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2019 News


Religious Studies will be closed for Winter Recess, December 24th through January 2nd, 2020. Happy Holidays !

December 12, 2019

From Tuesday, December 24th, 2019 until Thursday, January 2nd, 2020, our campus and our offices will be closed. For support on the application and admission system (CollegeNet), please send your inquiries to



Alumnus Joel Harrison (Ph.D. '19) has accepted a position as an Associate Professor of Religion at the Northern Virginia Community College, Manassas Campus.

August 17, 2019
Congratulations Joel!

Congratulations to Aaron Moldnehauer, who has successfully defended his dissertation "Luther's Doctrine of Christ: Language, Metaphysics, Logic".

August 15, 2019


Congratulations to Nisheeta Jagtiani, who has received a GRG from the Graduate School to work on her research!

June 12, 2019


Congratulations to alumnus Michael Nichols (Ph.D. '10) who accepted a position as the Associate Director and dean of Saint Joseph's College of Marian University in Indianapolis, IN.

May 31, 2019

Alumna Myev Rees (Ph.D. '18) has accepted a tenure track job at Cypress College in California.

May 31, 2019

Alumna Hannah Tebbetts (Ph.D. '18) has accepted a position as "Lecturer in Religious Studies" at Lake Forest College for the 2019-20 school year. She will be teaching two courses: "Religion and Capitalism" and "Religion and Politics."

May 22, 2019

Congratulations to Benjamin Riccardi, who has successfully defended his dissertation "The Weekday Amidah as a Performative Anti-Theodicy."

May 8, 2019

Congratulations to Courtney Rabada, who has accepted a Graduate Assistantship position in the Gender & Sexuality Studies Program for the 2019-20 school year!

May 3, 2019
She will be teaching a course in the Fall titled, “Powerful & Dangerous: The Life, Times and Theory on Audre Lorde.”

Congratulations to Stephanie Brenzel, who has successfully defended her dissertation "As Strong as Death: Franz Rosenzweig’s Philosophy of Love in 'The Star of Redemption'"

May 3, 2019


Ecopiety and Other Adventures: A graduate-faculty colloquium with Professor Sarah Taylor

April 25, 2019

Join the Religious Studies Department for a discussion of Professor Taylor's latest book, "Ecopiety: Green Media and the Dilemma of Environmental Virtue." 

Tuesday, May 28th, 2019 | Kresge 1515

Congratulations to Matthew Smith, who has won the 2019-2020 Louisville Institution Dissertation Fellowship!

April 25, 2019

Congratulations to Stephanie Brenzel, who has accepted a position as the Igor Kaplan Post-Doctoral Fellow in Christian-Jewish Relations at the Toronto School of Theology in Toronto, Canada.

April 12, 2019

Congratulations to Joel Harrison (Ph.D. '19), who has successfully defended his dissertation Between Normativity and History: Ernst Troeltsch's Mystic Type and the Creative Possibility of Values.

April 12, 2019

Congratulations to Miranda Smith who has been elected as a Fulbright scholar for 2019-20.

April 3, 2019
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. 


The Department of Religious Studies would like to express its grief over the shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand, and solidarity with the victims and survivors. We stand with the Muslim community in this time of sorrow.

March 15, 2019

This attack was the outcome of a deeply racist hatred of Muslims that has proliferated on the Internet. Educating people about Islam, and all religions, is one of the ways we can counter the attacker's ideology. Our department is ready to serve as an educational resource for the Northwestern community and beyond.

Congratulations to Professor Sarah Dees who has accepted a new position as Assistant Professor of American Religions in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Iowa State University.

March 5, 2019