Doctoral Preparation in Approaches and Themes

The individual areas of study set general requirements for doctoral examinations and the student’s advisor and examiners approve the specifics.  Most areas expect students to write an exam on a methodological approach or theme relevant to their proposed dissertation.  A number of faculty in the department as well as affiliated faculty are prepared to write exams on various methods and themes that traverse areas of study.  Some faculty may have already prepared exams on particular approaches and/or topics; others are open to working with students to develop more personally tailored exams. What follows is intended to be suggestive not definitive.

APPROACHES/METHODS
Anthropology of Religion – Hancock*, Yang
Archaeology of Religion – Thomas
Comparative Study of Religions – Holdrege, Taves, White
History of Religions – Hecht
Ethnographic Methods – Hancock*, Reynolds, Roof, Talamantez, Yang
Legal Methods – Moore
Scientific Study of (Religious) Experience – Taves
Sociology of Religion – Friedland, Roof

THEMES/TOPICS
Art – Hecht, Holdrege
Asceticism and Monasticism – Thomas, Wallace
Body – Friedland, Holdrege, Steavu-Balint, Wallace, White
Cinema – Afary, Hecht
Colonialism and Postcoloniality – Afary, Campo, Holdrege, Yang
Cognitive Science – Taves
Death – Campo, White
Devotion – Holdrege, Taves
Diaspora – Busto, Moore
Ecology – Talamantez
Ethics – Roof, Wallace
Experience – Roof, Taves
Fiction – Busto, Thomas
Food – Campo
Gender and/or Sexuality – Afary, Cabezon, Friedland, Holdrege, Moore, White, Yang
Geopolitics – Afary, Campo, Friedland, Hecht, Moore, Rambelli, Roof, Tutino, Yang
Hermeneutics – Carlson, Holdrege, Thomas, Wallace
Law – Afary, Ahmad, Moore, Tutino
Media – Carlson, Hancock*, Yang
Memory – Hancock*, Hecht
Modernity and Post-Modernity – Ahmad, Afary, Carlson, Friedland, Hecht, Yang
Music – Reynolds
Mysticism – Cabezon, Campo, Carlson, Holdrege, Taves, Wallace
Myth and Symbol – Busto, Holdrege, Reynolds, Talamantez, White
Nationalism and the State – Friedland, Hecht, Yang
Objects and Material Culture – Taves, Thomas
Orality and Literacy – Reynolds, Talamantez, Thomas
Pluralism – Moore, Roof
Race and Ethnicity – Busto
Ritual, Performance, and Practice – Campo, Holdrege, Reynolds, Talamantez, Taves, Yang
Sacred/Profane – Carlson, Friedland, Taves
Science and Medicine – Holdrege, Steavu-Balint, Taves, Wallace, White
Scripture – Garr, Hecht, Holdrege, Thomas
Semiotics – Holdrege, Rambelli
Space – Campo, Friedland, Hecht, Holdrege, Thomas, Yang

*Affiliated faculty