William Chavez is a PhD candidate interested in ritual and spatial practice. While his master’s thesis is a cross-cultural survey, his dissertation will focus on the contemporary practice of exorcism in the United States.
MA, Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2018.
BA, Religion, University of Rochester, 2013.
Honors Thesis: “KOSMIC KOMBAT! The Myths and Practices of Vigilante Exorcism in Contemporary American Culture”
BS, Mathematics, University of Rochester, 2013.
Open-Access Review Essays
Book Review: Sociology of Exorcism in Late Modernity, by Giuseppe Giordan and Adam Possamai (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018). Reading Religion, http://readingreligion.org/books/sociology-exorcism-late-modernity (September 19, 2018).
Interview Response: “Teaching Religion: A Response to Douglas Brooks.” The Religious Studies Project, https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/2017/05/05/teaching-religion-a-response-to-douglas-brooks/ (May 5, 2017).
RS 12: Religious Approaches to Death (Teaching Associate)
RS 113: Religion and Film (Teaching Associate)
RS 6: Islam and Modernity (Teaching Associate)
RS 12: Religious Approaches to Death (Teaching Assistant)
RS 62: Dark Goddesses / Black Madonnas (Teaching Assistant)
ASAM 71: Intro. to Asian American Religions (Teaching Assistant)
MES 45: Intro. to Middle East Studies (Teaching Assistant)
RS 21: Zen Buddhism (Teaching Assistant)
RS 80B: Religion & Western Civilization II: Medieval (Teaching Assistant)
RS 1: Intro. to the Study of Religion (Teaching Assistant)
RS 20 / RS 162E: Indian Civilizations (Teaching Assistant)
RS 113: Religion and Film (Reader)
RS 155: Religion and the Impact of Vietnam (Reader)
RS 193B: Religion and Healing in a Comparative Perspective (Reader)
RS 116A: The New Testament and Early Christianity (Reader)