Meet the News Editors

Nicholas Dion

I am currently a doctoral candidate at the Centre for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto. My research interests include psychoanalytic thought, theories of space, religion in the public sphere, and the philosophy of Peter Sloterdijk. My dissertation teases out the spatial dimensions of Freudian psychoanalysis. More information about me, my work, and my many activities can be found online here.

Paula Bowles

In 2007, I graduated from the University of Northampton with a First Class degree in Criminology. Currently, I am studying MA History of Medicine at Oxford Brookes University.

My research interests primarily focus on issues of exclusion, religious and racial intolerance, the Holocaust, historical explanations for crime and criminality, together with eugenics.

Post graduation, my dissertation entitled “Thinking the Unthinkable”: Criminology and the Holocaust was published by the Holocaust Education and Archive Research Team.

More recently, I have contributed a book review to the journal Totalitarian Movements and Political Religions 9, 4, (2008), and have also been commissioned to proofread various academic texts including A Fascist Century: Essays by Roger Griffin (ed. Matthew Feldman), Palgrave, Basingstoke, 2008.

Erfan Sabeti

I hold a First Class Bachelor’s degrees in Pharmacy & Bahai Studies from the Bahai Institute of Higher Education (BIHE), Iran. I also have a Master’s degree, with Distinction, in Religious Studies from Lancaster University, UK, where I am currently working on a PhD thesis, Globalization of the Bahai Faith and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 1960.

My research interests lie at the intersection of globalization and religion, particularly the rise and fall of new religious movements in the globalized world.

I have translated some 20 books into Farsi, including Justice as Fairness (John Rawls), Liquid Love (Zygmunt Bauman), Fashionable Nonsense: Postmodern Intellectuals’ Abuse of Science (Alan Sokal & Jean Bricmont), The Meditations (Marcus Aurelius), The Art of Always Being Right (Arthur Schopenhauer), and The Decalogue (Krzysztof Kieslowski).

Daniel Dillard

Daniel DillardI am currently a doctoral student and instructor in American Religious History at Florida State University. I hold a bachelor’s degree from Hendrix College in Religion and English and a master’s degree in Religious Studies from the University of Denver (which was also kind enough to employ me as an advisor to students). My research interests focus primarily on religious liberals, Islam, and intolerance.

Lauren Gray

Lauren GrayI am a doctoral student in American Religious History in the Department of Religion at Florida State University, where I teach an undergraduate survey course entitled Religion in America. My academic interests focus mainly on the ways in which conceptions of the body make possible certain conceptions of the self in the eighteenth-century Atlantic World. When I am not studying the eighteenth century, I am interested in more contemporary issues like the relationship between gender and theology in evangelical Christianity.

Shawn Young

Shawn Young_Michiganstate 16902I hold the Ph.D. in American Studies from Michigan State University, the M.A. in American Culture Studies from Washington University, St. Louis, and the B.S. in Music Industry Studies from Appalachian State University.  My current research deals with 20th Century evangelicalism, communal studies, countercultural religion, popular music, the emergent church, and the Evangelical Left.  Selected publications include entries in ABC-CLIO’s World History Encyclopedia; “911 and Christian Rock,” in September 11 in Popular Culture. Ed. S. Quay and A. Damico. Santa Barbara: Greenwood, 2010; chapters in a forthcoming anthology titled Cult Pop Culture; and a chapter in Culture/Counter-culture: Festivals and Faires in America. Ed. Kimberly Tony Korol-Evans. The Edwin Mellen Press.

Cara Burnidge

Cara BurnidgeCurrently, I am a doctoral student in American Religious History at Florida State University. I hold a bachelor’s degree in History from Washburn University and a master’s degree in Religion from Florida State University. My research interests include religious liberalism, religion and politics, and the relationship between religion and charity. Though my research focuses primarily on the United States, I also have been an instructor for World Religions with attention to globalization, religious nationalism, and religious violence.

Natalie Winslow

Natalie WinslowI recently finished my master’s degree in Religious Studies at the University of California, Riverside, where I taught both Religious Studies and English Composition courses. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Denver in 2002. My areas of interest include global Buddhism, new religious movements, gender and sexuality in religion, lived religions, ethnography, and postcolonial studies. I have conducted field research in Thailand and throughout Southern California, paying special attention to places of tension between individuals’ religious identities and socio-economic identities.

Megan Goodwin

I am a doctoral candidate in Religion and Culture at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I hold master’s degrees in Religious Studies (UNC) and Women’s Studies (Drew University), as well as a B.S. in Print Journalism (Boston University). My current research focuses on sexual transgression and American religious alterity. More broadly, my research interests include new religious movements and critical theories of literature, sex/gender/sexuality, and the western body.

Stan Thayne

Stan ThayneI am finishing up a master’s degree in U.S. History at Brigham Young University this summer and will be starting a doctoral program in Religious Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill in Fall 2009. I am still trying to figure out exactly what I do: my research interests include New Religious Movements, Metaphysical Religion, Western Esotericism, and I of course do Mormonism too (born and raised in Utah). The research I most enjoy is visiting meetings and sites of New Religions–being lived now or having been lived in the past–whether in Chicago, Montana, or southern Utah, or elsewhere.

I hold the Ph.D. in American Studies from Michigan State University, the M.A. in American Culture Studies from Washington University, St. Louis, and the B.S. in Music Industry Studies from Appalachian State University.  My current research deals with 20th Century evangelicalism, communal studies, countercultural religion, popular music, the emergent church, and the Evangelical Left.  Selected publications include entries in ABC-CLIO’s World History Encyclopedia; “911 and Christian Rock,” in September 11 in Popular Culture. Ed. S. Quay and A. Damico. Santa Barbara: Greenwood, 2010; chapters in a forthcoming anthology titled Cult Pop Culture; and a chapter in Culture/Counter-culture: Festivals and Faires in America. Ed. Kimberly Tony Korol-Evans. The Edwin Mellen Press.
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