PhD Dissertations by GDRS (DRTS) Alums

(updated 8/31/2015)

2015

“The Priority of Form in Carl Schmitt’s Early Theological Perspective” by Theresa Cooney.

“Sacral Socio-Ecological Labor: Theories of Catholic Social Thought and Engaged Buddhism in Complementary Practice” by Hyungkyu Lee.

“Inheritance and Legacy: A Phenomenological Exploration” by Giacomo Leoni.

“Habits of the Hearth: Parenting, Religion and the Good Life in America” by Kevin Taylor.

“Paul’s Therapy of the Soul: A New Approach to John Chrysostom and Anti-Judaism” by Courtney Wilson Van Veller.

2014

“‘An Army of Such Ladies': Mary Magdalene in the Era of Reformation” by Margaret Arnold.

“Theology, Tragedy, and Suffering in Nature: Toward a Realist Doctrine of Creation” by Joel Daniels.

“Hinduism and Attitudes Towards Unwanted Sexual Contact: An Exploratory Study of Second Generation South Asian American Hindus” by Anjuli Harvey.

“Enzinas to Valera: Motives, Methods, and Sources in Sixteenth-Century Spanish Bible Translation” by Peter W. Hasbrouck.

“Radical Food: Religion, Class and Alimentary Utopianism in the Nation of Islam, the Catholic Worker Movement, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1930-1970)” by Kathleen Holbrook.

“Beyond the Dichotomy of Faith and Reason: German Idealism, Philosophy of Religion, and the Modern Idea of a University” by David Larson.

“Kabbalah and Neo-Confuciansim in a Comparative Perspective” by Yair Lior.

“Desecrated Covenant, Deprived Burial: Threats of Non-Burial in the Hebrew Bible” by Frances Dora Mansen.

“Reason Turned into Sense: John Smith on Spiritual Sensation” by Derek Anthony Michaud.

“Muqatil Ibn Sulayman: A Neglected Figure in the Early History of Qur’anic Commentary” by Achmad Tohe.

“The Power of Social Practice: African American Street Basketball and Embodied Spirit” by Onaje X. Offley Woodbine.

2013

“Making Ethics ‘First Philosophy': Ethics and Suffering in the Work of Emmanuel Levinas, Elie Wiesel and Richard Rubenstein” by Ingrid Anderson.

“The Elijah-Elisha Cycle of Stories: A Ring Composition” by Michelle L. Bellamy.

“Remembering the Infallible Imams: Narrative and Memory in Medieval Twelver Shi’ism” by Matthew O. Pierce.

“Religion, Book Groups and the Social Inflection of Reading” by Emily Ronald.

“Love Sex, and Marriage in the Global Mission of Walter and Ingrid Trobisch” by Anneke Stasson.

“Alternatives to Monism and Dualsim: Seeking Yang Substance with Yin Function in Heshanggong’s Commentary on the Daodejing” by Misha Andrew Tadd.

“Pious Designs: Theological Aesthetics in the Writings of George Herbert and the Ferrars of Little Gidding” by Regina L. Walton.

2012

“The Moderating Role of Religious Coping in the Relationship Between Perceived Racial Discrimination and Mental Health- Depression- of Korean American Christians” by Yoo-Yun Cho-Chang.

“Distinguishing Mystical Religious Experience From Psychotic Experience in the Presbyterian Church (USA)” by Susan L. DeHoff.

“The Conceptualization of Religion in a Purposely Selected Sample of Female to Male transsexuals: An Exploratory Study Using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis” by Ruben Hopwood.

“The Superhero Afterlife Subgenre And Its Hermeneutics For Selfhood Through Character Multiplicity” by Aaron David Lewis.

“The Crossroads of Earth and Heaven: Methodism’s Malaysia Mission and the Making of the Global World, 1885-1915″ by David William Scott.

“‘Root Hog or Die:’ William Taylor, Entrepreneurial self-sufficiency, and the Global Spread of an American Frontier Christianity” by Douglas Tzan.

2011

“A Semiotic and Emergent Theory of Religious Communities” by Paul Cassell.

“John E. Smith as Pragmatic Philosophical Theologian” by Charles Demm.

“Spiritual Growth and Decline after Trauma: the Mediating Role of Benevolence Beliefs” by Cecile Gunn Desmond.

“Reviling and Revering The Mormons: Defining American Values, 1890-2008″ by Christine Hutchison-Jones.

“Dialectical Harmony of Self and Other: Implications of Philosophical and Religious Anthropology for Social Justice and Fundamental Ethics” by Hee Kyung Kim.

“The Church and the Seer: Veronica Lueken, the Bayside Movement, and the Roman Catholic Hierarchy” by Joseph Peter Laycock.

“Do Religious Conservatives and Religious Liberals Think Differently? An Exploration of Differences in Cognitive and Personality Styles” by Aimee Self Radom.

“‘Go To Joseph; What He Says To You, Do.'; Interpreting Joseph’s Authority Through The Lens of Direct Speech” by Rebecca Rhee.

2010

“Romantic Investiture: Formations of the Secular in British Romanticism” by Sean A. Dempsey.

“Culture War Christian Characters: Visions of Fundamentalism in Contemporary Hollywood Cinema” by William P. Dodd.

“Sacramental Materialism: Don DeLillo’s Catholic Cultural Heritage” by Sara J. Hart.

“Hiddenness of God’s Action in History: A Theology of Providence Inspired by Karl Barth” by Han Kyung Kim.

“Identity Matters: Bosnian Identity Maintenance in a Post-Migration Setting” by Kristen Lucken.

“The Rorschach Perceptual-Thinking Index in a Seminar of Greek Orthodox Seminarians” by Cristian Onofrei.

“The Quest for a New Reformation: Re-Making of Religious Perceptions in the Early History of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions to the Ottoman Near East, 1820-1870” by Bilal Ozaslan.

“A Defense of Naturalism Against Alvin Plantinga’s Evolutionary Argument Against Naturalism” by Richard Peters.

“Levinas and Time” by Eric Severson.

“Evangelical Fruits and Confucian Roots: Ethnicity and Religous Identity in Korean American Congregations” by Peter June-Young Sun.

2009

“Religion and the American Industrial City: Protestant Culture and Social Transformation in Lowell, Massachusetts, 1824-1890” by Eric Baldwin.

“Paul’s Use of Part-Whole Rhetoric of To Sympheron in 1 Corinthians” by Kei Eun Chang.

“Mindfulness, Compassion, and the Nature of Self: A study of Vipassana Meditation in Context” by Frank Dibert.

“Reasoning with Revelation: The Significance of the Qur’anic Contextualization of Philosophy in Al-Ghazali’s Mishkat Al-Anwar (The Niche of Lights)” by Scott Michael Girdner.

“The Virtue of Humble Authority in Saint Thomas Aquinas and Master Zhu Xi” by Catherine A. Hudak Klancer.

“From Method to Practice: A Critique of Two Models for Relating Science and Religion” by Josh Andrew Reeves.

2008

Fideism and Wittgenstein’s Ethic of Perspicuity” by Thomas Donald Carroll.

“Hegel, History, and Evil: Towards Finite Theodices” by Eric M. Dale.

“The Future of Inquiry: Charles Peirce, Naturalism, and the Symbols of the Christian Eschaton” by Brandon C. Daniel-Hughes.

“Beyond the Fringe: Alternative religion and Sexuality in American Culture Since 1960” by Christine Hoff Kraemer.

“Fostering Social Support and Compassionate Love in the Greek Orthodox Church Through Small Groups” by Markos Achilles Nickolas.

“A Thousand and One Nights and the Construction of Islam in the Western Imagination” by Martyn Oliver.

“American Gnosis: The Literary Afterlife of a Heresy” by Joshua T. Pederson.

“Ye Shall Be Free From Slavery: The Concept of Freedom In Contemporary WICCA” by Robert Puckett.

2007

“The Spontaneity of Nature and Human Experience” by Nathaniel Barrett.

“The Contentious Birth of Wesleyan Methodism, 1738-1741: Gender, Charism, and Sectarian Division” by Brian C. Clark.

“Mysticism, Contextualism, and Community: A Communitarian /Pragmatic Epistemology of Mysticism” by Cecil Theodore Cole, Jr.

“Environmental Ethics Across Worldviews: A Critique of Sustainable Energy Development Indexes” by Sarah Fredericks.

“Common Grounds without Foundations: A Pragmatic Approach to Ethical Disagreements across Cultural, Philosophical, and Religious Traditions” by David Kratz Mathies.

“’Whatever’: God as Absent Presence in the Poetry of Geoffrey Hill, Derek Walcott, and Charles Wright” by Emily Taylor Merriman.

“The Transmission of Religious and Cultural Knowledge and Potentiality in Practice: An Anthropology of Social Navigation in the Kyrgyz Republic” by David William Montgomery.

“Mourning with the Earth: Heidegger’s Confrontation with Greek Tragedy” by David Nichols.

“Alberto Rembao (1895-1962): Mexican American Protestant For Internationalism and Catholic Holism” by Ruben Rivera.

“Comparing Comparisons: An Analysis and Appraisal of Methodologies of Cross-Cultural Comparison from the American Pragmatist and Process Philosophical Traditions” by Robert Smid.

2006

“Ancient Daoist Diets for Health and Longevity” by Shawn Arthur.

“Female Clergy and Attractiveness: The Impact of Social Context on Both Gender and Pastoral Identity” by Christina Belogour.

“Dante’s Virgil: A Poet’s Type of Exile” by Joy Lawrence Clark.

“Methodist Preaching in New England, c. 1790-1850: The Armenian Message on Calvinist Soil” by Jonathan D. Cooney.

“The Dialects of Tama in Japanese Religious Experiences” by Tomoko Iwasawa.

“The Use of Scripture in Nietzsche’s Zarathustra” by Laura C. Miguelez.

“Orthodoxy Beyond the Walls of the Church: A Sociological Inquiry into Orthodox Religious Experience in Contemporary Russian Society” by Inna Naletova.

“The Relation of Faith and History in Ernst Troeltsch’s Die Absolutheit des Christentums und die Religionsgeschichte and Robert Neville’s Theory of Religious Symbols: Two Methodologies for Discerning Christian Normativity” by Echol Nix, Jr.

“Transformations of Language and Religion in Rainer Maria Rilke” by Johannes Wich-Schwarz.

2005

“The Concept of Acedia-Melancholia and the Life of its Symbolic Presentiments” by Alina N. Feld.

“Divine Onomatology: Naming God in Imyaslavie, Symbolism, and Deconstruction” by Helena Gourko.

“Fragments of the Divine: A Protestant Interpretation of Creation As a Broken Symbol” by Peter Heltzel.

“The Evil of God: Post-Christian Lamentations at the End of Theodices” by Ioan Dorin Igna.

“How to Say What Can’t Be Said: Techniques and Rules of Ineffability in the Dionysian Corpus” by Timothy Knepper.

“Cultivating Perfection: Mysticism and Self-Transformation in Early Quanzhen Daoism” by Louis Andor Komjathy III.

“Biblical Fictions: Modern Short Stories That Retell Biblical Narratives” by Marwood Larson-Harris.

“The Virtue of Devils: Vladimir Nabokov’s Phenomenology of the Demonic” by Christopher A. Link.

“Rivers of Ecstasy: Henry Miller’s Affair with religion” by Thomas Nesbit.

“Therapeutic Pieties: Sentimental Prescriptions for Surviving Loss in Mid-Nineteenth Century America” by Marjorie Purnine.

“The Book of Lamentations and the Social World of Judah in the Neo-Babylonian Era” by Lauress Wilkins.