Category: News

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 […]

GDRS Alum Maria Smilios Signs Onto Oprah Winfrey’s New Book Imprint

MA graduate, Maria Smilios’ “The Black Angels: The Untold Story of the Nurses Who Helped Cure Tuberculosis“, was personally chosen by Oprah Winfrey for her new book imprint, “An Oprah Book.” Scheduled for a 2018 release, Smilios’ book tells of 300 black nurses who helped prevent a public health crisis. Congratulations to Maria for her inspiring achievement. Keep making […]

Brandon Simonson and Zoe Kelly-Nacht 2016 Award Winners!

The GDRS is proud to announce that PhD students, Brandon Simonson and Zoe Kelly-Nacht, were among the recipients of the the annual awards administered by the Boston University Center for the Humanities.  Brandon is a 7th year student in Track 1: Texts and Traditions, working towards a PMPhD- Hebrew Bible Degree, while Zoe is a 6th year […]

Onaje X Woodbine named to longlist for PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing

GDRS Alum (PhD 2014) Onaje Woodbine, whose post-graduate theater production and op-ed writing we have previously featured on our site, has been named to the longlist ( for the PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing for a book he wrote based on his PhD Dissertation in the GDRS. Black Gods of the Asphalt: Religion Hip-Hop, and […]

Eva Pascal Received Two Awards This Academic Year!

GDRS PhD student, Eva Pascal, was among the recipients of the the annual awards administered by the Boston University Center for the Humanities.  Eva’s research interests include the history of Christianity in Asia and encounters with other religious traditions, especially Buddhism. She is particularly interested in Christian-Buddhist historical interaction and exchange in Southeast Asia. Her […]

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, Doctrates of Philosophy were awarded to Mireille Bishay, Nick DiDonato, Ada Focer, Marthe […]

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 […]