Student research

The School of Religious Studies supports a wide range of vibrant student research projects by graduate and undergraduate students. School of Religious Studies students are active in presenting the results of their thesis and course research at national and international conferences, as well as publishing in peer-reviewed journals. They are active as student members of the leading learned societies in the field. On several occasions, the School has also hosted the Eastern International Regional meetings of the American Academy of Religion at which many graduate students present their work. 

Our PhD Students

Name Email Address Research Interests
Fawaz Abdul Salam fawaz.abdulsalam [at] Islam-Urban Spaces/Institutions-Ottoman/Modern Turkish History
David Anthony Basham david.basham [at] New Testament; Christian Origins; Second Temple Judaism
Jason Blakeburn jason.blakeburn [at] Philosophy of religion; Continental philosophy of religion; Meontology; German Idealism; Death of God Thought; History and methods of Religious Studies; Heidegger; Schelling; Tragedy
Andrew Brockman andrew.brockman [at] Hebrew Bible; Pentatuechal Narrative; Deuteronomistic History; Source Criticism.
Peter Bullerwell peter.bullerwell [at] Christian Platonism; Sacramental Theology; Richard Hooker
Sujata Chaudhary sujata.chaudhary [at] Secularism in India; Colonial Period; Law and Religion; Caste; North India
Gregory Doyle gregory.doyle [at] Historical theology (1st-6th CE); Gregory of Nyssa
Christian Finnigan christian.finnigan [at] History of Political Thought; Reformation Studies; Intellectual History; Early Modern Europe; Political Theology; Ecclesiastical History; British History; Medieval Studies; Legal History; Jurisprudence; Law and Religion
Daniel Theodore Fishley daniel.fishley [at] Modern Christian Theology, Contemporary Continental Philosophy, Secular Studies, Philosophy of History
Andrew Fulford andrew.fulford [at] English Reformation; Richard Hooker; Reformation; John Calvin; Protestant scholasticism
Daniel Giorgio daniel.giorgio [at] Apostle Paul and Pauline literature; Epistle to the Hebrews; New Testament and Christian Origins
Matheus Grillo matheus.decarvalho [at] Second Temple Judaism; Angels; Ritual; Hebrew Bible
Daniel Heide daniel.heide [at] Greek Patristics; Neoplatonism; Asceticism; Mystical Theology; Origen; Dionysius; Maximus Confessor
Chung Chih Hong chungchih.hong [at] Christianity and Indigenous societies, indigenous women in Taiwan
Ryan Jones ryan.jones3 [at] Buddhist Studies; Tibetan Buddhism; Historiography; Biography
Malith Jongkuch Kur malith.kur [at] Role of religion in peacebuilding; Reconciliation; Post-conflict reconstruction
Jean Maurais jean.maurais [at] Septuagint; Hellenistic Judaism; Deuteronomy and Deuteronomistic History; Translation theory; Textual Criticism of the Hebrew Bible
Marie-Ève Melanson marie-eve.melanson [at]

Religion and Law; Political Philosophy; Freedom of Religion; Pluralism; Secularism; Minority Rights; Canadian Studies

Adrien Moevus adrien.moevus [at] Indian Buddhism; Tibetan Buddhism; Sanskrit; Classical Tibetan; Mahāmudrā
Matthew Nini matthew.nini [at] Philosophy of religion ; German Idealism ; Hermeneutics ; Neo-Platonism
Naznin Patel naznin.patel [at] Renaissance Italian Thought; Marsilio Ficino; Islamic Philosophy; Reception History; Translation Movements
Helena Reddington helena.reddington [at] South Indian Performing Arts; Malayalam Language and Literature; Religious and Social History of Kerala; Secularism in India
Shaun Retallick shaun.retallick [at] Church history; Historical theology; Ecclesiology; Political theology; Nominalism/realism
Lucie Robathan lucie.robathan [at] Ethics; Gender and Feminist theory; Post-structuralism; New Phenomenology
Amanda Rosini amanda.rosini [at] Biblical Law; Literature of the Ancient Near East; Ancient Near Eastern Scribalism; National Identity Formation; Gender Studies
Ryan Scruggs ryan.scruggs [at] Historical and Systematic Theology; Irenaeus; Thomas Merton
Tsoncho Tsonchev tsoncho.tsonchev [at] Political Theology; Christian Ethics; Russian Religious and Political Thought; Intellectual History; Political Ideologies and Regimes
Kevin Walker kevin.walker [at] Patristics; Mysticism; Neo-Platonism
Anna Lee White annalee.white [at] Religions in South Asia; bhakti (devotional) literature; History of religions; Hindi; Sanskrit


Our MA Students

Name Email Address Research Interests
Nael Abd El-Rahaman nael.abdel-rahaman [at] Religious Studies, Islamic Studies, Philosophy, Islamic Philosophy, Theology
Soham Chintha sri.chintha [at] South Asian Religions; History of Religion; Secularism; Ethnography; Philology


Recent Graduates

Name Email Address Research Interests
Anne-Marie de Vreede anne.devreede [at] Philosophy of religion; German Idealism; Johann Gottlieb Fichte; Baruch de Spinoza; Christian Neo-Platonism
Jingjing Li jingjing.li2 [at] Yogacara Buddhism; Chinese Philosophy; Modern Phenomenology; German Idealism