Aaron Modlenhauer (Ph.D. '19) has successfully defended his dissertation Luther's Doctrine of Christ: Language, Metaphysics, Logic.
Congratulations to Nisheeta Jagtiani, who has received a GRG from the Graduate School to work on her research!
Benjamin Riccardi (Ph.D. '19) has successfully defended his dissertation The Weekday Amidah as a Performative Anti-Theodicy.
Congratulations to Courtney Rabada, who has accepted a Graduate Assistantship position in the Gender & Sexuality Studies Program for the 2019-20 school year! She will be teaching a course in the Fall titled, “Powerful & Dangerous: The Life, Times and Theory on Audre Lorde.”
Stephanie Brenzel (Ph.D. '19) has successfully defended her dissertation As Strong as Death: Franz Rosenzweig’s Philosophy of Love in The Star of Redemption.
Congratulations to Matthew Smith, who has won the 2019-2020 Louisville Institution Dissertation Fellowship!
Congratulations to Stephanie Brenzel, who has accepted the position of the Igor Kaplan Post-Doctoral Fellow in Christain-Jewish Relations at the Toronto School of Theology in Toronto, Canada.
Joel Harrison (Ph.D. '19) has successfully defended his dissertation Between Normativity and History: Ernst Troeltsch's Mystic Type and the Creative Possibility of Values.
Congratulations to Miranda Smith who has been elected as a Fulbright scholar for 2019-20. Miranda's research project will focus on how Tibetan laywomen use evocative literary forms to discuss religion and evoke religious affect. Through research in Qinghai, China from 2019-2020, she will also examine how Tibetan poet Wo Jik Jil, and the Tibetan women poets in the region, elicit religious emotion through creative adaptation of a variety of poetic and song traditions.
William Caldwell (Ph.D. '18) successfully defended his dissertation, The Fugitive Islamicate: African Muslims and Black Radicalism across the Atlantic (1492-1925).
Sarah Wolf (Ph.D. '18) successfully defended her dissertation, The Rabbinic Legal Imagination: Narrativity and Scholasticism in the Babylonian Talmud.
Hannah Tebbetts (Ph.D. '18) successfully defended her dissertation, Practicing Atheism: Culture, Media, and Ritual in the Contemporary Atheist Network.
Aaron Moldenhauer, a doctoral candidate in Religious Studies, has accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Theology at Concordia University in Wisconsin!
Congratulations to James Hill! He has been selected as a Social Science Research Council Dissertation Proposal Development Program Participant for 2018-2019. See more about the program here: SSRC Dissertation Proposal Development Program
Marlon Millner, a doctoral candidate in Religious Studies, had an OpEd piece published in the daily newspaper in Memphis, TN about a large Pentecostal Christian denomination and its connection to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Myev Rees (Ph.D. '18) successfully defended her dissertation, Martyr Mothers, Angel Babies: Conservative Christian Pronatalism in the Media Age.
Jennifer Callaghan (Ph.D. '17) successfully defended her dissertation, Mass Public: God's Word, the People's Language, and U.S. Catholic Liturgical Reform (1940-1974).
Stephanie Brehm (Ph.D. '17) successfully defended her dissertation, America’s Most Famous Catholic: Religion, Authority, Infotainment, and Persona in the Works of Stephen Colbert.
Candace Kohli (Ph.D. '17) successfully defended her dissertation, Help for Moral Good: The Soul, the Spirit, and the Law in Martin Luther's Antinomian Disputations (1537-40).
Lynn Hillberg Jencks ((Ph.D. ’16) successfully defended her dissertation, 'Bendecidos, Encendidos, y En Victoria': Transformative Theology Strategies amongst Latina/o Immigrant Charismatic Catholics in the United States.
Ariel Schwartz (Ph.D. ’16) successfully defended her dissertation, In the Wake of Hate: Rebuilding Religion, Place, and Community in Sacramento and Joplin.
Matthew Ryan Robinson (Ph.D. '15) successfully defended his dissertation Redeeming Relationship, Relationship that Redeems: Free Sociability and the Completion of Humanity in the Thought of Friedrich Schleiermacher. He is currently a post-doctoral research associate in the faculty of Protestant Theology at the Rheinische Friedrich Wilhelms Universität Bonn, Germany"
Brian Clites (Ph.D. ’15) successfully defended his dissertation, “Breaking of Silence: The Catholic Sexual Abuse Survivor Movement in Chicago”.
Vanessa Crosby (Ph.D. ’15) successfully defended her dissertation, “Death od Merchant: Trade and Commemoration in Late Medieval England, 1350 -1520”.
Kate Dugan (Ph.D. ’15) successfully defended her dissertation “Catholicism Remixed: Catholic Prayer and the Making of Millennial Catholic Subjectivity”.
Joshua Feigelson (Ph.D. ’15) successfully defended his dissertation “Relationship, Power, and Holy Secularity: Rabbi Yitz Greenberg and American Jewish Life, 1966-1983”.
Alyssa Henning (Ph.D. ’15) successfully defended her dissertation “Experiments in Judaism: Jewish Sources, Ethics, and Research with Human Subjects”.
Joseph Moser (Ph.D. ’15) successfully defended his dissertation “Impossible Forgiveness: Levinas and Rwanda in Dialogue”.
Stephanie Wolfe (Ph.D. ’15) successfully defended her dissertation “Urban Renewal: The Evangelical Encounter with Race, Poverty and Inequality in Chicago, 1968-Present”.