Former Graduate Students
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.
Matthew W. Mitchell
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
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..
Dr. Matt Sheedy completed his M.A. thesis entitled Locke's Inheritors: On the Dilemmas of Religious Toleration in 2007 under the supervision of Dr. Kim Ian Parker. He finished his Ph.D in 2015 at the University of Manitoba, focusing on Jürgen Habermas's theory of religion in the public sphere. His current work looks at theories of religion and secularism and how they are contested within Euro-Western societies by non-dominant groups such as Muslim and Native North Americans. Matt also edits the Bulletin for the Study of Religion blog, and is co-editor of the Method and Theory sections at Religion Compass and Religious Studies Review.
Andrew Monteith received his M.A. in Religious Studies in 2010, completing a thesis with Dr. Hans Rollmann entitled 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.
Meagan White received her M.A. in Religious Studies at MUN in 2011. She completed her research project, entitled The Post-conversion Social Experiences of New Muslims in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, under the supervision of Dr. Jennifer Selby. Her research described the unique social experiences of Muslims who converted within the small Islamic community in St. John’s and also highlighted differences between the post-conversion social experiences of male and female converts. After spending two years volunteering with adults with developmental disabilities in Scotland, Meagan is now pursuing a career in medicine and will graduate with a Doctor of Medicine degree from MUN in 2017. She is currently leading a research project entitled Recruiting Rural Physicians: Influencing Factors from a Student Perspective and hopes to work as a physician in an under-served area. Meagan expects that the communication and cultural sensitivity skills she developed through completing her M.A. will be invaluable in her medical career.
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 Ph.D 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.
Trevor Pomeroy completed his M.A. in Religious Studies in 2014 under the supervision of Dr. Kim Ian Parker with a thesis entitled ‘As Commander of the Army of the Lord I have Now Come’: Joshua 5:13-6:27 as War Narrative in Context. He is a recipient of Memorial University’s Rothermere Fellowship and is currently a doctoral student at the University of Oxford, England. Using a sociological approach his current research contextualizes biblical accounts of warfare within the ancient Near East, particularly amongst Assyrian, Hittite and Egyptian descriptions of war. His wider interests include biblical hermeneutics, sociology of warfare, Semitic philology, and the formation of the Hebrew Bible..