Titles of Past Religious Studies Theses

Name (2022)Thesis Title and Advisor
Insha AfsarJammu and Kashmir: Paradise from the Outside but Prison for Kashmiris – Professor Akhtar
Madeline Korbey‘Sermons’ and ‘Sermonizing’ in the Context of Death and Dying During Covid – Professor Melnick Dyer
O. Alexander PlattTill Death Bring Us Union: A Study of the Divine Marriage Metaphor in the New Testament – Professor Baker
Kang XiongProsperity Gospel and Social Justice in the Asian American Church – Professor Akhtar
Name (2021)Thesis Title and Advisor
Anna-Elena MaheuLaying the Groundwork: Desert Spaces and the Sacralization of U.S. Settler Colonialism – Professor Baker
Will ZimmermanDharma for All: Mindfulness in the United States of America – Professor Melnick Dyer
Name (2020)Thesis Title and Advisor
Samuel Glenn‘Your Favorite Rapper’s a Christian Rapper’: Chance the Rapper’s Use of Religious Discourse on His 2016 Mixtape, Coloring Book – Professor Bruce
Jack McLarnon ‘One’ and ‘I’: Dynamics of Ritual Unity and Individuality in the Liturgical Practice of the Catholic Nicene Creed – Professor Baker
Bernhardur Magnusson McComish Religious Visions of the Environmental ‘Apocalypse’: Theological Approaches to Climate Change – Professor Baker
Lila PatinkinThe Very Well-Known, Not Known at All, Story of Esther, Queen of Persia – Professor Baker
Lydia SullivanIndependent Thinkers & Women Unrestrained: Táhirih, Sera Khandro and Mary Baker Eddy in the Androcentric Public Sphere of the 19th and 20thCenturies – Professor Melnick Dyer
Jin WeiFolklore and Religions Reimagined in Contemporary China – Professor Melnick Dyer
Name (2019)Thesis Title and Advisor
Molly BrooksReligion and Citizenship: A Case Study for the Involvement of Religion in the Identity and Culture of Citizens in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore – Professor Akhtar
Anissa GarzaThe Gendered Model of the Civil Rights Movement: Its Social and Psychological Impacts  — Professor Bruce  
Claudia GlickmanThe Force of Translation on Contemporary Bible Study: A Look into How Word Choice Affects the Book of Genesis and Conceivable Methods of Its Reconstruction – Professor Carlson-Hasler
Rebecca HowardAmbiguities of Interpretation: The Artistic Eloquence of Abdulnasser Gharem’s Ricochet  — Professor Bruce
Shahrukh KhanUnderstanding Non-violence in Islam: Sacred text, Religious Reform, Music, and Law in Pakistan – Professor Akhtar
Name (2018)Thesis Title and Advisor
Ezra Oliff-LiebermanThe past isn’t dead.  It isn’t even past:  An Exploration of Jewish-Israeli (Dis)Engagement with the Nakba or The Israeli Case for Reparations – Professor Baker [Peace & Conflict Studies major]
Robert DanielsDianetics to Scientology: Hubbard’s Use of Religious Discourse – Professor Bruce
Emma HampsonThe Americanization of Buddhism and the Subsequent Development of Mindfulness-Based Stress Therapy: Is There a Role for Religion in Healthcare? Professor Melnick Dyer
Kai LindseyThe Intergenerational Transmission of Buddhism in Maine – Professor Melnick Dyer
Joshua Moise-SilvermanJewish Ethical Reflections on the Promises and Challenges of Emerging Reproductive Technologies – Professor Baker
Olga RevzinaMachik Labdrön and Tsultrim Allione’s Commitment to All Sentient Beings: Ancient Wisdom and Modern Buddho-psychology – Professor Melnick Dyer
Benjamin TonelliThe Parable of the Good Samaritan and the Responsibility of the Modern Neighbor – Professor Bruce
Name (2017)Thesis Title and Advisor
Kelsey PearsonThe Hero’s Journey and Soul Retrieval Therapy – Professor Baker
Audrey PuleioSpiritual-Environmental Responsibility: Emotional Connection to Nature as Seen in Avatar – Professor Melnick Dyer
Fatima SaidiThe Evolution of Politics, Religion, and their Relationship in the Modern Middle East (1900-2016) – Professor Akhtar
Andrew SegalPower to the People: Black Power & the Limitations of a Rights-based Discourse in the struggle for Black Liberation – Professor Tracy and Dr. Chris Petrella
Ahmed SheikhPolitics of (Mis)Representation: Film Narratives of Somalia Deconstructed – Professor Akhtar
Name (2016)Thesis Title and Advisor
Melissa CarpRemembering the Former Jewish Community Center of Lewiston, Maine – Dr. Darby Ray
Norberto Diaz, IIIA Scientific Soul:  Creating Dialogue Between Science and Religion in Order to Achieve a Holistic View – Professor Tracy
Esperanza Au GilbertHidden in Plain Sight:  Married Orthodox Jewish Women and the Practice of Wig Wearing as Head Covering – Professor Baker
Wendy Hermans GoldmanWe’re Still Jews: 21st Century Jewish Identity Reflected in the Humor of Transparent, Broad City, and Sarah Silverman – Professor Baker
Emilie MullerThe Conquest Narrative of Joshua 1-12:  Ideological Strategies, Morality, and Modern Implications – Professor Baker
Peter NovelloThe Science of Religion:  A Catholic and Tibetan Buddhist Comparison – Professor Tracy
Kathryn OrtegaCreating a Better World by Imagining a Way to Create Religious Harmony – Professor Tracy
Alex TritellDivine Commands in the Akedah:  Religious Extremism and the Model of Faith – Professor Tracy
Name (2015)Thesis Title and Advisor
Adina BrinModern American Jews, Collective Victimhood, and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict – Professor Baker
Eliza KaplanChoosing the Chosen People.  Jewish Identification Among Intermarried Families in America – Professor Baker
Myriam KellyTurkey’s Emergence as a Regional Power in the Wake of the Syrian Refugee Crisis – Professor Akhtar
Alison Rose KimballThe Problem of Evil – Professor Tracy
Emma LindsayHow Eve Set Humanity Free From the Garden:  Connecting the Feminine Divine through Eve’s Desire for Wisdom – Professor Baker
Julia OfmanMunis Tekinalp’s “Ten Commandments”:  An examination of Jewish Turkification in the Early Republic and Its Ambivalent Legacy in Contemporary Turkey – Professor Baker
Hollis Graham SaffordThe Jackson Creed – Professor Bruce
Joseph Marques-FalkThe Jhānas: A Comparison of Teachings on Absorption Concentration in the Theravadan Tradition – Professor Strong
Henry NguyenThe Negative Impacts of Deforestation on Wildlife in China – Professor Strong
Name (2014)Thesis Title and Advisor
Charles DonahueThe Immaculate Reception:  An Examination of Religious Symbolism in Sports – Professor Bruce
Julia HanlonThomas Merton in Dialogue with Buddhism – Professor Strong 
Claire KershkoThe Problem of Evil:  An Examination of the Classical and Neoclassical Conceptions of God in Consideration of the Problem of Evil – Professor Tracy
Madeline LandryIn the EMptiness of Non-Being:  An Exposition of Classical and Neoclassical Theism – Professor Tracy
Katharine NixonMountains and Mandalas:  An Exploration of an Axis Mundi in the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition – Professor Strong
Natalie L. ShribmanIsrael as a Divided State:  Discrimination Against Reform Jews and Converts in Israel – Professor Baker
Alison TraversThe Theological and Political Debate on Family Planning and its Fruition in Egyptian Society – Professor Akhtar
Name (2013)Thesis Title and Advisor
Remy AlbertGush Emunim and Neturei Karta:  An Analysis of Contending Models of Jewish Masculinity in Israel – Professor Baker
Jadria Concetta Lineberger CincottaThe Dualisms of Paul – Professor Baker
Maggie DembinskiTheology in Recovery from Abuse and Addiction – Professor Baker
Rashad RoseA More Perfect Union:  Beyond The Speech – Professor Bruce
Name (2012)Thesis Title and Advisor
Zoe BryanA Case for War:  Just War Theory as Applied to the 2003 United States Invasion of Iraq – Professor Tracy
Phoebe DixonMormon Evangelism in the 21st Century – Professor Bruce
Maria KingThe Mysticism of St. Teresa of Avila – Professor Tracy
Elana LeopoldIjtihad:  Searching for a Missing Definition – Professor Schomburg
Lizzie LeungToo Easy Being Green:  Global Shangri-la and Green Orientalism in China’s Tibet – Professor Strong
Ronny EadFinding Your Path:  A Practical Comparison of the Samatha and Bare Insight Approaches to Nirvana – Professor Strong
Joseph P. DrinkwaterSporting Proportionality:  Title IX’s Effect on High School and Collegiate Male Athletes – Professor Bruce
Name (2011)Thesis Title and Advisor
Michael TetlerThe Liturgical Ideal of the Tractarian Movement – Professor Bruce
Juliana KirklandClear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose – Professor Bruce
Name (2010)Thesis Title and Advisor
Julia BedellFrom Mirra Alfassa to the Mother: Tracing the Path of a Modern Spiritual Icon – Professor Schomburg
Jared BokContextualization of the Gospel to Muslims and its Implications for Christian-Muslim Relations – Professor Schomburg
Brandon CooperGush Emunim: Religious Zionism and Its Impact on the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process – Professor Baker
Beau Jack Sunil DahmsThe Evolution of Jeremiad Discourse throughout American History; John Winthrop, The Rev. Dr.  Martin Luther King, Jr., and Barack Obama – Professor Bruce
Robert FriedlanderCompeting Views of Islam:  Osama bin Laden and Khaled Abou el Fadl on What It Means to Be a Good Muslim in the Twenty-First Century – Professor Schomburg
Lindsay Thomson-BrillTracing the Path of the Snow Lion:  Tibetan Nationalism and the Dalai Lama’s Dilemma – Professor Strong
Name (2009)Thesis Title and Advisor
Benjamin HorganSpiritual Awakenings:  Alcoholics Anonymous, Storytelling, and the Logic of Gift Exchange – Professors Bruce and Swan Tuite
Manuela OdellRecreation of Africa as the “Holy Land”:  Case Study of Candomblé – Professor Bruce
Rose SchwabSystems of Dominance and Submission:  From Biblical Narratives to Faith Communities – Professor Baker
Shawki Ta’lib WhiteReligion of the Streets:  Forming a Unique Image and Understanding of God, Expressing It through Hip Hop – Professor Bruce
Name (2008)Thesis Title and Advisor
Victoria LibbyMuslim Veiling Since the 1970’s:  Veiling as a Vehicle Towards Greater Mobility and Autonomy – Professor Schomburg
Name (2007)Thesis Title and Advisor
Ross AllardThe Vision of a Warrior:  Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Naropa University – Professor Strong
Elizabeth Shaftal CohenVillain, Hero, and Jew:  Examining Representations and Characterizations of Judas Iscariot – Professor Bruce
Veronica Helppie DenglerYoga:  A Cultural Analysis of History and Practice – Professor Strong
Alicia HansonLost in the Woods:  Jack Kerouac and the  American Buddhist Landscape – Professor Strong
Nils JohnsonIntending Hip Hop Through Phenomenology –
Matthew ZiinoExamining the Politics of Islam – A Reinterpretation of Islam and Democracy –
Amadi Sulaiman CisseReturning to The “Door of No Return” – Professor Bruce
Name (2006)Thesis Title and Advisor
Sarah MengelTransitions in Jihad’s Redefinition:  Modernity’s Challenge to Tradition – Professor Tracy
Meg JoyceWhen Nails Don’t Hang:  An Examination of How Jesus Hung on the Cross – Professor Allison
Name (2005)Thesis Title and Advisor
Sarahbelle MarshHoly Ground – Professor Bruce
Kristen J. .KenlyReflections on Religious Studies Curriculums – A Guide to Effectively Teaching Religion in the University – Professor Bruce
Haley LiebermanGod and the Problem of Evil:  A Post-Holocaust Theodicy – Professor Tracy
C. Alexander SchindelWhat Happens When Jesus is Number 1 in the Box Office? – Professor Bruce
Name (2004)Thesis Title and Advisor
Cami DysonThe Structure and Themes Found in Modern Myth:  An analysis of Neil Gaiman’s Comic Book:  The Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes – Professor Bruce
Anthony SolaquaThe Holy Madness:  A Review of a Particular Form of Religious Madness:  Pentecostalism – Professor Bruce
Name (2001)Thesis Title and Advisor
Stacey Lynn BerkowitzWrestling With G-d Defining Jewish Identity in Modern Day Hungary and Poland – Professor Bruce and Professor Caspi
Samantha DahanThe American Flag in Black Protest Art – Professor Bruce