BONDS Peer Mentors
BONDS (Building Opportunities and Networks for Divinity Students) Peer Mentors
The BONDS Peer Mentorship Program is designed to help incoming University of Chicago Divinity School students with the transition to graduate school and build community both within the new cohorts and across the Divinity School. Peer mentors engage with incoming students through office hours, one-on-one meetings, regular email check-ins, and social events. BONDS mentors are always available to answer questions about campus and student life, moving to Chicago, experience with remote and on-campus courses, languages, etc, or connect students to other resources in the Dean of Students Office or the University.
Meet the BONDS Peer Mentors
Farah is a second year M.Div student. She is interested in Qur'ānic studies, Islamic literature, poetry, and exegetical traditions. Prior to joining the Divinity School, Farah spent several years working and wandering in cities like New York, Lahore and Amman. Outside of class you can find Farah trying to contemplate by the lake, having conversations with classmates, playing soccer, and biking around Hyde Park.
Tony Beall is a second-year PhD candidate in the History of Religions. His work centers around the social, political, and religious experiences of the Omundjaundo Himba community in northern Namibia. Tony and his partner live in Michigan with their two spirited young boys and two wonderfully lazy dogs. Tony enjoys many outdoor activities including backpacking, camping, fishing, hunting, archery, canoeing, foraging and more.
Sawyer French is a former MA student and incoming PhD student at the Divinity School. His research focuses on Islamic socialist thought and politics in Indonesia.
Bradley Hansen is a PhD student in the Bible area working in New Testament and Early Christian Literature. His professional interests include Origen of Alexandria, early Christian heresiology, and the reception of the Pauline corpus. When not occupied with one of his roles at the Divinity School, Bradley enjoys spending time with his family, catching up with friends, and playing music.
Paritosh Kanoria (a.k.a. PK) is a second-year MA student. He is interested in ethnographies of schooling, global liberal arts education and how undergraduates choose majors. Outside class, he likes to swim, box, watch non-T20 cricket, listen to all kinds of music, listen to people’s stories and spend time with his dogs, Keats and Byron.
Brian Louis is entering his third year in the Master of Divinity program. Brian is in the process of becoming an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Before enrolling in the Divinity School, Brian spent about 25 years as a journalist, most of that time reporting on financial news, including twelve years at Bloomberg News.
Hannah Ozmun is a second year PhD student in Religions in the Americas, studying twentieth-century evangelicalism and the history of capitalism. She enjoys running on the lakefront trail, sewing her own clothing, and getting coffee with friends.
Foster J. Pinkney, is a writer, organizer, and doctoral candidate at the University of Chicago Divinity School in the field of Religious Ethics. Working from a Christian humanist perspective, he uses hermeneutic theory, Black theology, and Stoic philosophy to reconceptualize the ethical demands of social existence. Foster's dissertation project is titled "Rending the Veil: Black Dignity Reconstructed through the Works of Frederick Douglass and W. E. B. Du Bois."
Sunanda Rana is a second year MA student, from India, and primarily interested in Kashmiri Shaivism. Besides “geeking out on Sanskrit literature,” she enjoys yoga, running, cooking (especially for friends), and trying to make the perfect south-indian filter kaapi. This year, would like to try her hand at Muay Thai or jiujitsu.
Izak Santana is a third-year PhD student in Theology. He primarily works in constructive theology with particular attention paid to liberation and existentialist stands. He is a proud Texan but happily admits Chicago to be one of the best cities in the world when it is defrosted.
Joanna Zabiega is a second-year MDiv student. They are interested in queer spirituality, yoga, and the intersections of these with race, gender, and class. Joanna grew up in Chicago, graduated from U of C with a BA in Anthropology in 2013, and has spent five years teaching yoga around the city. They enjoy camping, gardening, connecting with others, and spending as much time as possible by the lake.