Graduate Students

Graduate students


Shaheer Afaqi

Shaheer Afaqi

Graduate Student

  • mafaqi@indiana.edu

Office Hours
Thursday: 6:30pm - 8:30pm (online)

Research Interests
medieval Muslim thought; religion and the senses; Muslim identity in modern South Asia and America; Muslim-Christian comparative theology

Sabina Ali

Sabina Ali

Graduate Student

  • alisab@iu.edu

Research Interests
religion, race, and power; contemporary formations and boundary negotiations of Jewish identities​; religious histories in the Americas

Samuel Allen

Samuel Allen

Graduate Student

  • allesa@iu.edu
  • Sycamore Hall 005

Office Hours
Thursday: 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Research Interests
religions of the Mediterranean in late antiquity; the Platonic tradition; political theology; social and political philosophy

Morgan Barbre

Morgan Barbre

Graduate Student

  • mebarbre@iu.edu
  • Sycamore Hall 007

Office Hours
Thursday: 10:00am - 11am or by appointment

Research Interests
domesticity and homemaking; religion in the Americas; cultures of pregnancy and birth; critical theories 

Jacob Boss

Jacob Boss

Graduate Student

  • jaboss@indiana.edu

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

Jason Browning

Jason Browning

Graduate Student

  • jb15@iu.edu

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

Allison Darmody

Allison Darmody

Graduate Student

  • adarmody@indiana.edu

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

Joseph Decker

Joseph Decker

Graduate Student

  • josdecke@iu.edu

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

Rowena Galavitz

Rowena Galavitz

Graduate Student

  • rgalavit@indiana.edu

Office Hours
Wednesday: 3:00-4:00 pm (online) 

Research Interests
convent writers in the early modern Spanish-speaking world; sixteenth- and seventeenth-century religion and literature in Europe and the Americas; mysticism, sainthood; gender and sexuality; textuality; translation theory and practice

Blake Garland-Tirado

Blake Garland-Tirado

Graduate Student

  • blagarla@iu.edu
  • Sycamore Hall 0020

Office Hours
Wednesday: 11:00am - 12:30pm

Research Interests
gender and sexual identity in black religious environments

David Garner

David Garner

Graduate Student

  • dgarner6@iu.edu
  • Sycamore Hall 0020

Office Hours
Wednesday: 10:00am - 11:00am or by appointment

Research Interests
20th-century American, Jewish, and Holocaust literatures, specifically examining the precise relationship between modern literature and politics and rethinking that relationship in terms of the Ancient Hebrew Prophets

Hannah Garvey

Hannah Garvey

Graduate Student

  • hcgarvey@indiana.edu
  • Sycamore Hall 007

Office Hours
Thursday: 2:00pm - 4:00pm (8W1 online; 8W2 in SY007)

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

Prakriti Goswami

Prakriti Goswami

Graduate Student

  • prgoswam@iu.edu
  • Sycamore Hall 0027

Office Hours
Tuesday: 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Research Interests
Hindu devotional traditions, sanskrit commentaries of the Bhagavata, music and worship in Hinduism, living religions of India

Matt Graham

Matt Graham

Graduate Student

  • mattgrah@indiana.edu

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

Brian Hillman

Brian Hillman

Graduate Student

  • bghillma@iu.edu

Research Interests
modern Jewish thought; Jewish mysticism

Nai-Yi Hsu

Nai-Yi Hsu

Graduate Student

  • naiyhsu@umail.iu.edu

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

Steve Kaplin

Steve Kaplin

Graduate Student

  • skaplin@iu.edu
  • Sycamore Hall 0027

Office Hours
Wednesday: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm (online)

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
Tuesday: 12:00pm - 1:30pm

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

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

Abby Kulisz

Abby Kulisz

Graduate Student

  • alkulisz@iu.edu

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

Amber Louisa Lowe

Amber Louisa Lowe

Graduate Student

  • ambelowe@iu.edu
  • Sycamore Hall 0027

Office Hours
Thursday: 3:00pm - 4:30pm

Research Interests
Afrofuturism, Black Speculative Fiction, Phenomenology of Religion, Womanist Theology, and Myth

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 and Thursday: 10:00am - 11:30am

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

Erin Parks

Erin Parks

Graduate Student

  • emparks@iu.edu
  • Sycamore Hall 007

Office Hours
Tuesday: 1pm-2pm and by appointment

Research Interests
personal narrative in uncertainty, mysticism, Protestant Reformation, female mystics, the feminine

Moriah Reichert

Moriah Reichert

Graduate Student

  • moreich@iu.edu
  • Sycamore Hall 0020

Office Hours
Tuesday & Thursday: 9:30am - 10:30am

Research Interests
religion and the body, religion, textuality, and cultural imagination, contemporary theology

Nicolò Sassi

Nicolò Sassi

Graduate Student

  • nsassi@iu.edu

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

Sean Sidky

Sean Sidky

Graduate Student

  • ssidky@iu.edu

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

Maggie Slaughter

Maggie Slaughter

Graduate Student

  • mgslaugh@iu.edu

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

Jason Smith

Jason Smith

Graduate Student

  • js156@iu.edu
  • Sycamore Hall 0020

Office Hours
Monday: 2:45pm - 4:45pm

Research Interests
Medieval-Early Modern Japanese Buddhism; Conceptual metaphors; Literary tropes; Sengoku-Tokugawa transition; Neo-Confucianism, Zen, Pure Land, and Shintō; Japanese warriors

Dale Spicer

Dale Spicer

Graduate Student

  • daespice@iu.edu

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@iu.edu

Research Interests
religion and urbanity; moral and occult economies; visual and material culture; popular, lived, and implicit religion; contemporary Ghana

Josie Wenig

Josie Wenig

Graduate Student

  • jwenig@indiana.edu
  • Sycamore Hall 005

Office Hours
Tuesday: 1:00pm - 3:00 pm

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

Alina Williams

Alina Williams

Graduate Student

  • williali@indiana.edu
  • Sycamore Hall 005

Office Hours
Thursday: 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Research Interests
anthropology of religion, lived Catholicisms, Christianity in Eastern Europe, and modern Hungary

Yuyuan Zhang

Yuyuan Zhang

Graduate Student

  • zhanyuyu@iu.edu
  • Sycamore Hall 005

Office Hours
Thursday: 2:30pm - 4:00pm

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