Our PhD Students

 

Our PhD Students

Ren Aguila

Email Address: raguila@drew.edu
Program Area: Theological and Philosophical Study of Religion
Research Interests: Ecclesiology; Theological Methods; Contemporary Philosophical Hermeneutics; Diaspora Studies; Religion and the Arts; Public Theology; Liturgical Theology
Professional Website: https://www.linkedin.com/mwlite/in/renaguila

Biography: Ren’s philosophical and psychological background led him on a long and winding path to theology. After several years working in various fields, including cultural journalism, he studied at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA. There, he became familiar with the history and experience of diaspora Filipinos in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Gonzalo Alers

Email Address: galers@drew.edu
Program Area: Bible and Cultures
Research Interests: The Gospels; The Book of Revelation; Early Christianity; Non-Canonical Literature; Postcolonial and Decolonial Biblical Criticism


Michael Anderson

Email Address: manderson3@drew.edu
Program Area: Theological and Philosophical Study of Religion
Research Interests: Philosophies of friendship, desire, and intimacy; Ethics; Popular Culture, esp. television and game studies; Queer Theory; Letters and letter-writing; Mysticism


Lisa Asedillo

Email Address: lisasedillo@gmail.com
Program Area: Religion and Society, ABD
Dissertation Title “Decolonial Hope as Praxis: Pedagogical Strategies of Freedom in the Philippines”
Research Interests: Race and Decoloniality; US-Philippine Relations/US Empire History; Asian American Christian Ethics/Transpacific Studies; Postcolonial Feminist Theo-Ethics; Queer of Color Critique


Gum Jat Awng

Email Address: gawng@drew.edu
Program Area: Theological and Philosophical Studies in Religion
Research Interests: Postcolonial Theory; Liberation Theologies; Process Philosophy; New Materialism


Hunter Bragg

Email Address: hbragg@drew.edu
Program Area: Theological and Philosophical Study of Religion ABD
Dissertation Title: “Condemning Whom We Do Not Know: A Political Theology of Plea Bargaining in American Criminal Justice”
Research Interests: Political Theology; Theologies and Practices of Christian Confessor; Apophatic Theology; Theological Anthropology; the American Prison-Industrial Complex; American Plea Bargaining
Professional Website: https://drew.academia.edu/HBragg


Benjamin Bixler

Email Address: bbixler@drew.edu
Program Area: Bible and 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


Weizhen Chen

Email Address: wchen1@drew.edu
Program Area: Theological and Philosophical Study of Religion
Research Interests: Political Theology; Liberation Theology; Black Theology; Process Philosophy; Postcolonial and Decolonial Studies; Mohism; Politics of China


Andrew Deeb

Email Address: adeeb@drew.edu
Program Area: Bible and Cultures
Research Interests: Hebrew Bible; Wisdom Literature; Trans Studies; Affect Theory; Bible and Popular Media


Damien Pascal Domenack

Email Address: ddomenack@drew.edu
Program Area: Religion and Society
Research Interests: Black Atlantic; Dance and Performance; Christian Sexual Ethics; Decoloniality, Critical Theory, Liberation Theology; LGBTQI+ Ministry; Pastoral Theology; Queer/Trans Theory


Brigid Dwyer

Email Address: bdwyer@drew.edu
Program Area: Bible and Cultures
Research Interest: New Testament Studies; Pauline Studies; Spirit-Flesh Binary; Feminist and Queer Theories


Hunter Edwards

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


Lindsay Grass

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


Luke Grote

Email Address: wlgrote@gmail.com
Program Area: Theological and Philosophical Studies in Religion, ABD
Dissertation Title: The Self That Therefore I Am Not: Jacques Lacan, Zen Buddhism, and the Practice of Subjectivity
Research Interests: Jacques Lacan; Zen Buddhism; Continental Philosophy; Spirituality


Eun Han

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


Simeiqi He 何斯美琪

Email Address: she1@drew.edu
Program Area: Religion and Society, ABD
Dissertation Title: “‘The Living Flame of Love’: A Post-Critical Moral Theology of Marriage”
Research Interests: Theological Ethics/Moral Theology/Christian Ethics; Social Ethics; Catholic Social Thought; Comparative Religious Ethics; Spirituality and Mysticism; Continental Philosophy; Chinese Thought; Literary and Cultural Theory; Critical Theory; Marriage and Family; Gender and Sexuality; Environmental Ethics; Bioethics; Peace-building; Contemporary China


Wren Hillis

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


Esther Inuwa

Email Address: einuwa@drew.edu
Program Area: Bible and Cultures
Research Interests: New Testament Studies; African/a studies; Womanist/Gender Hermeneutics; Postcolonial and Decolonial Theory; Revelation; Empire; Apocalyptic Studies


Nicholas A. Johnson

Email Address: njohnson2@drew.edu
Program Area: Bible and 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 Study of 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 Study of Religion
Research Interests: Political Theology; Process Philosophy; Postcolonial Theory; Women’s and Gender Studies; Confucianism; Daoism; Methodist and Wesleyan Studies


Jung Ae Kim

Email Address: jkim19@drew.edu
Program Area: Bible and Cultures, ABD
Research Interests: Hebrew Bible; Ecological Hermeneutics; Animal Studies; Feminist Studies


Shin-Young Kim

Program Area: Theological and Philosophical Study of Religion
Research Interests: Eco-Theology; Political Theology; New Materialism


Patrick A. Kelly

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


Minenhle Nomalungelo Khumalo

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


Tsz Him Lai

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


Tzu Yu Lin

Email Address: tlin1@drew.edu
Program Area: Bible and Cultures
Research Interests: Gospels; Decolonial Theory; Taiwanese Contextual Interpretation; Postcolonial Theory; Political Activism; De-Chinization in Taiwan


Jennifer Maidrand

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


Hilary McKane

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


J.D. R. Mechelke

Email Address: jmechelke@drew.edu
Program Area: Theological and Philosophical Study of Religion
Research Interests: Political theology; Anthropocene; Queer Theories and Theologies; Continental Philosophy; Information and Technology Studies; Negative and Radical Theologies; Lutheran Theologies
Professional Website: https://jdmechelke.academia.edu/


abby mohaupt

Email Address: amohaupt@drew.edu
Program Area: Religion and Society, ABD
Research Interests: Climate Change; Social Movements; Religious leadership in the public sphere; Public Action; Critical Race Theory; Gender; Ecology; Reformed Theology
Professional Website: www.abbymohaupt.com


Isabella Novsima

Email Address: inovsima@drew.edu
Program Area: Theological and Philosophical Study of 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 and Cultures
Research Interests: New Testament Studies; Comparative Study of Mealtime Fellowship in the New Testament; Greco-Roman Antiquity and West African Mealtime Traditions; Bible and Cultural Studies; The Portrait of Children in New Testament Discourses


D. Scott Ostlund

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


Erin Parks

Email Address: eparks@drew.edu
Program Area: Theological and Philosophical Study of Religion
Research Interests: Affect Theory; Racism and Whiteness; New Materialisms; Pantheologies; Postcolonial and Decolonial Studies


Brock Perry

Email Address: bperry@drew.edu
Program Area: Theological and Philosophical Study of Religion, ABD
Dissertation Title: Critical Spirituality
Research Interests: Continental Philosophy; Gender and Sexuality Studies; History and Theories of the Secular and Critique; History of Christian Theology; Spirituality; Epistemologies of Truth; Activism and Social Change


Beth Quick

Email Address: bquick@drew.edu
Program Area: Religion and Society
Research Interests: Animal Studies; Christianity and Ecology; Ecogrief; Social Movements; Ecofeminism; Ecowomanism; Food Ethics


Dawrell Rich

Email Address: drich@drew.edu
Program Area: Religion and 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/


Brandan J. Robertson

Email Address: brobertson@drew.edu
Program Area: Bible and Cultures
Research Interests: Sexuality and Gender in the New Testament; Masculinity Studies; Queer Theology; the Greco-Roman World
Professional Website: https://www.brandanrobertson.com


Kenia Vanessa Rodriguez

Email Address: krodriguez1@drew.edu
Program Area: Religion and Society
Research Interests: Liberation and Postcolonial Theologies; Decoloniality; Decolonial Feminist Theology; Mujerista Theology; Christian Social Ethics; Cultural Studies; Critical Race Theory; Bioethics in Latino/a communities


Rose Sharon

Email Address: rsharon@drew.edu
Program Area: Theological and Philosophical Study of Religion
Research Interests: Process, Liberation, and Death of God Theologies; Anti-Racist and Abolitionist Praxis; Queer and Trans Studies; Integral Ecology; Critical Animal Studies; Anti- and Post-Capitalism; Mysticism and the Esoteric; Heresy; Comparative Religion; Decoloniality; Posthumanism


Dan Siedell

Email Address: dsiedell@drew.edu
Program Area: Theological and Philosophical Study of 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.


Sin Lung Tong

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


AJ Turner

Email Address: aturner1@drew.edu
Program Area: Theological and Philosophical Study of 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 Study of Religion
Research Interests: Ecotheology; The Theology of Karl Barth; Process Thought; Liberation Theologies; Animal Ethics


Kelsey Erin Wallace

Email Address: kwallace1@drew.edu
Program Area: Bible and Cultures, ABD
Dissertation Title: “Remembering the Future: Exodus, Science Fiction, and the Strategies of Memory”
Research Interests: Science Fiction; 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 Study of 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 and 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 and 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 and Society
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


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
Dissertation Title: “Under Control: Theology, Mastery, and the Autopoiesis of Masculine Identities”
Research Interests: Theological Imagination; Gender-based violence; Genocide and Holocaust Studies; Pedagogy; Historical Theology


Ericka Shawndricka Dunbar

Email Address: edunbar@drew.edu
Program Area: Bible and Cultures
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


Alice Kim

Email Address: akim5@drew.edu
Program Area: Theological and Philosophical Studies in Religion
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


Seong Hyun Lee

Email Address: 777slee@gmail.com
Program Area: Religion and Society
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


Rory McEntee

Email Address: rmcentee21@gmail.com
Program Area: Theological and Philosophical Studies in Religion
Dissertation Title: “For the Time Being: Religion, Secularity, (Inter)Spirituality, and 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


Austin Roberts

Email Address: aroberts2@drew.edu
Program Area: Theological and Philosophical Studies in Religion
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 and Society
Research Interests: Feminist and Womanist social ethics; Sexual ethics; Youth and young adults; Evangelical purity culture; History of sexuality
Professional Website: http://laurendsawyer.com/


Elizabeth Siegelman

Email Address: esiegelman@drew.edu
Program Area: Bible and Cultures
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


Eric A. Thomas

Email Address: EThomas623@gmail.com
Program Area: Bible and Cultures
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
Dissertation Title: “Cyborg Trans/criptions: gender, disability, and the image of God”
Research Interests: Disability; queer theory; trans studies; STS; theological anthropology
Professional Website: maxthornton.me


O’neil Van Horn

Email Address: ovanhorn@drew.edu
Program Area: Theological and Philosophical Studies in Religion
Dissertation Title: “On the ground: terrestrial theopoetics, environmental justice, and the anthropocene”
Research Interests: Ecotheology; Political Theology; Process Philosophy; Poststructuralism; New Materialisms; Critical Race Studies; Queer Theory
Professional Website: http://ovanhorn.com