These recent graduates and advanced doctoral students are available for academic appointment in their chosen field of study and research.
Doctoral students at the Divinity School concentrate their work in one of the School's eleven areas of study, and also engage other disciplines within the academic study of religion. Their programs include completion of general requirements in the methodologies of the academic study of religion, fulfillment of the requirements of their area of study, and significant coursework in areas across the Divinity School as well as the University of Chicago. In addition to faculty appointed in the Divinity School's eleven areas of study, faculty across the University whose work is in the study of religion are associated faculty in the Divinity School, and often serve as qualifying examiners, and advisors or readers on dissertation committees. The doctoral qualifying exams, which must also include at least one exam outside the student's area of study, provide the student with a comprehensive grounding in the current scholarship in the chosen field of research, and emphasize the importance and value of interdisciplinary research.
Andrew M. Langford (firstname.lastname@example.org)
"Diagnosing Deviance: Pathology and Polemic in the Pastoral Epistles"
Richard A. Zaleski (email@example.com)
"Retelling Scripture: Biblical Paraphrase in Philo of Alexandria’s and Gregory of Nyssa’s Lives of Moses"
History of Christianity
History of Judaism
"Conscripting Tradition: Islam, Confucianism, Modernity"
Nora Jacobsen Ben Hammed (firstname.lastname@example.org)
"Knowledge and Felicity of the Soul in Fakhr al-Din al-Razi"
Philosophy of Religions
Jason Cather (email@example.com)
"The Ontological Argument, Its Criticisms and Consequences"
W. Ezekiel Goggin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
"Hegel's Sacrificial Imagination"
Davey K. Tomlinson (email@example.com)
"Buddhahood and Philosophy of Mind: Ratnākaraśānti, Jñānaśrīmitra, and the debate over mental content (ākāra)"
Daniel Wyche (firstname.lastname@example.org)
"The Politics of Self-overcoming: Spiritual Exercises and Political Liberation"
Religion, Literature, and Visual Culture
"Children of Darkness, Children of the Mask: An Examination of the Moral Effects of Metaphors of Darkness and Light on the Representational and Societal Lives of Black Americans"
Willa Lengyel (
“Scientific Prediction and Theological Hope: Human Hope in Response to the Environmental Crisis”