Student Spotlights

Welcome to our student community! Each month, we will feature a few spotlights on students in the Religious Studies Department at UVA, giving them a chance to discuss their research and interests. You can also find an index of all the Religious Studies graduate students here

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Ethan Shearer, a PhD student at UVA Religious Studies, is interested in Christian passions and the body politic.

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Peter Fraser-Morris, a UVA Religious Studies doctoral candidate, is currently writing his dissertation on Early Christian Apologetic literature.

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Eben Yonnetti, a UVA Religious Studies PhD student, focuses his research on the growth of Tibetan Buddhism in Taiwan. 

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Mariel Cooksey, a UVA Religious Studies graduate student, focuses her research on the Alt Right and their engagement with Christianity as a political tool.

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Shannon Griffin, an MA student in Religious Studies, researches bilingual education, otherness, and empathy.

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Blaine Patrick Werner, Jr., an MA student in Religious Studies, is interested in contemplative practices and their relationships with Buddhist meditation and psychological research.

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