of North Florida. American Religions. “Remove, Return, Remember: Making Ute Land Religion in the American West.”
  • 2011. Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Comparative Religion, Miami University. American Religions. “Conservative Pluralists: The Cultural Politics of Mormon-Evangelical Dialogue in the United State at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century.”
  • 2010. Assistant Professor of Contemporary Islam, Co-Editor of Muslim World Journal, Co-Director of the Islamic Chaplaincy Program, Director of the Imam and Muslim Community Leadership Program, Hartford Seminary. Islamic Studies. “The Qur’an Comes to America: Pedagogies of Muslim Collective Memory.”
  • 2009. Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Religion of the Americas. The Devil’s Church: Conservative Protestantism and The Movies, 1915-1955.
  • 2009. Assistant Professor, Comparative Studies, Ohio State University. Religion and Culture. “Religion Out Loud: Religious Sound, Public Space, and American Pluralism.”
  • 2009. Assistant Professor, Department of Religious Studies, The College of William and Mary. Religion and Culture. “Faith on the Field: A Cultural Analysis of Sports Ministry in America.”
  • 2009. Assistant Professor, Department of Language and Literature, North Carolina Central University. History of Religions. “Possessing Knowledge: Organizational Boundaries among the Brahma Kumaris.”
  • 2009. (left previous position as Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Millsaps College for family reasons). Ancient Mediterranean Religions. “Between Symbolism and Realism: The Use of Symbolic and Non-Symbolic Language in Ancient Jewish Apocalypses 333-63 B.C.E.”
  • 2008. Associate Professor, Department of Religion, The Colorado College. Islamic Studies. “Modern Qur’anic Hermeneutics.”
  • 2008. Assistant Professor, Department of Religious Studies, Bucknell University. American Religions. “An Alternative Soul of Politics: the rise of contemporary progressive evangelicalism.”
  • 2007. Associate Professor, Department of Theology, Lewis University. Religion and Culture. “Mary as Media Icon: The Madonna in Twentieth-Century American Catholic Devotional Cultures.”
  • 2007. Associate Professor, Department of History, North Carolina State University. Medieval and Early Modern Studies. “Religion and economy in pre-modern Europe: the medieval commercial revolution and the Jews.”
  • 2007. Assistant Professor, Department of Religious Studies, University of Texas at Austin. Religion in the Americas. “An Industrial Confederacy: Religion and Nationalism in a Southern Protestant Town, 1885-2006.”
  • 2007. Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies, University of Missouri. Medieval and Early Modern Studies. “Marrying Jesus: Brides and the Bridegroom in Medieval Women’s Religious Literature.”
  • 2007. Assistant Professor, Study of Religion, University of Toronto. History of Religions. “A Bride of One Night, a Widow Forever: Gender and Vernacularization in South Asian Shi’i Hagiography.”
  • 2007. Assistant Professor, Department of Religion, Lake Forest College. American Religions. “Storming the Gates of the Temple of Science: Religion and Science in Three New Religious Movements.”
  • 2007. Associate Professor of Religious Studies and East Asian Studies, Renison University College, University of Waterloo. American Religions. “Mourning the Unborn Dead: American Uses of Japanese Buddhist Post-Abortion Rituals.”
  • 2006. (Currently not teaching). Religion of the Americas/Religion and Culture. “Cultural Catholics in America: Narrative, Authority, and Identity since Vatican II.”
  • 2006. Adjunct Professor, CORE Program, Lewis and Clark College. Religion and Culture. “Towards a Genealogy of Sacrificial Rhetoric: The Discursive Construction of Authority.”
  • 2006. Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies, Manhattan College. Religion and Culture. “Displacing Magic: Afro-Cuban Studies and the Production of Santeria, 1933-1956.”
  • 2006. Assistant Church Historian and Recorder, and Managing Director of the Church History Department, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. American Religions. “Stranger in a Strange Land: The Rise and Demise of the Early LDS Japan Mission, 1901-24.”
  • 2006. Adjunct Professor, Department of Religious Studies, James Madison University. American Religions. “Friendly Americans: Representing Quakers in the United States, 1850-1920.”
  • 2005. Professor, School of Theology, Walla Walla University. Ancient Mediterranean Religions. “The Text of the Gospels in Clement of Alexandria.”
  • 2005. Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies, Southern Methodist University. Religion and Culture. “Building Faith: Christianity, Development Organizations and Community in Highland Ecuador.”
  • 2005. Assistant Professor, School of Divinity, Wake Forest University. Ancient Mediterranean Religions. “Seductions of Self-Control: Narrative Transformation in Hermas, Thecla, and Aseneth.”
  • 2005. Professor, Department of Religious Studies, Yale University. American Religions. “Making the Modern in Religious America, 1870-1935.”
  • 2005. Associate Professor of Religion and Classics and Director of the Susan B. Anthony Institute of Gender & Women’s Studies, University of Rochester. American Religions. “’Muggers in Black Coats’: Gender and the Ultra-Orthodox in the Jewish American Imagination.”