Class of 2010
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 academia.edu.
| 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.
The 2010 Alumni also include:
- Cary Hitchcock
- Holly Machacek