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 […]

GDRS and BTI Students are Briefed on How to Successfully Craft an AAR Proposal

GDRS faculty member and resident AAR expert Prof. Kecia Ali held a workshop this past Wednesday for students interested in submitting a paper proposal for this year’s American Academy Religion annual conference. Students from BU’s Graduate Division of Religious Studies and School of Theology as well as Boston College’s School of Theology were briefed on […]