Our PhD Students

 

Our PhD Students

Gonzalo Alers

Email Address: galers@drew.edu
Program Area: Bible & Cultures
Research Interests: The Gospels, Revelation, postcolonial biblical criticism, and empire studies.


Michael Anderson

Email Address: manderson3@drew.edu
Program Area: Theological and Philosophical Studies in Religion
Research Interests:Philosophies of friendship, desire, and intimacy; Phenomenology; Ethics; Popular culture, esp. television and game studies; Animal studies; Queer theory; Spatiality; Letters and letter-writing


Hunter Bragg

Email Address: hbragg@drew.edu
Program Area: Theological and Philosophical Studies in Religion
Research Interests: Political Theology; Religion and Secularization; Practices of Confession in the Christian Tradition; Poststructuralism; Continental Philosophy; Philosophy of Religion; Political Philosophy; Constructive Theology
Professional Website: https://drew.academia.edu/HBragg


Benjamin Bixler

Email Address: bbixler@drew.edu
Program Area: Bible & Cultures
Research Interests: Identity formation in the Hebrew Bible; Gospels; Popular Culture; Critical Race Theory; Masculinity; Anabaptist/Mennonite Theology; Pedagogy
Professional Website: https://drew.academia.edu/BenjaminBixler


Desmond D. Coleman

Email Address: dcoleman@drew.edu
Program Area: Theological and Philosophical Studies in Religion
Research Interests: Philosophical and Political Idealism; Africana Studies; Performance Studies


Gabriel C. Crooks

Email Address: gcrooks@drew.edu
Program Area: Theological and Philosophical Studies in Religion, ABD
Dissertation Title: “Under Control: Theology, Mastery, and the Autopoiesis of Masculine Identifies”
Research Interests: Theological Imagination; Gender-based violence; Genocide and Holocaust Studies; Pedagogy; Historical Theology


Hunter Edwards

Email Address: hedwards@drew.edu
Program Area: Bible & Cultures
Research Interests: Hebrew Bible; Queer Theory; Interplay of Narrative and Legal Code; Characterizations of God; Social Identity in Texts


Hilary Floyd

Email Address: hfloyd@drew.edu
Program Area: Bible & Cultures
Research Interests: Economics and the New Testament; Parables; Women in the Greco-Roman world


Lindsay Grass

Email Address: lgrass@drew.edu
Program Area: Theological and Philosophical Studies in Religion
Research Interests: Radical Theology; Eschatology; Eroticism; Psychoanalytic feminism; Phenomenology of embodiment


Eun Han

Email Address: ehan@drew.edu
Program Area: Bible & Cultures
Research Interests: Postcolonial Biblical Criticism; Memory Theory


Simeiqi He 何斯美琪

Email Address: she1@drew.edu
Program Area: Religion & Society
Research Interests: Catholic moral theology; Chinese Catholic theology; social ethics; Catholic Social Teaching; Carmelite spirituality; affect theory; post-critical philosophy; moral and spiritual formation; the Song of Songs; historical theology; marriage and family; gender and sexuality; social work; psychotherapy; contemporary China
Professional Website: https://drew.academia.edu/SimeiqiHe


Wren Hillis

Email Address: lhillis@drew.edu
Program Area: Theological and Philosophical Studies in Religion
Research Interests: Political Theology; Religion, Politics & Economics; Methodist & Wesleyan Studies


Nicholas A. Johnson

Email Address: njohnson2@drew.edu
Program Area: Bible & Cultures, ABD
Dissertation Title: “Idolatry in Romans and Revelation: Toward An Africana-Decolonial Hermeneutic of Images”
Research Interests: Pauline epistles; Revelation; Early Christian history; Intersections of Africana, postcolonial, and New Testament studies


Eunchul Jung

Email Address: ejung@drew.edu
Program Area: Theological and Philosophical Studies in Religion
Dissertation Title: Phenomenology of Eros: Deconstruction of the Self and the Experience of Salvation
Research Interests: Free will; Subjectivity; German Idealism; Psychoanalysis; Critique of civilization; Phenomenology


Ha Young Kang

Program Area: Theological and Philosophical Studies in Religion
Research Interests: Political Theology; Process Philosophy; Postcolonial Theory; Women’s and Gender Studies; Confucianism; Daoism; Methodist and Wesleyan Studies


Patrick A. Kelly

Email Address: pkelly1@drew.edu
Program Area: Theological and Philosophical Studies in Religion
Research Interests: Environmental & Ecological Ethics; Roman Catholic theology; Roman Catholic Social Teaching; Critical Theory; Continental Philosophy; Marxism; Feminism & Ecofeminism; Gender Studies


Minenhle Nomalungelo Khumalo

Program Area: Bible & Cultures, ABD
Research Interests: Afro-pessimism; Afro-futurism; Literary Theory; Africana Biblical Hermeneutics; Aesthetics of Violence; Queer Theory; Marxism


Alice Kim

Email Address: akim5@drew.edu
Program Area:
 Theological and Philosophical Studies in Religion, ABD
Dissertation Title: “Theology of Traumatic Affect: A Transformative Religious and Political Response to Trauma”
Research Interests: Process Philosophy; Reformed Theology; Trauma Studies; Genocide and Holocaust Studies; Affect Theory; Philosophical Ethics; Political Theology


Tsz Him Lai

Email Address: tlai@drew.edu
Program Area: Religion & Society
Research Interests: Liberation and Postcolonial theologies; Christian Social Ethics; Asian and Hong Kong Christianities


Seong Hyun Lee

Email Address: 777slee@gmail.com
Program Area: Religion & Society, ABD
Dissertation Title: “The Power of Communal Empathy: Moral Implications of Empathy from Psychological and Care Ethics Perspectives in Responding to Sexual Violence in Faith-Based Community”
Research Interests: Pastoral Care and COunseling; Christian Social Ethics; Ethics of Care; Women’s and Gender Studies; Moral psychology and ethics of empathy; Interculturalism; Wesleyan Theology; Feminism and Digital Activism
Professional Website: www.linkedin.com/in/seong-hyun-rohe-lee


Diego Leskovar

Email Address: dleskovar@drew.edu
Program Area: Religion & Society
Research Interests: Religion and Ecology; Sociology of Religion; Secularization theory; Contemporary spirituality in the United States; Digital Religion; Religion in the Americas


Jennifer Maidrand

Email Address: jmaidrand@drew.edu
Program Area: Bible & Cultures
Research Interests: Hebrew Bible; Ecological Hermeneutics & Theology; Womanist & Feminist Hermeneutics; Geo-politics of Israel/Palestine


Rory McEntee

Email Address: rmcentee21@gmail.com
Program Area: Theological and Philosophical Studies in Religion, ABD
Dissertation Title: “For the Time Being: Religion, Secularity, (Inter)Spirituality, & Democracy”
Research Interests: Democracy; Pluralism; Comparative Philosophy and Religion; Comparative Theology; Science and Religion; Spirituality and Eco-Spirituality; Contemplative Studies; Political Philosophy; Critical Theory and Race; Constructions of ‘Religion’ and the Secular; Comparative Mysticism; Buddhism; Christian Contemplative Tradition


J.D. R. Mechelke

Email Address: jmechelke@drew.edu
Program Area: Theological and Philosophical Studies in Religion
Research Interests: Queer theories, theologies; Political Theology; Anthropocene paradox; Continental philosophy; critical theories; (Mis/dis)information; Negative and Radical Theologies; Lutheran theology
Professional Website: https://jdmechelke.academia.edu/


abby mohaupt

Email Address: amohaupt@drew.edu
Program Area: Religion & Society, ABD
Research Interests: Ecofeminism; Race Theory; Environmentalism in the United States; Reformed Theology; Embodied Pedagogy; Decolonization; Social Movements


Isabella Novsima

Email Address: inovsima@drew.edu
Program Area: Theological and Philosophical Studies in Religion
Research Interests: Theology of Disability, Feminist Theology, Mental Health Studies, Disability Studies, Constructive Theology, Ecotheology, Theology of Trauma, Transpersonal Psychology, Christian Mystics


Janet Okang (Jane)

Email Address: jokang@drew.edu
Program Area: Bible & Cultures
Research Interests: New Testament Studies; Table Fellowship-its spiritual impact in Antiquity and Africa; Cultural Studies; Children in the Bible (Sacred roles of Children in forming a Nation)


D. Scott Ostlund

Email Address: dostlund@drew.edu
Program Area: Theological and Philosophical Studies in Religion
Research Interests: Christian Theological Ethics; Critical White Studies; U.S. Evangelical Studies; Liberation Theologies; Wesleyan-Methodist Studies


Beth Quick

Email Address: bquick@drew.edu
Program Area: Religion & Society
Research Interests: Animality; Animal Ethics; Food Ethics; Ecofeminism


Dawrell Rich

Email Address: drich@drew.edu
Program Area: Religion & Society
Research Interests: Religion and Ecology; Sociology of Religion; Environmental Justice; Social Movement Theory; Urban Studies; Black Church Studies; Black Liberation Theology
Professional Website: https://www.dawrellrich.com/


Austin Roberts

Email Address: aroberts2@drew.edu
Program Area: Theological and Philosophical Studies in Religion, ABD
Dissertation Title: “Anthropocene Imaginaries: Geophilosophy, Political Theology, and the Planetary Future”
Research Interests: Process Philosophy; Political Theology; Ecotheology; Anthropocene Studies; Religious Naturalism; New Materialisms


Lauren D. Sawyer

Email Address: lsawyer@drew.edu
Program Area: Religion & Society, ABD
Research Interests: Feminist & Womanist social ethics; Sexual ethics; Youth and young adults; Evangelical purity culture; History of sexuality
Professional Website: http://laurendsawyer.com/


Dan Siedell

Email Address: dsiedell@drew.edu
Program Area: Theological and Philosophical Studies in Religion
Research Interests: Theological implications of images and artistic practices; negative theology; theopoetics and creativity; new materialism; and the potential of curatorial practices for theological discourses.


Eric A. Thomas

Email Address: EThomas623@gmail.com
Program Area: Bible & Cultures, ABD
Dissertation Title: “Queer of Color Biblical Criticism: Race, Sexuality and the New Testament”
Research Interests: Biblical hermeneutics; Queer Theory; Africana and Black Religious Studies


Max Thornton

Email Address: mthornton@drew.edu
Program Area: Theological and Philosophical Studies in Religion, ABD
Dissertation Title: “Gender, Disability, Technology: Toward a Trans/Crip Theological Anthropology”
Research Interests: Disability; queer theory; trans studies; STS; theological anthropology
Professional Website: maxthornton.me


Sin Lung Tong

Program Area: Bible & Cultures
Research Interests: Hebrew Bible; Narrative Criticism; Affect Theory; Poststructuralism; Postcolonialism


AJ Turner

Email Address: aturner1@drew.edu
Program Area: Theological and Philosophical Studies in Religion
Research Interests: Psychology of Religion; Epistemology; William James; Religious Naturalism; Sociocultural Psychoanalysis


Min Um

Email Address: mum@drew.edu
Program Area: Theological and Philosophical Studies in Religion
Research Interests: Ecotheology; The Theology of Karl Barth; Process Thought; Liberation Theologies; Animal Ethics


O’neil Van Horn

Email Address: ovanhorn@drew.edu
Program Area: Theological and Philosophical Studies in Religion
Research Interests: Ecotheology; Political Theology; Process Philosophy; Poststructuralism; New Materialisms; Critical Race Studies; Queer Theory
Professional Website: http://ovanhorn.com


Kelsey Erin Wallace

Email Address: kwallace1@drew.edu
Program Area: Bible & Cultures, ABD
Research Interests: Narratives of violence; Grief and cultural memory; Gender and sexuality; Hebrew Bible; Pop Culture
Professional Website: http://www.kelseyerinwallace.com/


Amiel H. Wayne

Program Area: Theological and Philosophical Studies in Religion
Research Interests: Philosophy of Religion; Phenomenology; Religion and Ecology; Aesthetics; Queer Theory
Professional Website: https://amielhartwayne.wordpress.com/


Susan Woolever

Email Address: swoolever@drew.edu
Program Area: Religion & Society, ABD
Research Interests: Christian Social Ethics; Religious Ethic; Childist and Feminist Theory; Sexual Ethics; Trauma Theory; Mental Health


Yajenlemla

Email Address: yyajenlemla@drew.edu
Program Area:
Bible & Cultures
Research Interests: 
New Testament Studies; Purity Culture; Postcolonial Biblical Criticism; Cultural Studies

Recent Alumni

Elyse Ambrose

Email Address: eambrose@drew.edu
Program Area: Religion & Society, ABD
Dissertation Title: “Black Queer Ethics: Integrative Communality as Liberative Christian Sexual Ethics”
Research Interests: Christian sexual ethics; Black queer ethics; Black feminism; Womanism; Black modernists; Black religious histories; Afro-diasporic spiritualities
Professional Website: elyseambrose.com


Ericka Shawndricka Dunbar

Email Address: edunbar@drew.edu
Program Area: Bible & Cultures, ABD
Dissertation Title: “Trafficking Hadassah: An Africana Reading of Collective Trauma, Memory and Identity in the Book of Esther”
Research Interests: Religion and Social Change; Africana Biblical Studies; Africana Diaspora Studies; Trauma Studies; Ethics; Cultural Studies; Women’s Studies; Gender-based violence; Women and children in the Bible; Human trafficking discourses; the role and impact of religion on individual and collective/cultural identities


Elizabeth Siegelman

Email Address: esiegelman@drew.edu
Program Area: Bible & Cultures, ABD
Dissertation Title: “Whose Gotta Have It? Race, Gender, and Violence in the Song of Songs”
Research Interests: Women, Gender, and Sexuality in the ancient Near East; Reading the Bible through the Lens of Trauma; the Bible and Incarceration; the Bible and Popular Culture