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James Ballard

Graduate student

Katharine Batlan

Graduate student

Interests: Religion in the Americas; U.S. Religious History; Religion and Law

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Brice Bongiovanni

Graduate student

Education: M.A., University of Georgia

Interests: African Diaspora Religions in the United States | Religious Minorities in the Americas | Immigrant Religion | Religion in Popular Media | Magic and Religion

Benjamin Cox

Graduate student

Interests: Japanese Religion | Folk/Popular Religion of East Asia | Children and Religion | Animism | Ritual and Magic | Cognitive Science of Religion | Comparative Irreligion

Caroline Crews

Graduate student

Interests: Early Christianity | Apocryphal Texts | Philology | "Orthodoxy" and "Heresy" | Identity Theory | Papyrology | Coptic Studies | Greco-Roman Religions

Ryan Fitzgerald

Graduate student

Interests: New Testament | Early Christianity | Greco-Roman Culture | Animal Sacrifice | Gender, Sexuality, & Race/Ethnicity in Antiquity | Identity Theory

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Jaimie Gunderson

Graduate student

Education: M.A., The University of Kansas

Interests: Religion in the Ancient Mediterranean and Late Antiquity

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Adeline Harrington

Graduate student

Education: MTS, Harvard Divinity School

Interests: Early Christianity | Greco-Roman Religions | Papyrology | Apocryphal Texts | Religious Materiality | Mediterranean Archaeology | Coptic Studies | Syriac Studies | Greco-Roman Egypt | Textual Criticism | Orthodoxy and Heresy

James Henriques

Graduate student

Interests: Magic and divination | Roman Archaeology | Etruscan Religion | The Roman Near East | Mystery Cults and Syncretism | Comparative Mythology | Pagan Holy Men | Esotericism | Early Christianity and "Gnosticism."

Sung Soo Hong

Graduate student

Jin Young Kim

Graduate student

Interests: Religion in the Ancient Mediterranean

Brad King

Graduate student

Interests: Early and Late Antique Christianity, Women in Christianity, Apocryphal and Non-Canonical Texts

Alexander Kreger

Graduate student

Education: M.M. Ethnomusicology, University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Alevism, Turkey, Anthropology of Religion, Linguistic Anthropology, Secularism, Music, Expressive Culture

Nathan Leach

Graduate student

Education: PhD Religious Studies, University of Texas Austin

Interests: Second Temple Judaism, Early Christianity, Early Christian Service in the Roman Military, Apocalyptic Literature

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Michel S. Lee

Graduate student

Education: M.A., Stanford University

Interests: Religion in the United States; history of the Sabbath; history of higher education; sacred time; religion in the American West

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Josefrayn Sanchez-Perry

Graduate student

Education: M.A., The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Religion in the Americas; Late Post-Classic & Colonial Mesoamerica; Theories of Religious Transmission; Indigenous Cultures of Latin America; Nahuatl & K'iche' Origin Stories

Daniel Smith

Graduate student

Education: MAR (Biblical Studies), Yale Divinity School

Interests: Ancient Christianity, Second Temple Judaism, Apocalyptic Literature, Papyrology, Dead Sea Scrolls, Imperial Cults, Jewish and Christian perspectives toward Rome, Post-Colonial Studies, Disability Studies.

Hemal Trivedi

Graduate student

Education: MA in Religious Studies, Rutgers University

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Joshua Urich

Graduate student

Education: PhD, University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Religion in the Americas; the history of atheism in America; vernacular religion; religion and race; religion and violence