Alumni

Alphabetical by last name.

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Richard J. Callahan Jr.
  • BA, Religious Studies and Philosophy, Connecticut College, 1990.
  • MA, Folk Studies, Western Kentucky University, 1993.
  • MA, Religious Studies, UC Santa Barbara, 1995.
  • PhD, Religious Studies, UC Santa Barbara, 2002.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: American Religious History, Folk and Popular Religion in the United States, Cultural History of Religion, Sociology of Religion.
  • Title of Master’s Thesis: “‘No God in Common’: Religion, Culture, and Conflict in the Industrial Workers of the World.”
  • Title of Doctoral Dissertation: “Working with Religion: Industrialization and Resistance in the Eastern Kentucky Coal Fields, 1910-1932.”
  • Current Employment: Associate Professor, Dept. of Religious Studies, University of Missouri-Columbia.
Alex Catanese
  • BA, Religious Studies, UC Santa Barbara, 1997.
  • MA, Religious Studies, UC Santa Barbara, 2007.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: Buddhist Studies, Tibetan Religion and Culture, Ethnography.
  • Title of Master’s Thesis: “Selling the Buddha: The Commodification of Buddhist Statues in Lhasa.”
Darryl V. Caterine
  • BA, Comparative Religion, and English and American Literature, Harvard University, 1986.
  • MDiv, World Religions, Harvard Divinity School, 1989.
  • PhD, Religious Studies, UC Santa Barbara, 1997.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: American Religion, History of Religions, Chicano/Latino Religions.
  • Title of Doctoral Dissertation: “Saints and Social Bodies: Socioreligious Narratives of Mother Maria Luisa Josefa and the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles.”
  • Current Employment: Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Le Moyne College.
David Chidester
  • BA, Religious Studies, California State University, Northridge, 1975.
  • MA, Religious Studies, UC Santa Barbara, 1977.
  • PhD, Religious Studies, UC Santa Barbara, 1981.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: Religion and Culture, Christianity, North American Religion.
  • Title of Doctoral Dissertation: “Word and Light: Perception and Symbolic Forms in the Augustinian Tradition.”
  • Current Employment: Chair of Religious Studies and Director of the Institute for Comparative Religion in Southern Africa, University of Cape Town.
Travis Chilcott
  • BA, Religious Studies, UC Santa Barbara, 2001.
  • MST, Study of Religion, Oxford University, 2002.
  • PhD, Religious Studies, UC Santa Barbara, 2011.
  • Areas of Study at USCB: Hindu Devotional Traditions, Psychology/Cognitive Science of Religion, Religious Experience.
  • Title of Master’s Thesis: “Divine Knowability in the Bhagavat-Sandarbha of Jīva Gosvāmin: An Analysis of Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava Epistemological Issues.”
  • Title of Doctoral Dissertation: “The Transformative Path of Kṛṣṇa Bhakti: The Cognitive Dynamics of Religious Experiences in the Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava Tradition.”
  • Current Employment: Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Iowa State University.
Kerry San Chirico
  • BS, Political Science, Santa Clara University, 1992.
  • MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary, 1999.
  • MSW, Rutgers University, Graduate School of Social Work, 2000.
  • MTh, Eastern Orthodox Theology and History, St. Vladimir’s Seminary, 2002.
  • MA, Systematic Theology, Boston College, 2005.
  • PhD, Religious Studies, UC Santa Barbara, 2012.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: South Asian Religions, Hinduism, Christianity, Global Christianity, Inter-Religious Encounter, Methodology in Comparative Religion, History of Religions.
  • Title of Doctoral Dissertation: “Between Christian and Hindu: Khrist Bhaktas, Catholics, Hindus, and the Negotiation of Devotion in the Banaras Region.”
  • Current Employment: Assistant Professor, Department of Religion, University of Hawaii, Manoa.
Brian Clearwater
M.A., UC Santa Barbara
Julianne Cordero
  • BA, Anthropology and Native American Studies, The Evergreen State College, 1994.
  • MA, Religious Studies, UC Santa Barbara, 2003.
  • Areas of Study at USCB: Botanical Healing and American Spirituality, Religion and Ecology, Native American Religious Traditions, Religion in Western Civilization, Ancient European Religious and Medical Traditions, and Native American Linguistics.
  • Title of Master’s Thesis: “The Reciprocal Homeland: Toward an Ecology of Health, Community, and Ethnographic Method among the Contemporary Chumash.”
Suzanne Crawford
  • BA, Willamette University, 1995.
  • MA, Vanderbilt University, 1997.
  • PhD, Religious Studies, UC Santa Barbara, 2003.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: American Indian Religious Traditions, Women in Religion, Cross-Cultural Religion and Healthcare, Ethnic and Gender Diversity in Contemporary American Religious Life.
  • Title of Doctoral Dissertation: “Body as Battleground: Health, Gender, and Embodiment among American Indian Communities of Washington State.”
  • Current Employment: Assistant Professor, Religion and Culture, Pacific Lutheran University.
Elizabeth Currans
  • BA, English and Women’s Studies, Colorado State University, 1994.
  • MA, Folklore and Women’s Studies, University of Oregon, 1999.
  • PhD, Religious Studies, UC Santa Barbara, 2007.
  • Areas of Study at USCB: Feminist Theory, Queer Theory, Performance Studies, Subjectivity, Embodiment, Political Belief, Contemporary American Religious Expression, Cultural Studies, Social Movements.
  • Title of Doctoral Dissertation: “Performing Gender, Enacting Community: Women, Whiteness, and Belief in Contemporary Public Demonstrations.”
  • Current Employment: Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies, Eastern Michigan University.
Finbarr Curtis
  • BA, Columbia University, 1995.
  • MA, Vanderbilt University, 1999.
  • PhD, Religious Studies, UC Santa Barbara, 2007.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: Religion in America.
  • Title of Doctoral Dissertation: “Speaking of the Nation: William Jennings Bryan, Al Smith, and the Idioms of American Populism.”
  • Current Employment: Instructor, Religious Studies, University of Alabama.