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  • Congratulations to our 2019 Graduates! We are proud of their hard work and contributions to IU Religious Studies and wish them well wherever their life leads them from here. Special recognition goes out to Aziza Shanazarova who is receiving her Ph.D. and our two new Masters of Arts, Justin Brown and Josie Wenig.
  • Please join us in congratulating Abby Kulisz and Gheorghe Pacurar, who have passed the milestone of qualifying exams! And to Emily Stratton who passed her Dissertation Prospectus Defense!
  • Congratulations to Religious Studies major, Ben Haddon, who was recently inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.
  • Nicolò Sassi’s article entitled “Intertextuality, Isiac Features, and the Shaping of the Sacred Feminine in Trimorphic Protennoia” just been accepted in Studia Orientalia Electronica.
  • Maggie Slaughter has received an International Enhancement Grant from IU to support internationally focused graduate activities. She will be using this award to attend the Galway Archaeological Field School for a summer program on medieval architecture in the Republic of Ireland.
  • See our Fall 2019 Course Book. Explore the world: Study Religion.
  • Congratulations to IU Religious Studies alumna (2015), Sarah Dees, will be joining the faculty of Iowa State University as a tenure track Assistant Professor of American Religions with a specialization in Indigenous religions. Most recently, Sarah was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Religion, Politics and Global Affairs and visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Northwestern.
  • Congratulations to graduate student, Aziza Shanazarova, who received a Visiting Research Fellowship at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies to conduct research on her first book project “Female Religiosity and Gender History in Early Modern Central Asia.” She also received a UCIS/REEES Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities from the University of Pittsburgh so will have a joint appointment with the Department of Religious Studies and the Department of History.
  • Religious Studies graduate student, Emily Stratton, has been awarded a Grant-in-Aid of Doctoral Research Award for her research in Accra, Ghana that focuses on the lives of young un- and under-employed men.
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