Students in the concentration go on to pursue a range of professional activities. Below are a our most recent graduates with professional information included as it is available to us.
Class of 2014
Meghan Brooks (2014) focused on Islam in the modern period. She is working as a legal assistant at Sanford Heisler, a public interest law firm that specializes in race and gender-based employment discrimination class action lawsuits. She writes briefs, conducts client depositions, and manages client relations. She is considering a career in law.
Linda Buehler (2014), a joint concentrator with Religion and Women Gender and Sexuality, focused on Christianity in the modern period. Linda is working in the Cambridge to further her research time; she plans to apply to divinity school.
Edward Escalon (2014) focused on Religion in America. He is pursuing a master's degree at Union Theological Seminary in New York.
Rachel Horn (2014) pursued comparative work on American religion, particularly Christianity and Islam. She participated in the Aladdin Project's International Summer University for Intercultural Leadership Program in 2014. She is currently exploring career options in public service, policy, the arts, and radio broadcasting.
Sharon Kelleher (2014), a secondary field student in religion, concentrated in Government. Sharon is working in Boston at the law firm of Wilmer Hale.
Kelly Maeshiro (2014) is pursuing a master's at Union Theological Seminary.
David Sackstein (2014) focused on Judaism, with a secondary field in Molecular and Cellular Biology. He works in Cambridge at Harvard Hillel as the Israel and Campus Engagement Coordinator.
Tim Seery (2014) is pursing an MDiv at the Harvard Divinity School.
Jacob Shack (2014) focused on religion in the modern west, with a thematic emphasis on religion and society. He is pursuing a master's degree in viola performance at The Juilliard School in New York City.
Class of 2013
Allison Aitken, Doctoral Candidate (2013) Thesis: Reflections on Reality: Śrigupta in the Intellectual History of the Madhyamaka. Allison is pursuing a Ph.D. in South Asian Studies at Harvard.
Shao Min Chia Chew, Teacher (2013) Thesis: Making Oneself Muslim: Creative Construction of Autonomy in America. Shao Min is working for Vegas Magazine.
Blair Gullick (2013) Thesis: Barriers to the Safe Delivery of African Mothers: On the Relationship between Religion and Maternal Health in Western Kenya. Blair is working with Teach for America in San Francisco.
Isabel Hebert (2013), Doctoral Candidate Thesis: Art between Man and God: Grünewald's Crucifixion and Religion in the Modern West. Isabel completed an internship this past summer with the Peabody Essex Museum and is currently pursuing doctoral work in Art History at the University of Cambridge. As an undergraduate, Isabel researched South Asian Religions and Art and Architecture.
Sara Lytle, Pastoral Care Intern at Bishop Anderson House (2013, Buddhism and Modern West/Religions of the Americas, secondary concentration in Psychology) Thesis: Walking the Path Together, Crossing Alone: The Practice of Care in Buddhist Hospices. Within Psychology, Sara is particularly interested in the interaction of Buddhist psychology and philosophy with psychotherapy and modern psychology. During her undergraduate studies, Sara taught English in Bosnia-Herzegovina as an intern for the Tuzla Summer Institute, a multicultural educational program that is a joint partnership between Bosnia Initiatives for Local Development and the Tuzla Muftiate.
Kate Zavadski (2013) Thesis: Spiritual Wheaties: Tradition, Prayer, and Power in the Nation's Oldest Daily Prayer Service. Katie is currently working with New York Magazine.
Class of 2012
Paula Bu, Med Student (2012, Christianity and Judaism) Thesis: Redefining What is Fit to Eat in the 21st Century: Sustainable Eating and Contemporary American Jewish Identity. Paula is currently pursuing a Doctor of Medicine at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University. Paula’s various passions include: interfaith work, 'all things food', indie-folk music and travel. As a student, she spent a semester interning in Israel with the Interreligious Coordinating Council and spent a summer volunteering with CitySprouts to mentor middle school youth and help plan and lead lessons related to urban gardens, food and nutrition, and community service. She plans to pursue a degree in medicine upon graduation.
Avery Erwin (2012, Modern West) Thesis: To Steal the Sun from the Sky
Alexander Gerson (2012, South Asia) Thesis: Relishing Aestheticized Emotion in Cinema: Tom Ford’s A Single Man through the Lens of Abhinavagupta’s Theological Aesthetics
Noam Hassenfeld (2012, South Asian Religions-Hinduism and the Arts, secondary concentration in Music) Thesis: Flexible Conservatism: Authority and Ambiguity in the Thought of Vivekananda and Schechter. Noam’s thesis compares specific modern Hindu and Jewish approaches to tradition. Noam is currently teaching 3rd grade in New Orleans with Teach For America. As a student, Noam directed, composed and performed for The Harvard Undergraduate Drummers (THUD) and has played with the Pan-African Dance and Music Ensemble, as well as Gamelan Galak-Tika, the Balinese gamelan at MIT. He interned with ASCAP in the film/TV music division in L.A.
Aneliese Palmer (2012, Christianity) Thesis: The World as a Divine Symphony: Art and Self at Kylemore Abbey
Alyssa Yamamoto, Collaboration Catalyst at Village Health Works (2012, Modern West, secondary concentration in Government) Thesis: Constellations of Friendship: Justice Illuminated by Affinities and Affections. Her thesis blended ethnographic participation at a local HIV/AIDS center with a theoretical analysis of the existential, ethical encounter with the Other. As a student, Alyssa was active with the Global Health and AIDS Coalition and worked as a global health governance research assistant analyzing technology transfers, intellectual property rights, and local medicines production. As a student, she interned at the Clinton Foundation's Clinton Global Initiative.
Class of 2011
Tobyn Aaron (2011, Islam and Judaism) Her previous interests brought her to Japan to live in a Buddhist Temple and to Ethiopia on a summer travel grant to work with the Human Capital Foundation as a teaching fellow to AIDS orphans. Tobyn is currently an intern with No Peace Without Justice in Belgium, where she builds on her interests in traditional notions of, and mechanisms for, justice.
Meghan Cleary, Law Student (2011, Philosophy of Religion and Modern West, secondary concentration in Women and Gender Studies) Thesis: Woman and Her Body, Me and Mine. Meghan worked with the Sex Crimes Unit of the New York County District Attorney’s Office since graduation and is currently attending Harvard Law School. As an undergraduate, she worked at the Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in American, was a member of Harvard's track/cross country teams and was very involved with ECHO, a peer-counseling group.
Danielle Gram, Client Development Associate with Axiom in NYC (2011, Focus on Christian enculturation in non-western societies, secondary concentration in Sociology) Thesis: Child Witches and Witch Hunts: New Images of the Occult in the Democratic Republic of Congo, awarded the Hoopes Prize. As a Sheldon Prize Travelling Fellowship recipient, Danielle worked in Northern Uganda on post-conflict rehabilitation projects and research geared towards war-affected women and children. Danielle co-founded Kids for Peace in 2006, she is a Resolution Guide with The Resolution Project, a member of the Youth Award Review Committee for World of Children and previously worked as an Analyst for J.T. Gram & Associates, Inc. As a student, her research interests included studying cases of mass violence, war, disaster, and human rights challenges.
Jamie Olson, Instructor at Capstone Prep in Hong Kong (2011, Islam) Thesis: Harmony or Harm? Sama and the Law in 18th Century Islam. Jamie is currently teaching English at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey. As a student, Jamie studied Arabic and was a middle distance and cross-country runner for Harvard Track and Field.
Kelly Quinlan, Legal Intern at Advocates for Children of New York (2011, Modern West, secondary concentration in Sociology) Thesis: ’Because We’re Catholic’: Conflict and Challenge in Urban Catholic Schools. This year, Kelly has been in Memphis teaching with Teach for America and in Thailand on a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship. As a student, she was a Yale Law School Fellow with the Advocates for Children of New York City, Inc. in NYC.