School of Religion

Graduate Supervision

Graduate Supervisors are assigned by the Graduate Co-ordinator after consultation with the graduate student and faculty member concerned, usually at the beginning of winter term.  Students are encouraged to review our faculty page to help determine suitable graduate supervisors, and further encouraged to contact them before applying to our program.

The School of Religion has a small but outstanding faculty with significant research and publications in several areas:

  • Amarnath Amarasingam: Terrorism and political violence; Sociology of religion; religion and violence; social movements; religion and politics in the Middle East; Religion and the public sphere; diaspora politics and activism; religion and media/social media; atheism and non-religion; hate movements and the far-right.
  • Richard Ascough: Christian Origins: Greek and Roman Religions; Religion and Film; Religion and Business
  • Dustin Atlas: Judaism; Critical Theory; Mysticism and Philosophy; Religion and Identity; Religion and Ecology; Religion and Enlightenment; Aesthetics; Anxiety; Animals.
  • Ellen Goldberg: Hinduism; Buddhism; Yoga; Theory and Method in the Study of Religion
  • Forough Jahanbakhsh: Islam; Modernity and Democracy
  • Bill Morrow: Hebrew Bible; Biblical Interpretation; Violence, Sacrifice and Religion
  • Sharday Mosurinjohn: Theoretical Approaches to the Study of Religion: Spirituality (eg. SBNR); New Religious Movements; Aesthetics and Religion (art, museums, media);  Affect (especially, boredom, disenchantment) and Religion; Secularity, Atheism, and Nonreligion 
  • Tracy Trothen: Biomedical Ethics, Human Enhancement, Sport, Aging
  • M. Shobhana Xavier: North American and South Asian Sufism and Islam; Immigration, Diaspora, Transnationalism, Identity Politics and Sacred Spaces (Sufi shrines)
  • Pamela Dickey Young: Studies in Sexuality, Religion and Public Policy; Feminist and Queer Theories; Christianity


For more information, and to see the most recent Queen's Guide to Graduate Supervision, visit the School of Graduate Studies website.