Alumni

STEPHANIE ANDERSON, MA, Summer 2010
Anna-BeckANNA BECK, MA, Religious Studies, Spring 2014

Bio/Research Interests: I received a BA in Philosophy and Anthropology from Sarah Lawrence College. My areas of interest include the intersections between morality and religion in individuals, institutions, and cultures.

Contact: abeck006@email.ucr.edu
MATTHEW BIBER, MA, Summer 2010
Jayne-BittnerJAYNE BITTNER, MA,Religious Studies, Spring 2014

Current Status: PhD Student, Study of Religion, University of California, Davis

Bio/Research Interests: I am interested in American religious history, theories of performance and ritual, material culture and religion, and women and gender as they pertain to religions in the U.S. I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies from the California State University, Northridge.

Contact: jbitt002@ucr.edu
MATTHEW CASEY, MA, Spring 2011
Current Status: Ph.D. Student (History), University of California, Davis
JAMES EDMONDS, MA, Spring 2012
CHRISTINE GAMBILL, MA, Fall 2010
RICHARD GREER, MA, Spring 2009
Current Status: Adjunct Professor, Chaffey College
NICHOLAS HANKINS, MA, Spring 2008
Current Status: Youth Pastor, Valley Christian Church and Executive Director, Upland Manor
JOANNE HAYNES-DEMILLE, MA, Spring 2013
SEAN HIGGINS, MA, Spring 2008
RACHEL HOWELL, MA, Spring 2011
Current Status: Instructor, Ashford University and Advisor, Colorado Tech University
Toby-JohnsonTOBY JOHNSON, PhD, Religious Studies, Winter 2015

Dissertation Title: Living and Learning with Guru Nanak: Participation and Pedagogy in the Janam-Sakhi Narratives

Bio/Research Interests: I came to UCR with both my BA (University of Northern Iowa) and MA (Western Michigan University) in Religious Studies. During my time at UC Riverside, I was able to continue pursuing my interests in how stories condition and sustain religious traditions. This was the focus of my dissertation work on the stories told about Guru Nanak, founder of the Sikh tradition. My studies involved textual and narrative analyses, the production of new iterations, digital media presentations, and community responses to these stories. Parts of this research were funded by a grant from the Cognition, Religion, and Theology Project at Oxford University (a Templeton funded project) and by a Critical Language Scholarship from the Council of American Overseas Research Centers at the U.S. Department of State. I have presented these findings at meetings of the American Academy of Religion, the International Association for the Cognitive Science of Religion, the International Society for the Study of Narrative International Conference, and at UCR’s own Sikh Studies Conference series.

I extended my work to address the presentation of religion in popular media by working with faculty from the Comparative Literature and Media and Cultural Studies departments, as well. These projects have brought me into conversation with some of the artists, writers, and publishers who create these works, thus expanding my research engagements to involve discussions of production as much as reception. I have been fortunate to make presentations of this research at the Popular Culture Association national conference, the Science Fiction Research Association conference, and even the Comic Arts Conference, which is part of San Diego’s Comic-Con International.
KATHERINE KIMBLE, MA, Spring 2008
JODI LETTERMAN, MA, Summer 2008
ERIKA LICON, MA, Spring 2010
Current Status: Curandera, Realize YOUR Bliss, Inc.
RACHEL MEEKER, MA, Spring 2010
Current Status: Residential Advisor, Covenant House California
KELLY MEISTER, MA, Fall 2009
Current Status: Ph.D. Student (History of Religions), University of Chicago
HAROLD MORALES, Ph.D., Summer 2012, MA, Fall 2009
Current Status: Assistant professor, Morgan State University
Daniel-PschaidaDANIEL AZIM PSCHAIDA, PhD, Summer 2015

Dissertation Title: The New Generation’s Islam: Young Adult Muslim Americans on Faith, Citizenship, Identity, Gender, and Pluralism

Current Status: Lecturer, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff

Bio/Research Interests: Daniel Pschaida's dissertation looks at how young adult Muslim Americans articulate and deploy their religious identities to define relationships between faith and citizenship, the relationship between genders, and relationships with religious and ethnic difference both among Muslims and peoples of other faiths. When not reading, writing, or at a conference, you can find him on a basketball court, soccer field, hiking, or out eating the best cuisine Riverside has to offer.

Personal Website: http://danielazimpschaidascholarship.blogspot.com/

Contact: dpsch001@ucr.edu
Steven-QuachSTEVEN QUACH, MA Religious Studies, Spring 2015

Bio/Research Interests: I received a BA in Religious Studies from the San Diego State University. I am primarily interested in studying east Asian religions, particularly in China and Taiwan.

Contact: squac002@ucr.edu
ERIN ROUTON, MA, Spring 2013
Current Status: Ph.D. Student (Cultural Anthropology), Cornell University
LUKE SCHMIDT, MA, Spring 2009
SARAH SCHWARTZMAN, MA, Spring 2009
Current Status: Assistant to the Director of Core Curriculum and Core Administrative Coordinator, Scripps Colleg
Ryan-SmithRYAN SMITH, MA, Religious Studies, Spring 2014

Bio/Research Interests: I am interested in American religious ethics; Protestant Christian movements and ecology; and contemporary Christian theology and literature. I hold a BA in History and Religious Studies from the University of California, Riverside.
Allison SolsoALLISON SOLSO, PhD, Religious Studies, Winter 2015

Dissertation Title: Beyond Memento Mori: Understanding American Religions Through Roadside Shrines

Current Status: Faculty Member, Department of Humanities and Religious Studies, Sacramento State University

Bio/Research Interests:I have bachelor’s degrees in American History and Religious Studies from the University of Wisconsin and a Master’s degree in Religions of North American from Claremont Graduate University. My research interests include American religious history, material culture of religion, embodied religious experience and memory studies. I have also done work in ethnography and Native American studies. Generally, my interests are eclectic and I enjoy employing interdisciplinary methods in my studies. My writing has been featured in the Journal of Religion and Popular Culture and Harvard’s Pluralism Project.
HANNAH TENPAS, MA, Spring 2010
Current Status: Assistant Program Manager, Transitions Mental Health Association
NATALIE WINSLOW, MA, Spring 2009
Current Status: Co-Founder, New Why