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Adam Crabtree Adam Crabtree
B.A. Hendrix College (2004, Religion)

M.A. Thesis: Zen in the Contemporary Marketplace

Adam is primarily interested in religion as an integral aspect of larger social and physical processes that compose our world. With this in mind, he traces the religious along material and visual trajectories that do not necessarily coincide with the self-referential religious identities of people or the production of domains, places, and forms which people may recognize as explicitly religious. While at UH Mānoa, Adam studied the religious traditions of China and Japan as well as transnational religious developments between Japan and the United States. He is currently continuing his graduate studies at the Institute of Social & Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford.

Majda RahmanovicMajda Rahmanovic
B.A. Lake Forest College (2010, History and Religion)

Majda Rahmanovic joined the UH Religion Department from Chicago. She conducted research on Islam in China, particularly female Imams and their role among the Muslim community in China, and the Muslim world in general. Majda keeps learning Mandarin and Classical Arabic in order to pursue her research and prepare for future fieldwork. In her spare time, Majda is greatly interested in interfaith dialogue groups, Masjid volunteering and improving her journalistic abilities.

Martha E. Randolph
High School of Music and Art NYC; B.A. East/West Classical Studies (2008, Hawaii Pacific University)

Martha lived and worked all over the world in theater, opera and ballet production and stage management and in a wide range of related entertainment industry technical areas. She was raised in NYC but lived a bi-coastal life until college and professional committments led to living and working in various countries. She speaks fluent German, passable French, and a bit of Spanish, and recently returned from Europe renewing old friendships and seeking possible employment. Her immediate intention is to teach at the high school or lower university level, or to work in an administrative or student advising capacity in an academic institution. She also hopes to continue studies in Philosophy for Children and eventually receive a certificate in that area. She is an experienced magazine writer, and life student of new age philosophies, history and human social development, and relationships of those subjects to ancient religious teachings.

Aaron Reich
B.A. University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (2006, Psychology and Religion)

M.A. Thesis: Painting Outside the Lines: How Daoism Shaped Conceptions of Artistic Excellence in Medieval China, 618–1127

While enrolled in the M.A. program, Aaron centered his studies around Chinese religions with a specific focus on Daoist art and iconography. His interests in this area led to his close involvement with the Daoist Iconography Project, for which he has worked as a research assistant and web developer since 2007. After his first year of formal studies on campus, Aaron traveled to Taiwan to concentrate on his linguistic abilities in modern Mandarin Chinese and to begin his study of classical texts. Upon returning to Honolulu in 2010, he continued to take courses in literary Chinese, Asian religions, and Chinese art history, and also pursued independent research on Chinese painting theory. This became his M.A. thesis, which examined the role of Daoist thought in shaping medieval Chinese conceptions of creativity and artistic excellence. After graduation, Aaron went on to continue his study of Daoism and its visual culture at the Department of East Asian Languages and Literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, beginning in 2012.

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