Our graduate students have gone on to purse 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.
David S. Williams received his Master of Arts in Religious Studies in 2002 under the supervisorship of Dr. David J. Hawkin for a thesis titled "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.
Andrew Monteith received his MA in Religious Studies in 2010, completing a thesis with Dr. Hans Rollmann titled "The Light and the Night: An Ethnographic Examination of Spiritual Warfare." He is now continuing his studies as a Religious Studies doctoral student at Indiana University, with a minor in American Studies. Andrew is on the "Religion in the Americas" track. Here he focuses on contemporary Charismatic and Pentecostal healing practices and demonology, as well as other contemporary forms of Western Esotericism, such as Neopaganism, Neoshamanism, and alternative medicine.
See Andrew's recent contribution on The Religious Studies Project here.
Janna Rosales is an alumna of the Department of Religious studies where she obtained both her undergraduate and masters degrees. 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.
Pamela Andrews completed her M.A. thesis in Religious Studies - entitled, *"Ain't No Spook God": Religiosity in The Nation of Gods and Earths* - in 2013 under the supervision of Dr. Jennifer Porter. Her research addressed an under-studied offshoot of the Nation of Islam whose theology has a disproportionate influence over hip hop music and North American culture. Pam is currently pursuing a PhD in Religious Studies through the Wilfred Laurier /University of Waterloo joint program in Religious Diversity in North America. Her dissertation work will examine performances of spiritual identity through Indigenous hip hop music in Canada. More broadly, she's interested in religion and popular culture, popular music, marginalized populations, Indigenous religious traditions in Canada, postcolonial and postmodernist theories, diaspora studies, and social justice./p>