Faculty News


Joanne Waghorne

Announcing the publication of Place/No-Place in Urban Asian Religiosity edited by Professor Joanne Punzo Waghorne,  in ARI-Springer Asian Series. Dordrecht/Heidelberg/London/New York: Springer, 2016.

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Student Profile


Sara Ann Swenson
Sara Swenson (PhD Student), won the 2017 Theta Alpha Kappa, Albert Clark Award for best graduate paper.  Her paper, “'Friending' Buddhists in the Field: Using Social Media as an Ethnographic Method” was judged to be the best from the 22 essays submitted at the graduate level by a panel of 3 judges who teach at institutions with TAK chapters.  In addition to a cash prize, her paper will be published in one of the two issues of the Journal of Theta Alpha Kappa in 2018.  JTAK is a peer-reviewed journal indexed by ATLA. 
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Alumni Profile


Donovan Schaefer

Donovan O. Schaefer (Ph.D. 2012) will be taking up a new position as an assistant professor in the department of religious studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently a departmental lecturer in science and religion at the University of Oxford. He earned his B.A. in the interdisciplinary Religion, Literature, and the Arts program at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. His master’s and doctoral degrees are from Syracuse University. After completing his doctorate, he held a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at Haverford College. His first book, Religious Affects: Animality, Evolution, and Power  (Duke 2015) challenges the notion that religion is inextricably linked to language and belief, proposing instead that it is primarily driven by affects.

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