Faculty & Student Success

Dr. Elizabeth Alexandrin

Congratulations to Dr. Elizabeth Alexandrin (PhD McGill University, 2006) on the publication of her book Walāyah in the Fāṭimid Ismāʿīlī Tradition


Dr. Danielle Dubois

Congratulations to Dr. Danielle Dubois on being awarded a SSHRC Insight Development Grant for her project "Marguerite Porete in the Italian, French, and English Historical Record, 15th-19th Century."

Zachary Janzen

Congratulations to Zachary Janzen who was awarded a SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship for his master's project, "Healing the Science-Religion Split: A Spiritual Psychology from Rudolf Steiner and C.G. Jung." Zachary will be entering the MA program in September 2017.

Heather Penner

It is with great pride and pleasure that we announce that Heather Penner, who completed her Master's this March, has been awarded a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship and will be starting her PhD at the University of Ottawa this fall. Before receiving news of the SSHRC, she had also secured full funding from the University of Ottawa for her PhD program.

Jeizelle Solitario

Congratulations to Jeizelle Solitario on being accepted in the PhD program in Religion at the University of Toronto. In addition to this, Jeizelle has been awarded the Jane Trombley Graduate Scholarship for Academic Excellence.

David Hutten

David Hutten has received the elite Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement from SSHRC. On top of his MA SSHRC, this is a major accomplishment for an MA student. The funds will enable him to travel to Caen, France in May and to spend three months working in the IMEC archives at L'Abbey d'Ardenne, where he will do research related to Jacques Derrida's unpublished seminars. He will also work with the renowned scholar Marc Crépon at L'École Normale Supérieure in Paris.

 Dr. Dawne McCance

Congratulations to Dr. Dawne McCance on being awarded a SSHRC Outreach Connections Grant in support of an interdisciplinary symposium, "Living On", that she is organizing for March 9-11, 2017. Dr. McCance has, as a sole applicant, now received $750,000 in SSHRC funding!

Dr. Nat Morehouse

Congratulations to Dr. Nat Morehouse (PhD University of Manitoba, 2012) on the publication of his book Death's Dominion: Power, Identity, and Memory at the Fourth-Century Martyr Shrine


Ted Malcolmson

Congratulations to Ted Malcolmson on having successfully defended his M.A. thesis, "Evil Dead: The Problematic Story of the Jonestown Corpses." We wish Ted all the best for his Ph.D. studies in the Department of Classics and Religious Studies at the University of Ottawa.

Dr. Kenneth MacKendrick

Congratulations to Dr. Kenneth MacKendrick for his successful project, "Facilitating Writing and Peer Review Groups" (co-applicant with Kathy Block, Miriam Unruh, Jocelyn Thorpe, and David Watt). Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund Application. $13,448. 

David Hutten

Congratulations to David Hutten who was awarded a Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (SSHRC) for his master's project, "Life Worth More than Life?"

Jeizelle Solitario

Congratulations to Jeizelle Solitario who was awarded a University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship for her master's project, "Living Together: Jacques Derrida's Rethinking of Sovereignty."

Dr. Heidi Marx-Wolf

Dr. Heidi Marx-Wolf is a featured speaker at the Center for Late Ancient Studies Symposium (Duke University) on De Morte: Death and the Afterlife in Late Antiquity. Her talk is entitled “Platonic Afterlives: Origen, Porphyry, and Iamblichus on the Restoration of the Soul.”


Dr. Brenda Cantelo

Bodies of Water – An Interdisciplinary Approach to Learning
On Thursday, December 3, 2015, a group of students performed “Bodies of Water” in the St. John’s College Chapel. Students from Dr. Brenda Cantelo’s Religion and Dance course in the Faculty of Arts collaborated with students in Dr. Gordon Fitzell’s eXperimental Improv Ensemble (XIE) from the Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music to create an engaging performance that featured choreography by Stephanie Ballard.

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Dr. Dawne McCance

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Dawne McCance is a guest speaker at a two-day seminar entitled "The Future of Derrida Scholarship" that will be taking place at Harvard University this March. The seminar runs concurrently with the meetings of the American Comparative Literature Association.

Dr. Heidi Marx-Wolf

Congratulations to Dr. Heidi Marx-Wolf on the publication of her book, Spiritual Taxonomies and Ritual Authority: Platonists, Priests, and Gnostics in the Third Century C.E.!


Professor Jade Weimer

Congratulations to Professor Jade Weimer who successfully defended her dissertation, "Musical Assemblies: How Early Christian music functioned as a Rhetorical Topos, a Mechanism of Recruitment, and a Fundamental Marker of an Emerging Christian Identity," in the  Department for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto!

Dr. Kenneth MacKendrick