Our graduate students have gone on to pursue a variety of careers, taking with them the knowledge and skills cultivated in the Department of Religious Studies. Here is an update on a few of our former M.A. students.
Dr. Matthew W. Mitchell completed his Master’s Degree in Hebrew Bible in 2000 under the directorship of Dr. Michael DeRoche with a thesis on the book of Hosea (this thesis subsequently appeared in revised form in Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 29.1 :115-127). He earned his Ph.D in 2005 from Temple University’s Department of Religion, and has taught undergraduate classes at Temple University, Dalhousie University, and Brock University. He is currently Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Canisius College of Buffalo, New York. He has published scholarly articles in Hebrew Bible, New Testament, Patristics, and popular culture, as well as one major monograph (Abortion and the Apostolate: A Study in Pauline Conversion and Rhetoric [Gorgias Press, paperback 2014]).
Dr. Janna Rosales received her M.A. in Religious Studies in 2002 under the supervision of Dr. Michael Shute with a thesis entitled Method in Ecology: Bernard Lonergan and Catholic Environmental Ethics. She graduated with her doctorate from the University of Toronto where she studied the social and ethical implications of nanotechnology. Her philosophical influences include the thought of George Grant, Bernard Lonergan, Jacques Ellul, and Ursula Franklin, which she uses in her work at the crossroads of the sciences and humanities. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Memorial University, teaching courses in professionalism, communication, and ethics and doing research into the links between leadership development, civic engagement, social justice, mindfulness, and dialogue in engineering education.
David S. Williams received his M.A. in Religious Studies in 2002 under the supervisorship of Dr. David J. Hawkin for a thesis entitled Jon Sobrino and the Quest of the Historical Jesus. He then completed a law degree from the University of Ottawa in 2005. He is currently practicing law as a partner with O’Dea Earle Law Offices in St. John's, NL. David’s practice encompasses injury, residential and commercial real estate and employment law. He also maintains a vibrant small business practice which includes incorporation, corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions..
Dr. Catherine Walsh earned her M.A. in Religious Studies in 2004 for a thesis entitled Prophet in a Righteous Land: George W. Bush’s Rhetoric and the Hebrew Bible, under the supervision of Dr. Kim Ian Parker. Subsequently, she completed her doctorate in Political Communication at Goldsmiths’ College, University of London, researching the British government's rhetoric in support of their financial sector. Today she is a permanent faculty member in the Media, Culture, Heritage Unit of Newcastle University in the United Kingdom..