Class of 2010

Jason Bartashius
Jason's email M.A. Thesis: American Catholicism and the Appeal of Zen Buddhism In the M.A. program Jason focused on Japanese Religions, American Buddhism, and Buddhist-Christian Studies. Jason’s thesis examined the Catholic interest in Zen Buddhism. In 2019, Jason completed a Ph.D. degree in Global Studies at Sophia University. Jason’s current research projects employ interdisciplinary religious studies approaches to the study of film, gender/sexuality ideologies, and the phenomenon of migration. You can view Jason’s work on
Takashi Miura
M.A. Thesis: Healing as a Millenarian Practice: Okada Mokichi’s Jōrei and the Significance of Genze Riyaku Takashi’s thesis focused on the intersection between millenarian beliefs and religious practices in a post-war Japanese new religion. He is now a Ph.D. student in the Department of Religion at Princeton University. His research focuses on popular religious movements in nineteenth-century Japan, with a particular emphasis on their millenarian characteristics. He seeks to analyze the rhetoric of “world renewal,” which was appropriated by several of these popular movements.
Deeksha Sivakumar
During her M.A., Deeksha studied a variety of Hindu rituals and traditions supplemented by learning three major Indian languages: Hindi; Sanskrit; and Tamil over independent study. Her work at UH culminated with extensive research on a popular Tamil ritual called Bommai Kolu – a tiered arrangement of dolls for the south-Indian celebration of Navarthiri (Purattasi). She documents her work at Devikolu. After traveling to Chennai for another Kolu season in 2010, Deeksha took a hiatus in her hometown Dubai before enrolling for a Ph.D. in Religion at Emory University, where she hopes to write more about the unique dolls used in Kolu displays.

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