Category: News

GDRS Student Jenn Lindsay Video News Feature Published By The Religion News Service

Congratulations to our very own Jenn Lindsay! You make us proud! Jenn is a PhD candidate in Religion & Society and a documentary film-maker.  Jenn’s dissertation research is based in Rome where she researches interfaith dialogue–the network of organizations facilitating it, the motivations and beliefs of people who practice it, and the many forms and outcomes […]

GDRS Hooding Ceremony Reception Photos, 2017

 May 2017, the Graduate Division of Religious Studies held its annual graduation celebration, shortly before the graduate school’s PhD 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 Cherita Cloy, […]

GDRS Alum Matthew Pierce Wins Prestigious International Book Honor

Matthew Pierce, Assistant Professor of Religion at Centre College, Danville, KY, was recently honored with the Iran World Award for Book of the Year for “Twelve Infallible Men: The Imams and the Making of Shi’ism,” published in 2016 by Harvard University Press. More than 2,500 books in the areas of Islamic and Iranian studies were considered, […]

GDRS Student Lauren Kerby Wins Writing Program Outstanding Teaching Fellow Award

Congratulations to GDRS student Lauren Kerby on winning the Writing Program Award for the Academic Year 2016-2017! Writing Program students praised Lauren’s dedication, expertise, accessibility, and, most importantly, for how much taking her class has helped them with their writing. Lauren’s student evaluations have been consistently superb, with recent semester averages of 4.8 in both Overall Course Ratings […]

American Academy of Arts & Sciences Elects GDRS Professor Dana Robert

GDRS Core Faculty member Dana L. Robert, Truman Collins Professor of World Christianity and History of Mission at Boston University, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences (AAAS). Professor Robert joins the academy’s class of 2017, whose 228 members are among the world’s most accomplished scholars, scientists, writers, artists, and civic and philanthropic […]

GDRS Students Win Annual BUCH Awards

The GDRS is proud to announce that PhD students, Tazeen M. Ali, Andrew Mark Henry, Jenn Lindsay, and Chaim ‘Elly’ Moseson were among the recipients of the annual awards administered by the Boston University Center for the Humanities. Congratulations to Tazeen, Andrew, Jenn, and Elly on the well-deserved recognition of your academic achievement! You make us proud!

Scott Possiel Chosen as GDRS Outstanding Teaching Fellow for 2016-2017

Congratulations to GDRS student Scott Possiel on being chosen the Outstanding Teaching Fellow for the Academic Year 2016-2017! Scott’s performance as a Teaching Fellow was exceptional. With his noteworthy dedication and contribution to our teaching mission, we couldn’t be more proud and confident of the work he is doing. Great job!

Professor David Decosimo Publishes Op-ed “Trump Could Learn a Thing or Two About Freedom and Democracy from Islam” in the Washington Post

March 8th, 2017 GDRS Professor David Decosimo’s op-ed, “Trump could learn a thing or two about freedom and democracy from Islam”, is the featured piece for the Washington Post’s op-ed section.  The op-ed responds to President Trump’s “new” executive order banning Muslims all over again and to his idea that Islam hates freedom. It is […]

Joint Statement by Scholars of Religion at Boston University

We condemn the recent executive order of the Trump administration restricting entry to the United States from seven Muslim-majority countries. We are grateful to BU President Bob Brown for stating clearly that this order is “fundamentally inconsistent with the values that are the bedrock of Boston University and, indeed, of our pluralistic, welcoming society.” As […]

GDRS Student, Rebecca Esterson, Accepts Position as Assistant Professor of Sacred Texts and Traditions, at the Center for Swedenborgian Studies, at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley

Congratulations to Rebecca Esterson on a job well-done! Less than six years after entering the program, Rebecca Esterson is graduating this winter with a PhD – Bible and Biblical Interpretation degree, in our Texts & Traditions track. She has showcased her immense capabilities and dedication year in and year out, making her hire a well-earned reward for all […]