Category: Alumni News

GDRS Hooding Ceremony Reception Photos, Commencement 2016

In May 2016 the Graduate Division of Religious Studies held its annual graduation celebration with the Hooding Ceremony Reception and Commencement. Friends, family, students, faculty and staff gathered to toast the achievements of the new PhD and MA graduates in Religious Studies. This year, Doctorates of Philosophy were awarded to Mireille Bishay, Ada Focer, Marthe Hesselmans, Hyungkyu […]

GDRS Alum Calls for a Rethinking of Collegiate Sports Culture

GDRS Alum Onaje Woodbine (PhD 2014) has pursued an extremely unique line of academic inquiry, both as a GDRS student and since his graduation. His dissertation, titled “The Power of Social Practice: African American Street Basketball and Embodied Spirit” was based on narratives he collected from street basketball players. The stories he collected in his […]

Alumni Earn Tenure and Tenure-Track Positions

Alumni Joe Laycock recently began a tenure-track position as an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies in the Philosophy Department at the University of Texas, San Marcos.  UT San Marcos currently only has an option for a religious studies minor and Joe is helping to build and generate interest in a new religious studies major. Joe […]

Recent Graduate Continues her Research, Writing as part of the LDS Church History Department

After successfully defending her dissertation entitled Radical Food: Nation of Islam and Latter-day Saint Culinary Ideals (1930-1980) this spring, recent graduate Kate Holbrook has kept quite busy. Kate works as the Specialist in Women’s History for the LDS Church History Department. The department reflects the Mormon Church’s interest in history and includes two hundred employees […]

Recent Graduate turns his Dissertation into Art

Onaje X. Offley Woodbine concentrated in Religion and Psychology in the GDRS after earning a Master of Theological Studies at BU’s School of Theology. A native of the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston, he graduated from Newton South High School. Onaje spent a post-graduate year at the Lawrenceville School in New Jersey before matriculating to Yale. […]

Christine Hoff Kraemer Develops a Theology of Touch

2008 Alum Christine Hoff Kraemer has just had her new book published by Routledge press.  Titled Eros and Touch from a Pagan Perspective: Divided for Love’s Sake, it explores the sacredness of touch. Christine is a Pagan theologian who teaches for Cherry Hill Seminary and edits the Pagan channel of the religion website Patheos.com.  Christine’s […]

Alum A. David Lewis Makes a Career of Comic Books

2012 GDRS (DRTS) graduate A. David Lewis wrote his dissertation on the afterlife and notions of self-hood in superhero comics.  Since his graduation he has continued to build a career around comic books, writing and lecturing on the topic as well as serving on committees for the academic study of both comics and religion.  David […]