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Natalie Avalos Cisneros
MA/PhD Program
  • BA, Interdisciplinary Studies in Anthropology, Psychology, and Religious Studies, UC Berkeley, 2006.
  • MA, Religious Studies, UC Santa Barbara, 2010.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: Indigenous Religious Traditions of the Americas and Tibet, Tibetan Buddhism, Chicano Religions, Indigenous Ontology, Healing Historical Trauma, Religiosity as Social Justice, Transnational Religiosity, Race and Religion.
  • Title of Master’s Thesis: “Postcolonial Healing: Indigenous Concepts of Power and Strategies for Self-Determination.”

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Garret Baer
MA/PhD Program
  • BA, Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York University, 2011.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: Philosophy of Religion, History of Christian Thought, Continental Philosophy.

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Vicky Ballmes
PhD Program
  • BA, Religious Studies and Art History, UC Santa Barbara, 2005.
  • MTS, Ancient Christianity, Harvard Divinity School, 2007.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: Identity Formation, Ancient Christianity and Judaism, Non-canonical Texts, Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Material Culture.

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Ana Barba
MA (Chicano Studies) TA

South Hall 4431-G
M, 1:00-2:00PM

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Michael Barber
MA Program TA
  • BA, Religious Studies, UC Santa Barbara, 2013.
  • JD, Santa Barbara College of Law, 1980.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: East Asian and South Asian Religious Traditions, Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism and Language.

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Steven Barrie-Anthony
MA/PhD Program TA
  • BA, Religious Studies, Occidental College, 2004.
  • MA, Religious Studies, UC Santa Barbara, 2009.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: American Religion and Spirituality, Religious Experience, Contemporary Religious Change, Religion and the Media, Religion and Technology, Religion and Medicine/Healing, Religion and Pluralism, Secularism and the Sacred.
  • Title of Master’s Thesis: “Treating Anomic Illness: Toward a Dialogue with Tibetan Buddhist Medicine, and a Mind-Body-World-Transcendent Approach.”

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Martin Becker
PhD Program TA
  • BA (Licenciatura), Philosophy, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, 2004.
  • MA, Religious Studies, UC Santa Barbara, 2013.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: Continental Philosophy, Phenomenology, Mysticism.
  • Title of Master’s Thesis: “Nihil ‘Overcomes’ Nihilism: A Study of “Nothing” in Heidegger’s Being and Time and What is Metaphysics?

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Robert Borneman
MA/PhD Program
  • BA, Religious Studies, Oberlin College, 1987.
  • MA, Religious Studies, UC Santa Barbara, 2010.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: Religion in Colonial Latin America, Public History of California, Uses of Colonial Religious Art and Architecture
  • Title of Master’s Thesis: “In the Name of Guadalupe: Guadalupan Baptisms in the California Missions, 1769 – 1850.”

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Eva Braunstein
PhD Program
  • BA, Philosophy and Psychology, UC Santa Barbara, 2008.
  • MA, Interdisciplinary Theology, Regent College, 2011.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: Continental Philosophy, History of Christian Thought, Religion and Epistemology.

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Kendall Busse
MA/PhD Program
  • BA, Religious Studies, Kenyon College, 2002.
  • MA, Religious Studies, UC Santa Barbara, 2007.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: South Asian Religions, Material Culture, Embodiment, Sacred Space, Pilgrimage, Sanskrit.
  • Title of Master’s Thesis: “Murtis and Vigrahas: Observations on the Bodies of the Gods in the Mahabharata.”

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Alex Catanese
MA/PhD Program
  • 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.”

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Brian Clearwater
MA/PhD Program
  • BA, Religious Studies/Anthropology, University of Tennessee, 1999.
  • MA, Religious Studies, UC Santa Barbara, 2006.
  • Areas of Study at USCB: Indigenous Religious Traditions, Race and Religion, Creolized Religions in Brazil and North America, Shamanism, Law, Whiteness, New Religious Movements.
  • Title of Master’s Thesis: “Playing Shaman.”

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Philip Deslippe
PhD Program
  • BA, English and American Studies, University of Connecticut, 2000.
  • MA, American Religious Culture, University of Iowa, 2010.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: Yoga and Asian Religious Traditions in America, New Thought and Mental Healing, Esotericism and the Occult, Mysticism, New Religious Movements, Stage Magic and Fortune-Telling, Cognitive Science of Religion.

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Will Dewey
PhD Program
  • BA, Religion and Political Science, Emory University, 2008.
  • MTS, Buddhist Studies, Harvard Divinity School, 2010.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: Tibetan Buddhism, 19th Century Tibetan History, Religion and Politics.

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David Ellerton
PhD Program
  • BA, Anthropology and Japanese, University of Colorado, Boulder, 1998.
  • MA, Indo-Tibetan Buddhism, Naropa University, 2007.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy and Metaphysics, South Asian Tantric Traditions, Buddhist Prophecy, Theories of Mind.

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ErdeneBaatar Erdene-Ochir
PhD Program TA
  • BA, Philosophy, UC Santa Barbara, 2010.
  • MTS, Theological Studies, Harvard University, 2013.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: Indo-Tibetan Buddhism, Buddhist Philosophy, Religions in Mongolia.

HSSB 3057
T, 1:00-3:00PM

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Marshall Evans
PhD Program
  • BA, Double Major in English Literature and Italian, Middlebury College, 1993.
  • MDiv, Harvard Divinity School, 1998.
  • ThM, Harvard Divinity School, 2013
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: Early Christianity, Ancient Greek and Roman Religion, Archaeology.

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Natalie Fawcett
PhD Program
  • BS, Political Science, University of Utah, 2000.
  • MA, Ethnic Studies, San Francisco State University, 2007.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: Native American Religious Traditions/Philosophies, Mormonism, Race and Religion, Politics and Religion.

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Stephen Fleming
PhD Program
  • BA, History, Brigham Young University, 1999.
  • MA, History, California State University, Stanislaus, 2003.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: History of Christianity, Religion in the Roman Empire, Religion in the Middle Ages, English Reformation, and Religion and Modernity (Enlightenment), Mormonism.

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Jed Forman
TA

HSSB 3057
TH, 2:30-4:30PM

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David S. Fowler
MA/PhD Program TA
  • BA, South Asian Studies, University of Washington, 1999.
  • BA, Comparative Religion, University of Washington, 2005.
  • BA, Asian Languages and Literature, University of Washington, 2005.
  • MA, Religious Studies, UC Santa Barbara, 2008.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: Sikhism, Hindu Traditions, Bhakti, South Asian Islamic Traditions.
  • Title of Master’s Thesis: “Think About Getting on the Good Road: A Reappraisal of Guru Nanak’s Place in Indian Religious History.”

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Nathan Fredrickson
PhD Program TA
  • BA, Classics, Saint Anselm College, 2006.
  • MA, Classics, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, 2009.
  • MS, Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, 2011.
  • MA, Religious Studies, University of California Santa Barbara, 2013.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: Religions in North America, Invented and Parody Religions, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Ancient Mediterranean Studies (PhD Emphasis), History of Western Thought, Cognitive Science (PhD Emphasis), Translation Studies (PhD Emphasis), Cosmology and World-building.
  • Title of Master’s Thesis: “The Gospel of Judas, the Subversion of Royal Ideology, and the Generation of a Sovereign Self.”

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Samaneh Oladi Ghadikolaei
PhD Program TA
  • BA, English Translation and Literature, Azad University, Iran, 2003.
  • MA, Education, Tehran University, Iran, 2005.
  • MA, Global and International Studies, UC Santa Barbara, 2008.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: Islamic Law and Jurisprudence, Religious Movements, Gender and Sexuality.
  • Title of Master’s Thesis: “Women’s Involvement in Civil Society: Religious and Secular Activism in Perspective.”

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Lauren Horn Griffin
PhD Program
  • BA, English, University of Oklahoma, 2006.
  • MEd, University of Oklahoma, 2008.
  • MTS, Vanderbilt University, 2010.
  • MA, History, UC Santa Barbara, 2012.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: History of Christianity, Early Modern Catholicism.

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Joel Gruber
PhD Program
  • BA, Religious Studies and Psychology, UC Santa Barbara, 2000.
  • MA, Buddhist Studies, Naropa University, 2007.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: Tibetan Buddhism, Tantra, Buddhism in America.

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Jennifer Hahn
MA/PhD Program
  • BA, American Civilization, Brown University, 2003.
  • MA, Specialized Journalism, University of Southern California, 2009.
  • MA, Religious Studies, UC Santa Barbara, 2012.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: American Religious History, New Religious Movements, Cognitive Science of Religion, Religious Responses to Addiction and Mental Illness.
  • Title of Master’s Thesis: “A ‘Spiritual Solution’: The Influence of Emmet Fox and New Thought on Alcoholics Anonymous.”

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Jeremy Hanes
PhD Program
  • BA, Religious Studies & Theater, Christopher Newport University, 2009.
  • MA, South Asian Studies, Harvard Divinity School, 2012.
  • Areas of Study at USCB: South Asian Religions, Religion and Culture, Indian Aesthetic Theories, Post-colonial Studies, Ritual Theory, Comparative Theories of Embodiment, Performance and Religious Theatrical Traditions.

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David Heeren
MA/PhD Program
  • BA, Religious Studies and Cultural Anthropology, UC Santa Barbara, 2006.
  • MA, Religious Studies, UC Santa Barbara, 2010.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: Religion and Popular Culture, Sport and Religion, American Religious History, Sociology of American Religion.
  • Title of Master’s Thesis: “Re-examining Feng Shui in America as Metaphysical Religiosity.”

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Dusty Hoesly
PhD Program
  • BA, English and Philosophy, Lewis & Clark College, 2002.
  • MAR, History of Christianity, Yale Divinity School, 2004.
  • MAT, Language Arts, Lewis & Clark College Graduate School of Education, 2006.
  • Areas of Study at USCB: Religion in American History, Religion in the American West, Secularity, Religion and Irreligion in the Pacific Northwest, Globalization.

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Daniel P Hotary
PhD Program
  • BA, Sociology and Anthropology, Kalamazoo College, 2004.
  • MA, Humanities and Social Thought, New York University, 2006.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: History of Religions, Modern Judaism, Religion and Diaspora, Religion and Nationalism, Theories of Ritual, Constructions of Jewish Peoplehood, Sociology of Religion, American Jewish Communities

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Steven Hu
PhD Program
  • BA, English, Journalism, Rutgers University 1997.
  • MA, Christian Thought, Biblical Theological Seminary, 2007.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: Chinese Popular Religion, Global Christianity, Chinese Diaspora, Transnationalism, Asian American Religions, Religion and Mass Media.

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Noora Kamel
MA Program
  • BA, Japanese, UC Los Angeles, 2011.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: Islam in America; Religion, Culture, and Identity Formation; Religion and Youth Culture/Movements (with focus on American Muslim youth).

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Elizabeth Kerr
PhD Program TA
  • BA, Anthropology, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2003.
  • MA, Religious Studies, UC Santa Barbara, 2007.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: History of Western Christian Thought, Continental Philosophy, Contemporary Feminist Theory.
  • Title of Master’s Thesis: “Technologies of Life: Postmodern Ethics in an Age of Information.”

HSSB 3043

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Michael Kinsella
PhD Program
  • BA, Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles, 2003.
  • MA, Folk Studies, Western Kentucky University, 2007.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: Psychology and Sociology of Paranormal Beliefs, New Religious Movements, Folk Narratives.

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Kolby Knight
PhD Program TA
  • BA, Religious Studies, Mercer University, 2010.
  • MDiv, Wake Forest University School of Divinity, 2013.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: Nineteenth Century American Religion, American Catholicism.

HSSB 3043

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Mayumi Kodani
PhD Program TA
  • BA, English Literature, McGill University, 2001.
  • MA, Religious Studies, UC Santa Barbara, 2013.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: Tibetan Buddhism, the Grotesque, Conceptions of the Pure Land in Tibetan and Japanese Buddhism.
  • Title of Master’s Thesis: “The Improperly Dead: Tibetan Rolang as Buddhist Grotesquerie.”

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Adam Krug
PhD Program
  • BA, Religious Studies, Vassar College, 2002.
  • MA, Indo-Tibetan Buddhism, Sanskrit and Tibetan Language, Naropa University, 2010.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: Buddhist Traditions.

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Brett Land
PhD Program
  • BS, Pyschology, Francis Marion University, 1999.
  • MA, Religion, Florida State University, 2002.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: Philosophy of Religion, Messianism, Religious Ethics, Hermeneutics, Problems of Writing.

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Mariano Lozano
MA Program
  • BA, Religious Studies, CSU Northridge, 2012.
  • Areas of study at UCSB: Religion and Philosophy (Phenomenology, Existentialism, Hermeneutics), Buddhist Philosophy, Chinese Religions, Religion and Art/Cinema.

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Vikas Malhotra
PhD Program
  • BA, Anthropology and Multimedia Studies, Hampshire College, 1998.
  • MA, South Asian Studies, Columbia University, 2004.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: South Asian Religious Traditions (Hindu and Buddhist).

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Caleb McCarthy
MA/PhD Program
  • BA, History and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Utah, 2007.
  • MA, Religious Studies, UC Santa Barbara, 2011.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: Islam, Religion and Culture.
  • Title of Master’s Thesis: “Samuel Zwemer and the American Study of Islam.”

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Margaret McMurtrey
PhD Program
  • BA, English, UC Santa Barbara, 1978.
  • MA, Confluent Education, UC Santa Barbara, 1983.
  • MA, Educational Leadership, UC Santa Barbara, 1986.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: Native American Studies, Native American Epistemologies, Early American Religious Movements, New Religious Movements.

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Chris Morales
PhD Program
  • BA, Religion and Philosophy, California State University, Long Beach, 2006.
  • MTS, Religion and Ethics, Harvard Divinity School, 2008.
  • MA, Cultural Analysis, Universiteit van Amsterdam, 2010.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: Religion and Philosophy, New Religious Movements, Existentialism, Phenomenology of Desire and of Specialness.

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Adam Morrison
MA/PhD Program
  • BA, Religious Studies, University of Denver, 2005.
  • MA, Religious Studies, UC Santa Barbara, 2013.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: Religion and Law, Islamic Studies, Religion in North America.
  • Title of Master’s Thesis: “Religious Legitimacy and the Nation of Islam: In Re Ferguson and Muslim Inmates’ Religious Rights in the 1950s and 1960s.”

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Christine Murphy
PhD Program
  • MA, French and German, University of St Andrews, 2005.
  • MPhil, Modern South Asian Studies, Oxford University, 2010.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: Buddhist Studies.

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Jake Nagasawa
MA/PhD Program TA
  • BA, Theology & Religious Studies and Asian Studies, University of San Francisco, 2011.
  • Area of Study at UCSB: Indo-Tibetan Buddhism, Japanese Buddhism, Buddhism in America, Sexuality and Religion, Race and Religion.

HSSB 3057

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Brendan Newlon
MA/PhD Program
  • BA, Religious Studies, UC Santa Barbara, 2000.
  • MA, Religious Studies, UC Santa Barbara, 2013.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: Islam in China, Islam, Chinese Religion and Philosophy, Language and Cognition, Culture and Ethnicity.
  • Title of Master’s Thesis: “Hui Muslims and the Minzu Paradigm.”

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Anna Pokazanyeva
MA/PhD Program
  • BA, English and French Literature, Rutgers University, 2008.
  • MA, Religious Studies, UC Santa Barbara, 2011.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: South Asian Religions, Tantra, Yoga, Metaphysical Religion, Theories of Embodiment and Gender, Religion and Literature.
  • Title of Master’s Thesis: “Sacrifices Gone Wild: Eschatology in the Sauptikaparvan of the Mahabharata.”

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Or Porath
PhD Program TA
  • BA, East Asian Studies and History, Tel-Aviv University, 2010.
  • MA, East Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University, 2012.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: Medieval Japanese Religion, Religion and Sexuality, East Asian Buddhism, Queer Theory, Folk Religion.

HSSB 3057
W, 1:00-3:00PM

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Maria del Rosario Jazmin Puignau
PhD Program
  • BA, Theology,  Universita Gregoriana di Roma, 2002.
  • BA, Political Science, University of the Republic, Uruguay, 2003.
  • MA, Political Strategy, National Institute for Higher Studies, Uruguay, 2004.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: Islamic and Christian Political Theology, Arabic, Islamic and Christian Philosophy, Qur’anic Studies.

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Pawan Rehill
MA/PhD Program
  • BA, Religious Studies, University of Calgary, 2002.
  • MA, Religious Studies, UC Santa Barbara, 2009.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: Sikh Studies, South Asian Traditions, Gender and Feminist Studies.
  • Title of Master’s Thesis: “Guru Nanak’s Japuji: A Social Blueprint for the Sikh Community.”

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Nathaniel Rich
MA/PhD Program
  • BA, Philosophy, Texas A&M University, 2000.
  • MA, Religious Studies, UC Santa Barbara, 2008.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: Tibetan and Himalayan Buddhism, South Asian Buddhism, South Asian Popular Hinduisms, Social/Cultural History of Asian Religions.
  • Title of Master’s Thesis: “The Biography of Rong zom chos kyi bzang po (ca. 1040) in the Dkar chag me tog phreng ba (Catalogue: A Flower Garland) of ‘Ju mi pham rnam rgyal (1846–1912).”

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Martha Smith Roberts
PhD Program
  • BA, Religious Studies and German, Missouri State University, 2002.
  • MA, Religious Studies, Missouri State University, 2005.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: American Religions; Religious Pluralism; Race, Ethnicity, and Religion; Material Culture and Embodied Practice.

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Matt Robertson
PhD Program
  • BA, Psychology, Truman State University, 2005.
  • MA, Eastern Classical Literature, St. John’s College (NM), 2009.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: South Asian Religions, Philosophy of Religion, Psychology of Religion, Occultism.

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Claire Robison
PhD Program
  • BA, Theology, Oxford University, 2007.
  • MA, Religious Studies, Cambridge University, 2008.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: South Asian Religions, Vaisnava Bhakti Traditions, Cultural History of Modern South Asia, Islamic History and Practice in South Asia, Ismailism, Sanskrit, Hindi, Persian.

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Peter M. Romaskiewicz
PhD Program
  • BA, Religious Studies, Rutgers University, 2003.
  • MA, Religious Studies, Columbia University, 2005.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: Buddhism, Chinese Religions, Buddhist Philosophy, Religion and Mass Media.

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Kendra Sarna
MA/PhD Program
  • BA, Philosophy, Northeastern University, 2007.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: Political Islamic Movements, Politicization of Gender and Sexuality, Religious Conceptions of the Body, Religion and Law, Religion and Violence, Contemporary Issues Facing Muslim Communities in the U.S. and Europe, Islam in the Media.

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Emily A. Schmidt
PhD Program
  • BA, Religious Studies, UC Santa Barbara, 2000.
  • MTS, Ancient Christianity, Harvard Divinity School, 2004.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: Religions of the Roman Empire, Ancient Christianity & Judaism, Archaeology of Religion, Religious Identity, Politics of Religion and Empire.

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Jason Schwartz
PhD Program
  • BA, Religious Studies, Bard College, 2004.
  • MA, South Asian Studies, Columbia University, 2010.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: Pre-Modern and Early Modern Hinduism, Historical Semantics of Concepts in Sanskrit Discourse.

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Sohaira Siddiqui
MA/PhD Program
  • BA, Near Eastern Language and Civilizations, Political Science, English Literature, University of Washington, 2009.
  • MA, Religious Studies, UC Santa Barbara, 2011.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: Classical Islamic Law, Jurisprudence, Theology and Political Theory; Contemporary Islamic Intellectual History; Secularism; Modernity.
  • Title of Master’s Thesis: “The Evanescence of Perfection: Exploring the Lietmotif of Retroactive Minimalism in al-Juwaynī’s Political Thought.”

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Albert Silva
PhD Program
  • BA, Biology, University of Pennsylvania, 2001.
  • MLA, Religious Studies/Individualized Major, University of Pennsylvania, 2006.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: American Religious History, Philosophy of Religion/Science, Religious Experience, Metaphysical Religions/Religiosity, Religion and Healing, Science and Religion, Music and Religion.

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Rohit Singh
MA/PhD Program
  • BA, Religious Studies, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, 2003.
  • MLIS, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, 2005.
  • MA, Religious Studies, UC Santa Barbara, 2010.
  • Area of Study at UCSB: South Asian and Himalayan Religions.
  • Title of Master’s Thesis: “History, Narrative, and Identity among the Tibetan Muslims in Kashmir: A Rethinking of Tibetan-ness.”

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Kristy Slominski
MA/PhD Program
  • BA, Religious Studies, Michigan State University, 2007.
  • MA, Religious Studies, UC Santa Barbara, 2009.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: American Religious History, Sexuality & Religion, Women & Religion, Global Christianities.
  • Title of Master’s Thesis: “‘Do Everything’ but Prostitute: The History of Frances Willard and Fallen Women.”

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John Soboslai
PhD Program
  • BA, Philosophy, Central Connecticut State University, 2002.
  • MA, Religious Studies, Columbia University, 2004.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: Religion and the State, Religion and Violence, Martyrdom, Early Christianity, Theories of Religion.

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Aaron Sokoll
PhD Program
  • BA, Philosophy, Cedarville University, 1999.
  • MA, Religious Studies, University of Denver, 2007.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: Religion and Culture, American Religious History, Sociology of American Religion, Eastern Orthodox Studies, Conversion and Identity, Law and Religion in the US, Civil Religion in the US.

Office & Office Hours: (F14)
F, 10:00-10:50AM & 12:00-12:50PM

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Jaakko Takkinen
PhD Program
  • BA, South Asian Studies, University of Helsinki, 2008.
  • MA, South Asian Studies / Department of World Cultures, University of Helsinki, 2010.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: Religion and Medicine/Healing, Tibetan Medicine, Buddhist Studies, the Himalayas, Ethnography.

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Ahmet Temel
PhD Program
  • BA, Religion, Istanbul University, 2004.
  • MA, Islamic Law, Marmara University, 2007.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: Islamic Studies, Islamic Law and Legal Theory, Qur’anic Studies, Hadith, Islamic Philosophy and Theology, Islamic History, Religious Identity and Secularism, State and Religion, Human Rights and Religion.

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John C. Thibdeau
PhD Program
  • BS, Philosophy and Physics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2007.
  • MA, Religious Studies, University of Colorado – Boulder, 2012.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: Contemporary Middle Eastern Social and Religious Movements; Religious Community, Practice, and Experience; Embodied and Enactive Cognitive Science; Body, Gesture, Affect, Perception, Memory, and Plasticity; Music, Dance, and Culture; History of Ideas (Nietzsche, Benjamin, Foucault); Critical Social Theory; Technologies and Care of the Self.

HSSB 3055

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Aaron Ullrey
MA/PhD Program
  • BA, Religious Studies/English/Education, Michigan State University, 2001.
  • MA, Religious Studies, UC Santa Barbara, 2008.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: Hindu Polytheism, Tantra, Philosophy of Religion, Languages (Sanskrit, Tibetan).
  • Title of Master’s Thesis: “The Power Before the Throne: The Position of the Purohita in Indian Literature.”

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Nesrin Unlu
PhD Program
  • BA, Theology, Uludag University, 2008.
  • MA, Religious Studies, New York University, 2011.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: Governments and Religious Movements in the Middle East, Religion and Politics in Turkey, Islamic Law.

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Sarah Veeck
MA/PhD Program TA
  • BA, Religion, Dartmouth College, 2011.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: Popular Religion in China, Religion and Media.

HSSB 3055
T, 10:00AM-12:00PM
and by appointment

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Tara Villalba
MA/PhD Program
  • BA, Liberal Studies (Sociology/Psychology, Art Studio), Midway College, 1996.
  • MA, Religious Studies, UC Santa Barbara, 2004.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: Religion and Politics, Religion and Nationalism, Islam in Southeast Asia, Women and Islam in the Philippines.
  • Title of Master’s Thesis: “Moro in Mindanao: Nationhood and Resistance.”

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Diamante Waters
PhD Program
  • BA, Philosophy, University of Illinois-Chicago, 2010.
  • MA, Religious Studies, University of Missouri-Columbia, 2012.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: Japanese Religion and Deities, Honji-Suijaku, Soteriology, Theodicy.

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Kevin A. Whitesides
PhD Program TA
  • BA, Religious Studies, Humboldt State University, 2010.
  • MSc, Religious Studies, University of Edinburgh, 2012.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: Contemporary Religion, Countercultures, “New Age,” Cultural Transmission, Cognitive Science of Religion.

HSSB 3055

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Matthew Wilson
PhD Program
  • BA, Religious Studies, Carroll College, 2003.
  • MA, Islamic Societies and Cultures, The School of Oriental and African Studies (London), 2008.
  • MA, Anthropology and Sociology of Religion, University of Chicago, 2011.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: Anthropology of Religion, Islam and/in Europe, Methods for Studying Religion, Classical Arabic Philosophy.

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Stephanie Wright
MA/PhD Program TA
  • PhB, History and Philosophy, Australian National University, 2013.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: Islam and Law; Islamic Studies; Politics of Representation; Gender, Religion and Politics.

HSSB 3043