Religion, Theory, Society


Daniel Cere, Associate Professor of Religion, Law, and Public Policy
Specialization: Religion, Law, and Public Policy; Religion and Globalization; Religious Freedom and Human Rights; Social Ethics; Gender, Sexuality and Marriage; Catholic Social Thought

Hillary Kaell, Associate Professor, Anthropology and Religion Specialization: Christianity; Messianic Judaism; Material and sensory studies; Anthropology of religion; Capitalism and consumption; Space, place and landscape; Global networks and imaginaries; North America, primarily the United States and Quebec.

Samuel Nelson, Assistant Professor (CAS) 
Specialization: Secularization and church/state dynamics; Religious organization; Empire and colonialism; Missionaries

Armando Salvatore, Barbara and Patrick Keenan Chair in Interfaith Studies, Professor of Islamic and Interreligious Studies, Associate Member, Institute of Islamic Studies

Graduate Students


Photo of PhD student Fawaz Abdul Salam

Fawaz Abdul Salam (Ph.D. 2018-) B.A. in Economics from the University of Delhi. M.A. in Sociology from Jawaharlal Nehru University. Fawaz’s research broadly focuses on contemporary religious urban practices in the Middle East and South Asia. His Ph.D. research examines the social production of everyday Muslim spaces in the Fatih neighborhood, Istanbul. The research specifically addresses the discursive and material forces that mediate religious discourses, practices, institutions, and movements in the neighborhood.

  Samia Ahmed (Ph.D. 2020-)
  Imaduddin Balkis (Ph.D. 2019-)
  Hamdi Selman Cetin (Ph.D. 2018-)

Ana de Souza (Ph.D. 2020-) B.A. in Classics and World Religions from McGill University (2016). M.A. in History and Philosophy of Religion from Concordia University (2019). LL.M. (Master of Laws) from Dublin City University (2020). Ana studies Canadian religious minorities in the context of multiculturalism, focused particularly on Hindu nationalism.

Chung Chih Hong (Ph.D. 2018-) B.A. in Social Work from the Donghai University. M.S.S. in Indigenous Development and Social Work (2014) from Donghwa University. M.A. in Theology (2016) from YuShan Theological College and Seminary. As an indigenous from the Kasavakan community of the Pinuyumayan tribe in Taiwan, Chung-Chih’s (also known as Ayah Demaladas) studies focus on the intersectional influences between Christianity, indigeneity, and gender. Her Ph.D. research particularly examines Christianity's implication in the erosion of Pangcah women’s traditional cultural and social authority in Taiwan and the lived experience of Pangcah women today.
  Malith Kur (Ph.D. 2016-)
  Marie-Eve Melanson (Ph.D. 2016-)
Photo of PhD student Lucie Robathan

Lucie Robathan (Ph.D. 2017-) M.A. (hons) in Philosophy and Theology from University of Edinburgh (2012). M.A. in Religious Studies: Gender and Women’s Studies from McGill University (2017). Lucie’s research focuses on hermeneutical philosophy and its socio-political application, and her current project uses this framework to interrogate the process of claiming asylum in the UK.

Photo of PhD student Avian Tang

Avian Tang (Ph.D. 2016-) B.A. (Hons.) in Religious Studies from McGill University (2013). M.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Ottawa (2015). Avian’s research is focused on religion, public policy, and law in Europe and Canada, with a particular interest in the legislative regulation of religious freedom and the subsequent challenges brought before the European Court of Human Rights.

Photo of PhD student Hary Widyantoro

Hary Widyantoro (Ph.D. 2019-) B.A. on Islamic Law from State Islamic University of Sunan Kalijaga (2013), M.A. on Religious Studies from Gadjah Mada University (2015). Hary’s research is focused on Religion, Law, and Public Policy, and Interfaith relation in the Public Sphere.


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