PhD Candidates

Below is a select group of SHPRS PhD candidates. This group has passed their comps and had their prospectus approved, as well as opted in to having their information shared on this page. 

History

William Holly

PhD Track: Modern United States Culture, Law, and Race
Dissertation Title: The Mountain Is Part of Us: The Legal & Cultural Conflicts Over Development on Arizona’s San Francisco Peaks, 1970-1984
Advisor: Julian Lim
Publications:  “Good Country Music From Amarillo and Abilene: West Texas and the Creation of Modern Country Music.” West Texas Journal of History vol. VII, 2019.
Presentations: "Lubbock Calling: Alternative Music in the Hub City" West Texas Historical Association Conference, Spring 2020
“West Texas & Country Music,” West Texas History Symposium Spring 2019
Awards Received: Jo Stewart Randel Research Grant, West Texas A&M University, Center for the Study of the American West, Summer 2019
Graduate Research Grant, Arizona State University, School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies, 2018
Graduate Excellence Grant, Arizona State University, School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies, 2018
 

Philosophy

Rachel Levit Ades

Dissertation Title: Why Access Matters: Disability Accommodations As A Matter of Justice
Advisor: Joan McGregor
Publications:  "An End To Blind Review" APA Diversity & Inclusiveness Blog Post Feb 20, 2020 
Presentations: "The New (Old) Social Model of Disability" UNCA 3rd Biennial Philosophy of Disability Conference, March 2020
ASU Institute for Humanities Research (IHR) Presenter, March 2019, Un/Knowing Disability Title: “Emancipatory Disability Studies and a Place for Academic Philosophy”
“Human Beings, or, The Modern Hephaestus: A Better Perspective On Emerging Technology and Disability,” April 2018 Section: Disability Studies: Fanfic and Myth New Visions Graduate Conference: University of Arizona
“Visualizing A Deaf City,” April 2016 Section: Seeing Disability New Visions Graduate Conference, University of Arizona
Awards Received: First Place Essay Winner, Disability Ethics Affinity Group, Fall 2018 American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH) “Against the Statue in the Stone: Disability Identity and the Counterfactual Account of Harm” ASBH Annual Conference, Anaheim, CA
ASU IHR Research Grant Recipient, Spring 2018 Presenter at Well-Being Roundtable Discussion Paper: “Disability Identity and Harm”
Website: rachellevitades.com

Aubrey C. Spivey

Dissertation Title: Justice, Model-Deviancy, and Prison Policy
Advisor: Joan McGregor
Publications:  Jennings, Carolyn Dicey; Fronda, Regino; Hunter, M. A.; Johnson King, Zoe; Spivey, Aubrey & Wilson, Sharai (2019). The Diversity and Inclusivity Survey: Final Report. APA Grants.
Spivey, A. C. (Winter 2018). Sommer, Talmer, Why Honor Matters. Reason Papers. Vol. 40, No. 2.
Presentations: “Disability, Mental Health, and Incarceration” Annual Graduate Philosophy Conference at Arizona State University, 2020
“Reason, Truth, and Counterexample” Women in Pragmatism International Conference at the Universitat de Barcelona, 2020
“Applying Abstract Principles and Getting it Wrong in the Case of Female Prisons” Intermountain Philosophy Conference at Weber State University, 2016
“Is Herman's Integration of Moral Education in a Kantian Framework Successful?” 61st Annual Meeting of the Florida Philosophical Association, 2015
“Is Herman's Integration of Moral Education in a Kantian Framework Successful?” 16th Annual Graduate Conference at Michigan State University, 2015
“Women in Prisons: A Gender Discrimination Case Study” UF/FSU Annual Graduate Philosophy Conference at the University of Florida, 2014 
“Annual Session on Teaching ‘Philosophy on the Inside: Teaching in Prison’” the 65th Annual Meeting of the Florida Philosophical Association, 2019
ASU Prison Volunteer Panel” the 7th Annual Prison Education Conference, 2018; Public Philosophy 
“Women, Prison, and Policy” SHEROES United Volunteer Reginal Meeting.
“Ethics and Star Wars: Right and Wrong in a Galaxy Far, Far Away” Phoenix Comic-Con, 2017
Awards Received: Arizona State University Graduate College Fellowship, Spring 2020
Arizona State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Student Leaders, 2019
Arizona Department of Corrections Educational Volunteer of the Year, 2019 
Connected Academics Pitch Competition, April 2019
NEH Institute Workshop on “Writing for a Broader Audience” at Arizona State University, 2019
Arizona State University Graduate College Fellowship, Spring 2019
Arizona State University Graduate College Fellowship, Fall 2018
Arizona State University Graduate Fellowship, Fall 2018
Website: acspivey.com

Religious Studies

Eric Breault

PhD Track: Anthropology of Religion
Dissertation Title: An Icon of Death: Material Culture and La Santa Muerte
Advisor: Miguel Astor-Aguilera
Presentations: Death as Lived Religion in Mexico. Presented at the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting in Denver, CO. November 18, 2018
Christian Antecedents of La Santa Muerte. Presented at the American Association of Anthropology Annual Meeting in Denver, CO. November 21, 2015
Los Santos en México. Presented at La Conferencia, Por una educación sin fronteras at La Universidad Internacional: The Center for Linguistic and Multicultural Studies in Cuernavaca, Morelos, México. June 25, 2015
The Grim Reaper as Religious Icon. Presented at the International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI. May 16, 2015
Geographic Information Systems in Digital Humanities Workshop Arizona State University, Fall 2017
Awards Received: 2020 Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict Research Award, Arizona State University 2020
University Graduate Fellowship Award, Arizona State University 2019
University Graduate Fellowship Award, Arizona State University 2018
University Graduate Fellowship Award, Arizona State University 2017
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Doctoral Fellowship First-Generation College Graduates, Arizona State University 2017
University Graduate Fellowship Award, Arizona State University 2016
University Graduate Fellowship Award, Arizona State University 2015
Graduate Travel Award, Arizona State University 2015
Graduate Travel Award, Arizona State University 2014
Medieval Graduate Student Award, Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Arizona State University

Beiyin Deng

PhD Track: Anthropology of Religion
Dissertation Title: Journey to the Other: Trading Marble Buddhist Images Across the Sino-Burmese Border
Advisor: Juliane Schober
Publications:  Review of The Buddha’s Wizards: Magic, Protection, and Healing in Burmese Buddhism, by Thomas Nathan Patton. Journal of Dharma Studies, Springer, July 2020
Presentations: SEAP Graduate Student Conference, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY,  “From ‘Burmese Marble’ to ‘Burmese White Jade’: The Cultural Repertoires Behind the Trade of Marble Buddhist Images from Myanmar to China”March 2020
2nd Annual Graduate Symposium, Graduate Association for Religion Studies, ASU, “Sacred Objects and Commodities: Possibilities of the Study of Buddha Images in Myanmar," April 2018
Awards Received: ASU Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) Travel Grant, 2020
ASU School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies Fall Research Grant, 2019
ASU School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies Spring Research Grant, 2019
ASU Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) Travel Grant, 2019
ASU Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) Travel Grant, 2018
ASU School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies Spring Research Grant, 2018
ASU Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) Travel Grant, 2018
University of Wisconsin-Madison Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute Tuition Scholarship, 2017
ASU School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies Spring Research Grant, 2017
ASU Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) Travel Grant, 2017
ASU Graduate Education Travel Grant, 2016
Website: dengbeiyin.org

Blayne K. Harcey

PhD Track: Religions of Asia
Dissertation Title: Locating Lumbiniī: Transnational Buddhism and the Construction of World Heritage in Nepal
Advisor: Juliane Schober
Presentations: Relics Traces and Indexes The Politics of Territory and the Construction of Memory in Encounter at Sri Pada, Presented to the “Space, Place and Religion: Mountaineering Religion in Asia & Beyond” section at the American Academy of Religion General Conference, November 2016
Website: asu.academia.edu/BlayneHarcey

Mu-Lung Hsu

PhD Track: Anthropology of Religion
Dissertation Title: Engaging Suffering: Free Funeral Service Societies and a Socially Engaged Buddhist Soteriology in Contemporary Myanmar
Advisor: Juliane Schober
Publications:  Making Merit, Making Civil Society: Free Funeral Service Societies and Merit-Making in Contemporary Myanmar. Journal of Burma Studies, vol. 23, no. 1 (2019): 1-36.
(book note) Battling the Buddhe of Love: A Cultural Biography of the Greatest Statue Never Built. By Falcone, Jessica Marie. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2018. Pp. Xv + 303. Religious Studies Review 45(3): 410. 
(book note) Buddhist Law in Burma: A History Of Dhammasattha Texts and Jurisprudence, 1250‐1850. By D. Christian Lammerts. Honolulu: University of Hawaiʻi Press, 2018. Pp. Xi + 288. Religious Studies Review 45(2): 249.
Presentations: Saving Others, Saving Ourselves: "Buddhist" Social Welfare Organizations in Contemporary Myanmar. Presented on March 21 at the 2020 American Asian Studies Annual Conference, Boston, MA. (canceled due to COVID-19)
Free Funeral for All: Free Funeral Service Societies and Social Inclusion in Myanmar. Presented on March 21 at the 2019 American Asian Studies Annual Conference, Denver, CO.
Merit-Making in Civil Society: Myanmar’s Free Funeral Service Societies and New Humanitarianism. Presented on March 22 at Inaugural Theravada Studies Conference 2018, Washington, D.C.
Awards Received: The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Dissertation Fellowships in Buddhist Studies, 2020
Website: car.clas.asu.edu/content/mu-lung-hsu

Isobel-Marie Johnston

PhD Track:  Anthropology of Religion
Dissertation Title: Immersion Healing in the context of American Jewish concepts of ritual, body, and healing
Advisor:
 Joel Gereboff
Publications:  “Out of the mikvah and onto to a PhD” San Diego Jewish World, January 5, 2021 “Dressing the Part: Ethics of Insider/Outsider Attire for the Ethnography of American-Jewish Niddah” Fieldwork in Religion: Special Issues Ethics in Fieldwork 12:2 (2018) 179-203.
The History of Niddah in America as Social Drama: Genealogy of a Ritual Practice (Thesis, 2016)
Presentations: “Feminism and the Menstrual Other” Arizona State University – School of Social Transformation Graduate Student Conference, March 2019
“Niddah and Marriage as Conscious Mind” American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, November 2018
“Jewish Marriage in Corporeal Time: the rhythm and rhyme of Niddah” Society for Anthropology of Religion Annual Meeting, May 2017
“Embodying Jewish Sexuality: Interpretations of Contemporary Niddah Practice” University of Texas – Austin Multidisciplinary Graduate Conference: Embodiment, Corporeality, and the Senses in Religion, April 2017
“Niddah Apologetics as a War Between the Sexes” Arizona State University Graduate Association of Religious Studies 2017 Symposium: Interactions and Resistances, April 2017
“The Menstrual Other: Reorienting Scholarship on Menstrual Rituals” University of North Carolina—Charlotte Graduate Conference on Religion and the Other, March 2016 
“Jewish Purity Laws as a Template for Environmental Consciousness” Northwestern University Department of Religious Studies Graduate Conference on Religion and the Natural Elements, October 2014
Awards Received: 2019 Great Students Graduate Fellowship ($2000) Arizona State University – Jewish Studies Funding my attendance at the Advanced Summer School for Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, Israel, July 2019.
2019 SHPRS Research Grant ($1500) Funding triad membership with American Academy of Anthropology (AAA) with the following relevant subsection memberships: Association of Feminist Anthropology (AFA) and Society for the Anthropology of Religion (SAR) and attendance at SAR Biennial Conference in Toronto, Canada, May 2019.
2018 Great Students Graduate Fellowship ($2000) Arizona State University – Jewish Studies Funding pilot research survey of menstrual practices in the Jewish community of Greater Phoenix 2015 “A Collective Vision: Manifesto for the Humanities in the 21st Century” Arizona State University—Institute for Humanities Research: Graduate Student Essay Competition
2002 “Diverse Goals, Common Routes” Illinois State University— Council of Teacher Education: Academic Essay Competition
Website: researchgate.net
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M. Rofiq Muzakkir

PhD Track: Islamic Studies
Dissertation Title: Muslim Scholar's Discourse on Usurpation of Power: between Tradition and Modernity
Advisor:
 Chad Haines
Publications:  Understanding the Discourse of ʿAlī Jumʿah on the Military Coup During the Arab Spring in Egypt
Presentations: The Politics of Islamic Orthodoxy in Indonesia and the Case of Millah Ibrahim, presented at the 16th Annual Duke-UNC Middle East and Islamic Studies Conference Muslim Scholar's Discourse on Taghallub: an Intertextual Approach, presented the Summer Student Program (SSP) held by the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), Virginia.
Awards Received: Graduate Excellence Award from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Arizona State University, 2019. University Graduate Fellowship Award, Arizona State University 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021. Fulbright doctoral scholarship, 2017-2020.