Alumni

Alphabetical by last name.

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Michael J. Walsh
  • BS, Political Studies, Sociology, and Religious Studies, University of Cape Town, 1990.
  • MA, Religious Studies, UC Santa Barbara, 1994.
  • PhD, Religious Studies, UC Santa Barbara, 2000.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: History of Religion, Chinese Religions, Buddhism.
  • Title of Master’s Thesis: “A Tale of Many Cities: Disruptions of the Sacred in Eighth Century Chang’an.”
  • Title of Doctoral Dissertation: “Profiting the Treasure House: Monasteries and Land in Thirteenth Century China.”
  • Current Employment: Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Religion, Vassar College.
Jeannette (Jinny) Webber
  • BA, English Literature, UC Santa Barbara, 1963.
  • MA, English Literature, UC Santa Barbara. 1965.
  • PhD, Religious Studies, UC Santa Barbara, 1986.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: Religion and Literature.
  • Title of Doctoral Dissertation: “The Prophetic Truth of Doris Lessing: A Study of Canopus in Argos: Archives.”
  • Current Employment: Professor Emeritus, Santa Barbara City College; novelist.
Sarah Whedon
  • BA, Religious Studies & Theatre Studies, Wellesley College, 1999.
  • MA, Religious Studies, University of Colorado, Boulder, 2001.
  • PhD, Religious Studies, UC Santa Barbara, 2007.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: American Religious History, Childhood & Religion, Gender & Religion, New Religious Movements.
  • Title of Doctoral Dissertation: “Hands, Hearts, and Heads: Childhood and Esotericism in American Waldorf Education.”
  • Current Employment: Instructor, Department of Theology and Religious History, Cherry Hill Seminary.
Melissa M. Wilcox
  • BS, Biological Sciences, Stanford University, 1993.
  • MA, Women’s Studies in Religion, Claremont Graduate University, 1996.
  • PhD, Religious Studies, UC Santa Barbara, 2000.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: Sociology of Religion, U.S. Religious History, History of Religions, Feminist and Gender Theory, Queer Theory.
  • Title of Master’s Thesis: “‘She Changes Everything She Touches’: The Confluence of Feminism and Wicca in the United States.”
  • Title of Doctoral Dissertation: “Two Roads Converged: Religion and Identity among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Christians.”
  • Current Employment: Associate Professor of Religion and Gender Studies, Whitman College.
Brian Wilson
  • BA, Medical Microbiology, Stanford University, 1982.
  • MA, Hispanic Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies, 1989.
  • MA, Religious Studies, UC Santa Barbara, 1991.
  • PhD, Religious Studies, UC Santa Barbara, 1996.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: History of Religions, American Religious History.
  • Title of Master’s Thesis: “Heavenly Jerusalem in the Ascetical-Mystical Works of Renaissance Spain.”
  • Title of Doctoral Dissertation: “The New World’s Jerusalems: Franciscans, Puritans, and Sacred Space in the Colonial Americas, 1519-1820.”
  • Current Employment: Professor of Comparative Religion, Western Michigan University.
Colleen Windham-Hughes
  • BA, Theater History and Dramatic Criticism, Whittier College, 1996.
  • MDiv, Claremont School of Theology, 2001.
  • PhD, Religious Studies, UC Santa Barbara, 2010.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: Christian Thought, Theology.
  • Title of Doctoral Dissertation: “The Horizon of Birth.”
  • Current Employment: Assistant Professor of Religion, California Lutheran University.
Bruce Wollenberg
  • MA, Religious Studies, Indiana University, 1976.
  • PhD, Religious Studies, UC Santa Barbara, 1986.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: Religion in American History, Christian Social Ethics.
  • Title of Master’s Thesis: “John R. Commons and the Social Gospel.”
  • Title of Doctoral Dissertation: “Christian Social Thought in Great Britain Between the Wars.”
  • Current Employment: Pastor, St. Mark Church (ELCA), Charlottesville, Virginia
Wendy M. Wright
  • BA, History, California State University at Los Angeles, 1972.
  • MA, Religious Studies, UC Santa Barbara, 1976.
  • PhD, Interdisciplinary Studies (Religious Studies, History, Languages), UC Santa Barbara, 1983.
  • Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from DeSales University, PA, 2000.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: History of Christian Spirituality, Early Modern Catholicism.
  • Title of Doctoral Dissertation: “Bond of Perfection, Jeanne de Chantal and Francois de Sales: A Study of the Nature of Spiritual Friendships between Men and Women in the Christian Contemplative Tradition.”
  • Current Employment: Professor & Kenefick Chair in the Humanities, Creighton University.