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Ph.D. Dissertation Titles

2012-2013

ALLEN, Michael
South Asian Buddhism
The Ocean of Inquiry: A Neglected Classic of Late Vedanta
HAXBY, Mikael New Testament and Early Christianity
The First Apocalypse of James: Martyrdom and Sexual Difference
MILLER, Willa Secrets of the Vajra Body: Dngos po'I gnas lugs and the Apotheosis of the Body in the Work of Rgyal ba Yang dgon pa
POTTS, Matthew Theology
The Frail Agony of Grace: Story, Act and Sacrament in the Fiction of Cormac McCarthy
SINGH, Harpreet South Asian Religions
Religious Identity and the Vernacularization of Literary Cultures

2011-2012

CALLAHAN, Christopher Japanese Religions
Kakuno and the Making of Shinran and Shin Buddhism
DAVIS, Robert History of Christianity
The Force of Union: Affect and Ascent in the Theology of Bonaventure
ELTANTAWI, Sarah Islam
Stoning in the Islamic Tradition: the Case of Northern Nigeria
GORDAN, Rachel American Religious History
Post-WWII American Judaism: How Judaism Became an American Religion
KEEL, Terence Religion and Society
The Religious Pursuit of Race: Christianity, Modern Science, and the Perception of Human Difference
SCHAPIRO, Joshua Buddhism
Patrul Rinpoche on Self-Cultivation: The Rhetoric of Nineteenth-Century Tibetan Buddhist Life-Advice
SMITH, Rachel History of Christianity
Exemplarity and its Limits in the Hagiographical Corpus of Thomas of Cantimpré
WAGONER, Bryan Theology
The Subject of Emancipation: Critique, Reason and Religion in the Thought of Theodor W. Adorno, Max Horkheimer and Paul Tillich

2010-2011

ANDERSON, Mary Theology
THOU ART On Representation of the Word and the Incarnation of the Human Subject: A Christological Aesthetics
CALLAHAN, Christopher Japanese Buddhism
Kakuno and the Making of Shinran and Shin Buddhism
HELD, Shai Judaism
Reciprocity and Responsiveness: Self-Transcendence and the Dynamics of Covenant in the Theology and Spirituality of Abraham Joshua Heschel
JYVASJARVI, Mari South Asian Religions
Fragile Virtue: Interpreting Women’s Monastic Practice in Early Medieval India
LENK, Marcie New Testament and Early Christian Studies
The Apostolic Constitutions: Judaism and Anti-Judaism in the Construction of Christianity
MATUS, Zachary History of Christianity
Heaven in a Bottle: Franciscan Apocalypticism and the Elixir, 1250–1360
ROANTREE, Bronwyn Religion and Society
Limitations on the Right to Manifestation of Religion Under the European Convention on Human Rights: Constructions of the Public Sphere
STEVENSON, Margot New Testament and Early Christian Studies
“This Man Does Many Signs” (John 11:47): Controversies over Raising the Dead
TENG, Wei-Jen Buddhist Studies
Recontextualization, Exegesis, and Logic: Kuiji’s (632-682) Methodological Restructuring of Chinese Buddhism
WAGONER, Bryan Theology
The Subject of Emancipation: Critique, Reason and Religion in the Thought of Theodor Adorno, Max Horkheimer and Paul Tillich
WILLARD, Mara Religion and Society
“Recasting the Old Questions”: Theological Reliance and Renunciation in the Political Thought of Hannah Arendt

2009-2010

CANN, Candi Comparative
Holy Wars, Cold Wars and Dirty Wars: Manufacturing Martyrs in the Two-thirds World: A Case Study
KERMANI, Susan Z History of Christianity
Parenting in Neverland: Childhood Religion and Family Values in Contemporary American Paganism
ERDELACK, Wesley Philosophy of Religion
A Law Unto Themselves: Religion and Autonomy in Modern Moral Thought
CONCANNON, Cavan New Testament and Early Christianity
Ecclesia Laus Corinthiensis: Negotiating Ethnicity under Empire
OVERBEY, Ryan Buddhist Studies
Memory, Rhetoric, and Education in the Great Lamp of the Dharma Dhāranī Scripture
MURPHY, Regan East Asian Religions
The Urgency of History: Language and Ritual in Japanese Buddhism and Kokugaku
RITZINGER, Justin Buddhist Studies
Anarchy in the Pure Land: Tradition, Modernity, and the Reinvention of the Cult of Maitreya in Republican China
SNYDER, Glenn New Testament and Early Christianity
Remembering the Acts of Paul

2008-2009

AVIV, Eyal Buddhist Studies
Differentiating the Pearl From the Fish Eye: Ouyang Jingwu (1871-1943) and the Revival of Scholastic Buddhism
BAIN, Katherine New Testament and Early Christian Studies
Economics and Gender: The Socioeconomic Religious Status of Women in Asia Minor in the First Two Centuries of the Common Era
BRAUN, Erik Buddhist Studies
The Birth of Modern Buddhism: Ledi sayadaw, Abhidhamma, and the Origins of Insight Meditation
DALRYMPLE, Timothy Theology
The Ladder of Thorns: Søren Kierkegaard on the Varieties of Suffering
KENG, Ching Buddhist Studies
Yogacara Buddhism Transmitted and Transformed? Paramartha (499-569) and His Chinese Interpreters
MILLER, Anna New Testament and Early Christian Studies
Ekklesia: 1. Corinthians in the Context of Ancient Democratic Discourse
OMER, Atalia Religion and Society
After Peace: How Does the Israeli Peace Camp Think about Religion, Nationalism and Justice?
PAGE, Tovis Religion, Gender, Culture
”The Problem of the Land is the Problem of the Woman”: A Genealogy of Ecofeminism at Grailville
PRESTON, Ryan Religion and Society
The Eternal Return; of the Byzantine Icon: Sacred and Secular in the Painting of Photis Kontoglou
THORPE, Tracy New Testament and Early Christian Studies
The Power of Silence: The Empty Temple Mount in Late Antique Jerusalem

2007-2008

ADRIAN, Melanie Religion and Society
Restricting the Public: France, the Veil and Religious Freedom
BLAIR, Heather East Asian Religions
Peak of Gold: Trace, Place and Religion in Heian Japan
CLOWER, Jason Buddhist Studies
The Unlikely Buddhologist: Mou Zongsan (1909-1995)
CORLEY DUNN, Mary History of Christianty
Sainte-Anne-du-Petit-Cap: The Making of an Early Modern Shrine
LELE, Amod South Asian Religions
Ethical Revaluation in the Thought of Santideva
RINDER, Michael Islamic Studies
The Evolution of Religious Nationalism in Pakistan: Islamic Identity, Ideology and State Power
SCOTT, Mark Theology
Cosmic Theodicy: Origen on the Problem of Evil
SEITZ, John History of Christianity
No Closure: Catholic Practice and Boston's Parish Shutdowns
WAGNER, Alan Buddhist Studies
How does a Chan Buddhist Practice what he Preaches: A Study of the Works of Layman Ruru
WEIMER, Adrian History of Christianity
Protestant Sainthood: Martyrdom, Apocalypticism, and the Meaning of Sanctity in Early New England

2006-07

AMBALAVANAR, Darshan South Asian Religions
Arumuka Navalar and the Formation of a Saiva Public Colonial Jaffna
ARY, Elijah Buddhist Studies
Logic, Lives and Lineage: Jetsun Chokyi Gyaltsen's Ascension and the Secret Biography of Khedrup Geleg Pelzang
KIM, Hwansoo East Asian Religions
Toward a New History of Japanese and Korean Buddhist Relations, 1877-1912
LANAGHAN, Tammy Hindu Studies
Transforming the Seat of the Goddess into Visnu's Place: The Complex Layering of Theologies in the Karavira Mahatmaya
MIRSKY, Yehudah Jewish Studies
An Intellectual and Spiritual Biography of Rabbi Avraham Yitzhaq Ha-Cohen Kook from 1865 to 1904
SCHEIBLE, Kristin South Asian Religions
"For the Anxious Thrill and Serene Satisfaction of Good People": Rethinking the Pali Mahavamsa
YU, Baofeng East Asian Religions
Learning as a Way of Living: Lu Xiangshan and the Neo-Confucian Orientation to Learning

2005-06

BOWEN SAVANT, Sarah Islamic Studies
Forging New Identities: Genealogy, Ethnicity, and the Pre-Islamic Prophets in Medieval Islam
JONES, Paul Theology
The Humanity of Christ in Karl Barth’s Church Dogmatics
LANGE, Christian Islamic Studies
Executing Justice in Islam: Historical, Poetical, Eschatological and Legal Dimensions of Punishment under the Saljuqs (1055-1194 CE)
SCHMIDT, Jalane Religion and Society
Cuba’s Rival Rituals: 20th C. Festivals for the Virgin of Charity and the Contested Streets of the Nation
SMITH-SPRALLS, Mitzi New Testament and Early Christian Studies
The Function of the Jews, Charismatic Others, and Women in Narrative Instabilities in the Acts of the Apostles
TIRRES, Christopher Religion and Society
John Dewey and the Dynamics of Moral Faith: An Assessment of Reconstruction
UKELES, Raquel Islamic Studies
Innovation or Deviation?: Exploring the Boundaries of Islamic Devotional Law
WILLIS, Andre Theology
Hume and Hope: A Study in David Hume’s Philosophy of Religion

2004-05

ANDERSON, Emma History of Christianity
Failed Pygmalions: The Conversion and “Apostasy” of Pierre-Anthoine Pastedechouan, Seventeenth-Century Montagnais Indian
CAMPAGNA-PINTO, Stephen Theology
The Workshop of Being: A Comparative Study of Jonathan Edwards and William James
DUNNING, Benjamin New Testament and Early Christian Studies
Aliens and Sojourners: Self as Other in the Rhetoric of Early Christian Identity
EVANS, Curtis Theology
The Burden of Black Religion: Representing the Race and Enlisting the Black Churches in the Nation’s Racial Struggles
RASMUSSEN, Joel Theology
Between Irony and Witness: Kierkegaard’s Poetics of Faith, Hope and Love
SHOEMAKER, Stephen History of Christianity
God-talk in the Yard: Religion in the Nineteenth Century Harvard College Curriculum
SPRINGS, Jason Theology
Between Barth and Wittgenstein: Pragmatist Themes in Hans Frei’s Postliberal; Theology
WINBORNE, Sheila Theology
Behold It Is I: A Theological Interpretation of F. Holland Day’s Representations of Person of African Descent

2003-04

KELLEY, Nicole New Testament and Christian Origins
Discursive Competition and the Production of Truth in the Pseudo-Clementine Recognitions
MAEDA, Hiromi Japanese Religions
Imperial Authority and Local Shrines: Institutionalization of Shinto by the Yoshida House
SCHOMBURG, Susan Islam/Hinduism
Reviving Religion: The Qadiri Sufi Order, Popular Devotion to Sufi Saint Muhyiuddin "Abdul Qadir al-Gilani and Processes of "Islamization" in Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka
SHUKLA-BHATT, Neelima Indian Religion
Nectar of Bhakti: Devotional Songs of Gujarati Saint-poet Narasinha Mehta

2002-03

GHANNEABASSIRI, Kambiz Islam
Three Conceptions of Justice in Early Islam: Toward Understanding the Role of Religion in the History of Muslim Societies
KAO, Grace Religion and Philosophy
Grounding Human Rights in a Pluralist World: Assessing the Strategies of Minimalism
REIN, Nathan History of Christianity
Religion and Violence in the Schmalkaldic War, 1546-47
VARGAS, Ivette Buddhism
Falling to Pieces, Emerging Whole: Suffering Illness and Healing Renunciation in the Life of Gelongma Palmo

2001-02

LAWRENCE, Lisa Religion and Celtic
The Irish and the Incarnation: Images of Christ in the Old Irish Poems of Blathmac
McCLINTOCK, Sara Buddhism
Omniscience and the Rhetoric of Reason in the Tattvasamgraha and the Tattvasamgraphapanjika
PETRELLA, Ivan Religion and Law
Liberation, Democracy and Capitalism: A Study of the Role of Historical Projects in Latin American Liberation Theology
VIEFHUES, Ludger Religion and Philosophy
Cavell, the Skeptic and the Diva: The Human Self Between Gender and Transcendence
WHITE, Christopher History of Christianity
"Working Out Our Own Salvation": A History of Liberal Protestant Faith and Religious Practice, 1844-1893
WU, Jiang Chinese Religions
Orthodoxy, Controversy, and the Transformation of Chan Buddhism in Seventeenth Century China
YAGI, Kumiko Islam
Naguib Mahfouz’s "Socialistic Sufism"


Th.D. Dissertation Titles

2012-2013

GISH, Eizabeth Religion, Gender, Culture
The Rhetoric of Sexual Purity in Contemporary Conservative U.S. Christianity
SHANER, Katherine New Testament and Early Christianity
The Religious Practices of the Enslaved: A Case Study in Roman Ephesos
WHITLEY, John Hebrew Bible
Harnessing the Prophetic Voice: REwriting and Allusion in Prophetic Collections from the Second Century B.C.E.

2011-2012

BAYNE, Brandon American Religious History
Martyrdom, War, and Memory in the Jesuit Missions of Northwestern New Spain, 1687-1767
DINKLER, Michal Beth New Testament
Silent Statements: Narrative Representations of Speech and Silence in the Gospel of Luke
KIM, David Yoon-Jung Ethics
Law, Equity, and Calvin’s Moral Critique of Protestant Faith
MAY, Stephanie Religion, Gender, Culture
Contesting the Theo-ethical Rhetoric of Home: Feminist, Postcolonial Politics of Space
NUSSBERGER, Mark Hebrew Bible
‘Is the LORD in Our Midst or Not?’ Conceptions of Divine Presence in Ancient Jewish and Christian Interpretations of the Calf Incident

2010-2011

FRANCIS, Philip Religion and Society
We Dive and Reappear in New Places: Aesthetic Experience and Fundamentalism Undone
GONZALEZ, George Religion and Society
The Spiritual Disciplines of Contemporary Business Management at Seeing Things Whole: the Lived Metaphors of Shape-Shifting Capital
MALYSZ, Piotr Theology
‘Elementally Interrupted’: Divine and Human Freedom in the Thought of Eberhard Juengel
ROBINSON, Ananda Religion and Society
Showdown in the Sonoran Desert: Religion, Law and the Immigration Controversy
SHANER, Katherine New Testament and Early Christianity
Religious and Civic Lives of the Enslaved: A Case Study of Roman Ephesos

2009-2010

DEMOS, Louis: History of Christianity
The Cult of the Saint and its Christological Foundations in Eustratios of Constantinple's De statu animarum post mortem
KIM, Joseph J., New Testament and Early Christian Studies
”What is This World?”: An Early Christian Narrative of the Universal Spread of the Spirit-Accompanied Word
McCLENAHAN, Ann: Religion and Society
‘Big Boston’: the impact of Community Organizing on Christian and Jewish Congregations in Boston
MOZINA, David J., Comparative Religions
Quelling the Divine: The Performance of a Talisman in Contemporary Thunder Ritual
PETREY, Taylor: New Testament and Early Christian Studies
Carnal Resurrection: Sexuality and Sexual Difference in Early Christianity

2008-2009

CHANG, Peter, Comparative Religions
A Comparative Study of Bishop Joseph Butler and Wang Yang-ming’s Conception of Conscience
ITTZES, Gabor, Theology
The Doctrine of the Soul’s Immortality in Sixteenth-Century German Lutheran Theology
LEE, Simon, New Testament and Early Christian Studies
Jesus’ Transfiguration and the Believers’ Transfiguration: A Study of the Transfiguration and Its Development in Early Christian Writings
McINROY, Mark, Theology
Perceiving Splendor: The Doctrine of the Spiritual Senses in Hans Urs von Balthasar’s Theological Aesthetics
MOORE, Brenna, History of Christianity
Leaning over the Abyss: Raissa Maritain (1883-1960) and the French Catholic Revival
RICE, Christian, Ethics
For the Common Moral Benefit: Thinking Through the conditions Necessary to Secure the Moral Priority and Fixity of Individual Rights

2007-2008

DANIEL-HUGHES, Carly, New Testament and Early Christian Studies
Gender is Secured to Them: Discourse on the Body and Women's Practice in Tertullian
ELLISON, Linda, Religion, Gender, Culture
Abortion and the Politics of God: Patient Narratives and Public Rhetoric in the American Abortion Debate
FISHER, Linford, History of Christianity
Traditionary Religion: The Great Awakening and the Shaping of Native Cultures in Southern New England, 1736-1776
HINKLE, Christopher, Theology
Secularization Troubles: Sociology and Liberal Protestantism
JONES FARMER, Tamsin, Theology
Apparent Darkenss: Jean-Luc Marion's Retrieval of Greek Apophatic Tradition
LEE, Simon, New Testament and Early Christian Studies
Jesus' Transfiguration and the Believers' Transformation: A Study of the Transfiguration and Its Later Interpretations
PARTRIDGE, Cameron, Religion, Gender, Culture
Transfiguring Sexual Difference in Maximus Confessor
SENTILLES, Sarah, Theology
Just Looking: Theological Language, Ethics, and Photographs of Violence
STANG, Charles, Theology
No Longer I: Dionysius the Areopagite, Paul the Apophasis of the Self
LANDAU, Brent, New Testament and Early Christian Studies
The Sages and the Star-Child: An Introduction to the Revelation of the Magi, and Ancient Christian Apocryphon

2006-2007

DOBE, Tim, Comparative Relgions
Faqirs in the Colony: Rama Tirtha, Sundar Singh and Comparative Sainthood in the Punjab (1849-1929)

2005-06

BILLINGS, Todd, Theology
Calvin, Participation and the Gift: The Activity of Believers in Union with Christ
BUGG, Laura, New Testament and Early Christian Studies
Baptism, Bodies, and Bonds: The Rhetoric of Empire in Colossians
GOERING, Greg Schmidt, Hebrew Bible
To Whom Has Wisdom’s Root Been Revealed?: Ben Sira and the Election of Israel
LLANOS, Christopher, Religion and Society
Catholic Social Thought, Regional Economic Integration and Immigration Policy: Reconstructing Catholic Social Thinking Regarding the Right to Freedom of Movement
MARTINEAU, Fay, History of Christianity
Envisioning Heaven with Faith, Imagination, and Historical Relevance: Selected Writings from Early and Medieval Christianity
MILLER, LINDA, Religion, Gender, Culture
Divinity, Difference, and Democracy: A Critical Materialist Reading of Luce Irigaray’s Politics of Incarnation
PLAYOUST, Catherine, New Testament and Early Christian Studies
Lifted up from the Earth: The Ascension of Jesus and the Heavenly Ascents of Early Christians
SHORT, Randall, Hebrew Bible
The Story of David’s Rise as Political Apology: A Reconsideration
WHITEHEAD, Deborah, Religion, Gender, Culture
A Mediating Way of Thinking: Rhetoric, Gender, and Religion in the American Pragmatist Tradition

2004-05

COOPER, Valerie, Theology
Word, Like Fire: The Biblical Hermeneutics of Maria Stewart
CURTIS, Heather, History of Christianity
The Lord for the Body: Pain, Suffering and the Practice of Divine Healing in Late Nineteenth Century American Protestantism
DEWITT-KNAUTH, Robin, Hebrew Bible
The Jubilee Transformation: From Social Welfare to Hope of Restoration to Eschatological Salvation
DUBOVSKY, Peter, Hebrew Bible
A Study of the Neo-Assyrian Intelligence Services and Their Significance for 2 Kings 18-19
EID, Talal, Islamic Studies
Marriage, Divorce, and Child Custody as Experienced by American Muslims: Religious, Social, and Legal Considerations
FRECHETTE, Christopher, Hebrew Bible
The Name of the Ritual: Investigating Ancient Mesopotamian “Hand-lifting” Rituals with Implications for the Interpretation of Genre in the Psalms
KIM, Nami, Religion, Gender, Culture
Constructing “Asian Women”: A Critical Examination of Cultural-Theological Rhetoric
LUIJENDIJK, Annemarie, New Testament and Early Christian Studies
Fragments from Oxyrhynchus: A Case Study in Early Christian Identity
SCHIFFERDECKER, Kathryn, Hebrew Bible
Out of the Whirlwind: Creation Theology in the Book of Job
YOUNG, Malcolm, Theology
One World at a Time: Henry David Thoreau’s Religious Practices

2003-04

BODMAN, Whitney, Comparative Religion
The Poetics of Iblis: Qur’anic Narrative as Theology
IZUTSU, Margaret, Comparative Religion
The Geography of Grieving: Exploring Bereavement with the Compass of Japanese Confucian Rites
KIM, David K., Theology
Politics and Religion: The Religious Significance of Charles Taylor and Judith Butler on Agency
SHERROD, Marc, History of Christianity
That Great and Awful Change: Death and Protestant Practical Theology in the American Northeast, 1700-1900
STEIN, Valerie, Hebrew Bible
Anti-cultic Theology in Biblical Interpretation: A Study of Isaiah 66:1-4 and Its Reception
YIP, Francis, Theology
Toward a Critique of Capitalism as Quasi-Religion: A Study of Paul Tillich’s Critical Interpretation of Capitalism and Modernity 2002-03
ABRAHAM, Susan, Theology
Karl Rahner’s Theology of Freedom in a Postcolonial Context
MANTER, Bette, Theology
Toward a Pragmatic Theology of Reconciliation: An Examination of Atonement in Josiah Royce
PEARSON, Lori, Theology
From Essence to Synthesis: Ernst Troeltsch as Historian and Theorist of Christianity

2001-02

BOYER, Ernest, Theology
"What is Religion?": Shaftesbury, Schleiermacher, and the Enlightenment Sources of Schleiermacher's Question
CHAPMAN, Cynthia, Hebrew Bible
The Gendered Language of Warfare in the Israelite/Assyrian Encounter
DUBOIS, Joel, Comparative Religion
The Hidden Life of Brahman: Uncovering Traces of Sankara’s Vedanta in Contemporary Karnataka
JOHNSON-DEBAUFRE, Melanie, New Testament and Christian Origins
It's the End of the World as We Know It: Eschatology, Q, and the Construction of Christian Origins
MATLESS, Sally, Theology
Jonathan Edwards' Relational Metaphysics of Love
NASRALLAH, Laura, New Testament and Christian Origins
'An Ecstasy of Folly': Rhetorical Strategies in Early Christian Debates over Prophecy
NIENHUIS, Nancy, Religion, Gender and Culture
Neighbors and Other Strangers: A Critical Feminist Liberation Theology of the Neighbor and Welfare Reform
TANIGUCHI, Yuko, New Testament and Christian Origins
To Lead Quiet and Peaceable Lives: A Rhetorical Analysis of the First Letter of Timothy

2000-01

CAPONI, Francis, Theology
Karl Rahner's Theory of Religious Language
COBLE, Christopher, History of Christianity
Where Have All the Young People Gone? The Christian Endeavor Movement and the Training of Protestant Youth, 1881-1918
FULLAM, Lisa, Ethics
The Virtue of Humility: A Reconstruction Based in Thomas Aquinas
HILL FLETCHER, Jeannine, Religion and Society
Ultimacy and Identity: Karl Rahner and George Lindbeck on Religious Pluralism
REVERING, Alan, Theology
Social Criticism and Eschatology in M. Walzer and J.B. Metz
WARREN, David, New Testament and Christian Origins
The Text of the Apostle in the Second Century: A Contribution to the History of its Reception