Graduate Students

Graduate students


Shaheer Afaqi

Shaheer Afaqi

Graduate Student

  • mafaqi@indiana.edu
  • Sycamore Hall 0027

Office Hours
Tuesday: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Research Interests
early and classical Islamic thought; secular studies; modern hermeneutics, law and religion; socio-legal studies

Brian Alt

Brian Alt

Graduate Student

  • bpalt@indiana.edu

Research Interests
early Christianities; Neoplatonism; Greco-Egyptian religion and magic; ritual studies

Joe Bartzel

Joe Bartzel

Graduate Student

  • jomabart@indiana.edu
  • Sycamore Hall 222

Research Interests
African American religion and social change; religion and political radicalism; historiography of early Christianity; religion and art

Jacob Boss

Jacob Boss

Graduate Student

  • jaboss@indiana.edu
  • Sycamore Hall 0020

Office Hours
Monday: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Research Interests
religion, science, and technology; Asian religions; critical theory

Jakob Breunig

Jakob Breunig

Graduate Student

  • jzbreuni@iu.edu

Research Interests
Judaism in America; religion and film; gender, sexuality, and religion

Jason Browning

Jason Browning

Graduate Student

Research Interests
transmission of Buddhism in Central Asia from antiquity into the medieval period, to include its encounter with Islam, Zoroastrianism, Manichaeism and Christianity

Joseph Decker

Joseph Decker

Graduate Student

Research Interests
Buddhist studies; Japanese Buddhism; religious pilgrimage; Japanese literature, ethnography, religious texts, art, and material culture

Allison Dharmody

Allison Dharmody

Graduate Student

  • adarmody@indiana.edu
  • Sycamore Hall 0020

Office Hours
Wednesday: 11:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Research Interests
Japanese Buddhism; Japanese religions; material culture; ethnography; gender; youth subcultures; religion and/as tourism; fashion; and popular culture

Kristin Francoeur

Kristin Francoeur

Graduate Student

  • kfrancoe@indiana.edu

Research Interests
contemporary Hinduism and Islam in South Asia; feminist critical theory; LGBTQIA+ advocacy and queer religious formations; relationships of religions and secularisms with contemporary Indian civil society; transnational feminism(s) and post-nationalisms; sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR); NGOs and discourses of development, empowerment, and gender mainstreaming

Rowena Galavitz

Rowena Galavitz

Graduate Student

  • rgalavit@umail.iu.edu

Research Interests
convent writing; mystical literature; sainthood, gender, and sexuality in late medieval Europe; early modern Spain; and colonial Latin America

Hannah Garvey

Hannah Garvey

Graduate Student

  • hcgarvey@indiana.edu
  • Sycamore Hall 0020

Office Hours
Tuesday: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Research Interests
religion, textuality, and cultural imagination; literature; racial identities and constructions of race; American religious histories

Allison Graham

Allison Graham

Graduate Student

  • alligrah@iu.edu
  • Sycamore Hall 007

Office Hours
Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Research Interests
Russian Orthodox literature and culture during the Silver Age

Matt Graham

Matt Graham

Graduate Student

  • mattgrah@indiana.edu

Research Interests
Hermeneutics; concord and discord between theology and religious studies; method in religious studies

Ahmed Hassan

Ahmed Hassan

Graduate Student

Research Interests
medieval reception to classical writings by Islamic scholars

Brian Hillman

Brian Hillman

Graduate Student

  • bghillma@iu.edu
  • Sycamore Hall 005

Office Hours
Tuesday: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Research Interests
modern Jewish thought; Jewish mysticism

Nai-Yi Hsu

Nai-Yi Hsu

Graduate Student

  • naiyhsu@umail.iu.edu
  • Sycamore Hall 0027

Office Hours
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 1:10 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Research Interests
early Chinese thought; ritual theories; virtue ethics; comparative religious ethics; and aesthetics

Steve Kaplin

Steve Kaplin

Graduate Student

  • skaplin@iu.edu

Research Interests
Jewish studies; American Judaism; Jewish spirituality and mysticism; Hasidism and neo-Hasidism; Jewish feminism; Jewish thought and theology

Maidah Khalid

Maidah Khalid

Graduate Student

  • maikhal@iu.edu
  • Sycamore Hall 0020

Office Hours
Thursday: 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Research Interests
Islamic intellectual history; Islamic law and theology; medieval Islamicate historiography; Islam in South Asia

Mihee Kim-Kort

Mihee Kim-Kort

Graduate Student

  • rkimkort@iu.edu
  • Sycamore Hall 0020

Office Hours
Monday: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Wednesday: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Research Interests
religion in the Americas; evangelical Protestantism; race and embodiment; queer theory

Abby Kulisz

Abby Kulisz

Graduate Student

  • alkulisz@umail.iu.edu
  • Sycamore Hall 007

Office Hours
Monday: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Research Interests
late antiquity; Arabic Christianity; early Islam; literary and affect theory

Daniel Layton

Daniel Layton

Graduate Student

  • maikhal@iu.edu

Office Hours
Wednesday: 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Research Interests
secular Buddhism; Religion and modernity; Buddhism in the West; Japanese Buddhism; Zen; Buddhist philosophy

Jessica Merritt

Jessica Merritt

Graduate Student

  • jessmerr@iu.edu

Research Interests
comparative Indian philosophy; Bhakti movements; Sanskrit literature; commentarial traditions

Gheorghe Pacurar

Gheorghe Pacurar

Graduate Student

  • gpacurar@iu.edu
  • Sycamore Hall 0027

Office Hours
Tuesday: 1:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Research Interests
relations between eastern Christianity and evangelical Protestantism; church-state relations; social representations of religious minorities

Tola Rodrick

Tola Rodrick

Graduate Student

  • krodrick@indiana.edu
  • Sycamore Hall 007

Research Interests
Egyptian monasticism; Coptic language and literature; late ancient religious and philosophical traditions

Nicolò Sassi

Nicolò Sassi

Graduate Student

  • nsassi@iu.edu
  • Sycamore Hall 005

Office Hours
Tuesday: 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Research Interests
Eastern Christianities; oriental patristics; textual transmission; Silk Road

Sean Sidky

Sean Sidky

Graduate Student

Research Interests
American Judaism and American Jewish literature; Yiddish; poetics; responses to catastrophe and trauma; the Holocaust

Maggie Slaughter

Maggie Slaughter

Graduate Student

  • mgslaugh@umail.iu.edu
  • Sycamore Hall 0027

Research Interests
religion and visual / material culture; early modern / late medieval Europe; cultures of death and the body; Catholicism; Judaism

Jonathan Sparks-Franklin

Jonathan Sparks-Franklin

Graduate Student

  • jsparksf@indiana.edu

Research Interests
religion and critical animal studies; continental philosophy of religion; posthumanism and subjectivity; religion and science

Dale Spicer

Dale Spicer

Graduate Student

  • daespice@iu.edu
  • Sycamore Hall 0027

Office Hours
Tuesday and Thursday: 1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Research Interests
Classical Arabic biography; Al-Jahiz and Mu’tazili theology; religion and the body; early Muslim asceticism

Emily Stratton

Emily Stratton

Graduate Student

  • strattoe@umail.iu.edu

Research Interests
contemporary African Christianities; religion and the economy; religion in the public spheres

Taylor Thomas

Taylor Thomas

Graduate Student

  • thomta@iu.edu
  • Sycamore Hall 005

Office Hours
Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Research Interests
religion, textuality, and cultural imagination; Kantian critique in late 19th/early 20th century Russia; religion and modernity; Jewish-Russian intellectual history

Josie Wenig

Josie Wenig

Graduate Student

  • jwenig@indiana.edu
  • Sycamore Hall 005

Office Hours
Monday: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Research Interests
late ancient Christianity; intellectual history; transgender hermeneutics, theory, and visual cultures

Meng Zhang

Meng Zhang

Graduate Student

  • zhang319@indiana.edu

Research Interests
comparative religious ethics; Confucianism; virtue ethics; Hume; moral sentimentalism; early Chinese thought

Yuyuan Zhang

Yuyuan Zhang

Graduate Student

Research Interests
comparative religious ethics; Confucianism and Neo-Confucianism; early modern French philosophy; Voltaire, Jesuit missionaries; human nature