Dissertations Defended

Graduate dissertations and theses from 2000 to present.

2018

Dissertations Defended 2018
NAME TITLE ADVISOR TYPE
Gwendolyn Gillson The Buddhist Ties of Japanese Women: Crafting Relationships Between Nuns and Laywomen  Morten Schlutter / Melissa Curley PhD Dissertation

2017

NAME TITLE ADVISOR TYPE
Dissertations Defended 2017

Brandon Dean

‘Look Up in the Sky:’ Superman as Lived in Religion in Contemporary American Culture

Richard Turner

PhD Dissertation

John Kennedy

En el Nombre de Dlos: Baroque Piety, Local Religion,

and the Last Will and Testament in Late Colonial Monterrey

Raymond Mentzer

PhD Dissertation

Kyle Dieleman

The Battle for the Sabbath in the Dutch Reformation: Devotion or Desecration

Raymond Mentzer

PhD Dissertation

Kayla Wheeler

How YouTube Made The Hijab Cool: Race, Gender, And Authority In The American Ummah

Richard Turner & Kristy Nabhan-Warren

PhD Dissertation

2016

 
NAME TITLE ADVISOR TYPE
Dissertations Defended 2016

Sumeyye Pakdil Kesgin

Profile of Power: Muslim and Turkish Women as Political Leaders

Ahmed Souaiaia

PhD Dissertation

2015

 
NAME TITLE ADVISOR TYPE
Dissertations Defended 2015

David Greder

Providence and the 1641 Irish Rebellion

Raymond Mentzer

PhD Dissertation

Patricia Johnston

The Church on Amenian Street: Capuchin Friars, the British East India Company, and the Second Church of Colonial Madras

Frederick Smith

PhD Dissertation

2014

Dissertations Defended 2014
NAME TITLE ADVISOR TYPE
Stephen Scheperle

Distinguishing Saints from Sinners, Shepherds from Sheep, and Supervisors from Servants:
Differentiating the Community in Sixteenth-Century Geneva

Raymond Mentzer PhD Dissertation

2013

Dissertations Defended 2013
NAME TITLE ADVISOR TYPE
Christine Darr

The Social Practices of Consumption and the Formation of Desire

Diana Cates PhD Dissertation
Abbylynn Helgevold

Humility, Oppression, and Human Flourishing: A Critical Appropriation of Aquinas on Humility

Diana Cates PhD Dissertation
Anna Lynch

Early Lutheran Education in the Late Reformation in Mecklenburg

Raymond Mentzer MA Thesis
Lisa Omanson African-American and Arab American Muslim Communities in the Detroit Ummah Richard Turner MA Thesis
Cuma Ozkan A Comparative Analysis:  Buddhist Madhyamaka and Daoist Chongxuan (Twofold Mystery) in the Early Tang
(618-720)
Morten Schlutter MA Thesis
Ezra Plank Creating Perfect Families: French Reformed Churches and Family Formation, 1559-1685 Raymond Mentzer PhD Dissertation
Kari Thompson Inconsistent Friends: Philadelphia Quakers and the Development of Native American Missions in the
Long Eighteenth Century
Michelene Pesantubbee PhD Dissertation

Matthew Wilhite

The Dharma of Obedience: Yunqui Zhuhong’s Realist Interpretation of the “Brahma Net Sutra"

Morten Schlutter PhD Dissertation

Susan Woolever

The Process of Self-Becoming in the Thought of Søren Kierkegaard and Carl Rogers

Diana Cates

MA Thesis

Navid Zarrinal

  Schlutter MA

2012

Dissertations Defended 2012
NAME TITLE ADVISOR TYPE
Daniel A. Morris Unnotice Consensus: Dewey and Niebuhr Reflect on World War I Diana Cates PhD Dissertation
Ryan O'Leary Being and Gaia David Klemm PhD Dissertation

2011

Dissertations Defended 2011
NAME TITLE ADVISOR TYPE
Angela Chipman Discussing the Underlying Concerns in the Abortion Debate: Searching for an Effective Model of Discourse Diana Cates                MA Thesis
Michele Petersen A Hermeneutics of Contemplative Silence: Paul Ricoeur and the Heart of Meaning David Klemm PhD Dissertation

2010

Dissertations Defended 2010
NAME TITLE ADVISOR TYPE

David Howlett

Parallel Pilgrimage at Kirtland Temple: Cooperation and Contestation Among Mormon Denominations, 1965-2009.

T. Dwight Bozeman 

PhD Dissertation

Calvin Lane

Finding Elizabeth: History, Polemic, and the Laudian Redefinition of Conformity in Seventeenth Century England

Ralph Keen

PhD Dissertation

Nancy Menning

Reading Nature Religiously: Lectio Divina, Environmental Ethics, and the Literary Nonfiction of Terry Tempest Williams

Diana Cates

PhD Dissertation

Natalija Plamadjala The Role of Devotion in Jyotish Astrological System Fred Smith MA Thesis

2009

Dissertations Defended 2009
NAME TITLE ADVISOR TYPE
Daniel Boscaljon Vigilant Faith David Klemm PhD Dissertation
Sarah E. Dees Religion, Violence, Representation: Media and the Mythology of Wounded Knee Michelene Pesantubbee    MA Thesis

Nathan Eric Dickman

Dialogue and Divinity: A Hermeneutics of the Interrogative Mood in Religious
Discourse

David Klemm

PhD Dissertation

Denise Kettering

Pietism and Patriarchy:  Spener and Women in Seventeenth-Century German Pietism

Raymond Mentzer

PhD Dissertation

Christopher M. Myers

Constructing Theological Models of Texts as a Development of Contemporary Philosophical
Hermeneutics

David Klemm PhD Dissertation
Gregory E. Wilkinson The Next Aum: Religious Violence and New Religious Movements in Twenty-First
Century Japan
Janine Sawada PhD Dissertation

2008

Dissertations Defended 2008
NAME TITLE ADVISOR TYPE
Michael C. Baltutis The Festival of Indra : The Construction of a South Asian Urban Celebration Fred Smith PhD Dissertation
J. Sage Elwell Crisis of Transcendence: Theology, Ethics, and the Arts in Contemporary Culture David Klemm PhD Dissertation

Joan Malia Henriksen Hellyer

The Good Nurse: Recovering the Virtue of Obedience for the Work of Health Care Teams

Diana Fritz Cates

PhD Dissertation

Larry Brent Hershey Peace Through Conversation: William Penn, Israel Pemberton and The Shaping of Quaker-Indian Relations, 1681-1757 T. Dwight Bozeman MA Dissertation
Pankaj Jain Dharma and Ecology of Hindu Communities: Sustenance and Sustainability (click here for the book version) Fred Smith PhD Dissertation
Richard W. McCarty An Ethical Analysis of Thomas Aquinas and The Virtue of Temperance: Revisiting Sexual Virtue Diana Cates PhD Dissertation
Eric J. Rothgery Generating and Mediating Religious Identities: Islamic Healing Rituals Shared by Hindus and Muslims in The Dargāhs of Hyderabad, India Fred Smith PhD Dissertation
Robert P. Steed To Extend Love to All Creeping Things: Ethics in Ge Hong’s Baopuzi Morten Schlutter PhD Dissertation
Janeta F. Tansey A Fitting Shame: Intersubjectivity and the Distance it Demands Ralph Keen PhD Dissertation

2007

Dissertations Defended 2007
NAME TITLE ADVISOR TYPE
Kelly A. Armstrong Epistemological Hermeneutics in Clinical Praxis: Appropriating Paul Ricoeur David Klemm PhD Dissertation
Jared S. Burkholder Disenfranchised Awakeners: Anglo-Moravians, Religious Competition and Evangelical Identity in the Mid-Atlantic Colonies T. Dwight Bozeman PhD Dissertation

Mitchell Carl Coleman

Contribution of Thomas Aquinas’s Treatise on Temperance to the Contemporary Effort to Understand and Treat Addiction

Diana Cates

MA Thesis

Jordan Joel Copeland

Rehearsals for Engagement: The Moral Practice of Friendship and the Cultivation of Social Concern

Diana Cates

PhD Dissertation

Sara Elizabeth Dohrman

Living a Poetic Life: Womanist Ethics and Spirituals in the Autobiographies of Maya Angelou

Diana Cates

MA Thesis

Verna Marina Ehret

Globalization and the Future of a Theology of Redemption: Beyond Fundamentalism and Ppostmodernism

David Klemm

PhD Dissertation

Steven Robert Fink

Preaching as Reimagining: Christian Thought in Dialogue with North American Islam

David Klemm
Ahmed Souaiaia

PhD Dissertation

Christopher James Kelly

The Sound of The Watchman: Mimetic Exegesis and The Monastic Ideal in Cassian’s Conferences

Ralph Keen

PhD Dissertation

Matthew J. Wilhite

Strategies, Tactics and Doctrine: Yunqi Zhuhong and Buddhist Interaction with Confucian Gentry in Ming China

Morten Schlutter

MA Thesis

2006

Dissertations Defended 2006
NAME TITLE ADVISOR TYPE

Mara Catherine Fitzgibbon Adams

Poor Relief as Catalyst: Female Activism and Confessional Identity in Seventeenth-Century France

Raymond Mentzer

PhD Dissertation

Lyone Sami Fein

Spiritual Development of The Archetypal Feminine in the Sacred Literatures of Judaism and Hinduism: Damayantī and Tamar

Fred Smith

PhD Dissertation

Heather A. Hartel

Producing Father Nelson H. Baker: The Practices of Making a Saint for Buffalo, N.Y.

Dwight Bozeman

PhD Dissertation

Christian Jeffrey Haunton

The Patera in Religious Iconography

Ken Kuntz

MA Thesis

Patrick James McCauley

Reading by The Light of a Burning Phoenix: An Inquiry Into Faith, Deliverance, and Despair Within Humankind’s Paradoxical Suspension Between the Conditional and The Unconditional

David Klemm

PhD Dissertation

Brooke Elizabeth Sherrard

Justified by Fiction: the Left Behind Series and Evanelical Culture

Ralph Keen

MA Thesis

2005

Dissertations Defended 2005
NAME TITLE ADVISOR TYPE

Forrest John Clingerman

Emplaced in The World: Theological Modeling and the Concept of Nature

David Klemm

PhD Dissertation

Rebecca Kathleen Huskey

Thought Gives Rise to Hope: An Implicit Theme in the Work of Paul Ricoeur

David Klemm

PhD Dissertation

Mitchell Galen Kinsinger

"Zealous for Publick Liberty and the Wellfare of Their Country": Rationalist Presbyterians and The Struggle For Freedom of Religion in America, 1694-1769

Dwight Bozeman

PhD Dissertation

Kirk Robert MacGregor

The Sacramental Theology of Balthasar Hubmaier and its Implications for Ecclesiology

Ralph Keen

PhD Dissertation

Mary Nona Pugh

The Neglected Dimension of Love: Sacrificial Love and its Role in Christian Ethics

Diana Cates

PhD Dissertation

Russ Patrick Reeves

Countering Revivalism and Revitalizing Protestantism: High Church, Confessional, and Romantic Critiques of Second Great Awakening Revivalism, 1835 to 1852

Dwight Bozeman

PhD Dissertation

2004

Dissertations Defended 2004
NAME TITLE ADVISOR TYPE

Robert Alexander Menzies

Symbols of Suhāg: Paradigms of Women’s Empowerment in Hindu Domestic Ritual Stories

 

Fred Smith

PhD Dissertation

Robert J. Stephens

Competing Concerns: Religious Conversion and its Respondents in Modern India

 

Fred Smith

PhD Dissertation

Michaela Diango-Rose Walsh

Thirty Years Later: Challenges to Liberation Theology in a South Quito Church

 

Thomas Lewis

MA Thesis

Li Wang

A Daoist Way of Transcendence: Bai Yuchan’s Inner Alchemical Thought and Practice

 

Janine Sawada

PhD Dissertation

Yu Xue

Buddhism, War, and Nationalism: Chinese Monks in the Struggle Against Japan, 1931-1945

Janine Sawada

PhD Dissertation

2003

Dissertations Defended 2003
NAME TITLE ADVISOR TYPE

Rachel Leah Wagner

"Words of Eternity in Human Forms": William Blake’s Transformation of Styles, Forms, and Genres of the Hebrew Bible in Jerusalem

George Nickelsburg

PhD Dissertation

2002

Dissertations Defended 2002
NAME TITLE ADVISOR TYPE

Albert David Anders

Prophets from the Ranks of Shepherds: John Calvin and the Challenge of Popular Religion (1532-1555)

 

Ralph Keen

PhD Dissertation

Sandra Faye Gines

Quiet Courage: Fortifying the Self to be Vulnerable from Within an Aristotelian-Thomistic Conception of Vvirtue and a Good Human Life

Diana Cates

PhD Dissertation

2001

Dissertations Defended 2001
NAME TITLE ADVISOR TYPE

Helen Marie Burns

Active Religious Women on the Iowa Frontier: a Study in Continuity and Discontinuity

Dwight Bozeman

PhD Dissertation

 

Chan-Yu Lee

East Meets West: The Chinese and Evangelical Christianity

Janine Sawada

PhD Dissertation

2000

Dissertations Defended 2000
NAME TITLE ADVISOR TYPE

Don Loyd Davis

Black and Human: Rediscovering King as a Resource for Black Theology and Ethics

Diana Cates

PhD Dissertation

Daniel Frederick Eppley

A Convenient Faith: Royal Supremacy and the Ddefinition of Christian Doctrine in Tudor England

Ralph Keen

PhD Dissertation

Frances Lynn Flannery-Dailey

Standing at the Heads of Dreamers: a Study of Dreams in Antiquity

George Nickelsburg

PhD Dissertation

Peter Gerhard

Risen into the kerygma: a reevaluation of Rudolf Bultmann’s Christology

David Klemm

PhD Dissertation

Christopher K.VanLandingham

"--According to Each One’s Deeds”: The Criteria and Function of Judgment by Works in Light of God’s Mercy as it Relates to Early Jewish and Pauline Conceptions of Eternal Salvation

George Nickelsburg

PhD Dissertation