Student Research

All senior religion majors do a senior project, which involves a term of independent research, and some students continue their projects into the following term as a senior thesis. Students pursue a striking variety of topics, using a range of approaches, as the titles of recent senior projects and theses demonstrate.


Sarah Rose Cohen, Religion, Violence and the Apocalypse: The Case of the Islamic State (Thesis)

Blake Alexander Harper, Justification and the Disappearing Gap: Two Essays on the Philosophy of Perception & the Philosophy of Religion (Thesis, joint with Philosophy)

David Keun Woong Park, Preaching in the Midst of Violence and Conflict Case Studies of Past and Present (Thesis)

Jack Schwarz Peisch, The Anxious Search for Self-Realization: Synthesizing Ernest Becker's The Denial of Death and Indian Buddhist Thought (Thesis)

Grant Wright, Title coming soon (Senior Project)


Emily Lisa Coale, Dr. Azizah al-Hibri: Activist and Scholar for Muslim Women’s Rights (Senior Project)

Madeleine Therese Dai, Blasphemy! (And Beyond): An Exploration of Religiously Offensive Art and its Contribution to Public Discourse, Artistic Diversity, and Theological Inquiry (Thesis)

Charlotte Sabina Holloway,Transforming Darkness: The Body and Healing in Buddhist Philosophy and Practice (Senior Project)

Kelsey Shayna Lee, Welcoming and Affirming: How Greater Media Exposure Has Shifted the Young Evangelical View on Homosexuality (Senior Project)

Adina Rebecca Marx-Arpadi, “The Most Awesome of Human Experience”: An Exploration of Mothers’ Meaning-makings Throughout the Childbirth Process (Thesis)

Peter Angelo Murray, Equal Dignity Under the Law An Ethical Analysis of Catholic Political Participation & “Ad Hoc Theology” in the Minnesota Same-Sex Marriage Debate (Thesis)

Preston Aaron Peralta, Interpretations of Luther: Martin Luther's Role in Nazi Germany (Thesis)

Matthew David Weinert-Stein, A Tradition of Its Own: The ‘Hellenistic-Jewish’ Dichotomy and Conflicting Identities in Alexandrian Jewish Allegory (Senior Project)


Yetunde Kya Adetoro, Black Religion in 20th Century Cinema: A Deconversion from the Prodigal Son to the Creole "Voodoo" Practitioner (Senior Project)

Victoria Marie Anderson, American Buddhism: A Case Study in the Formation of Religious Identity and Community (Thesis)

Maria Roberta Benjamin, Toward an American Islam: What the Debate over   the Compatibility of the Shari'ah and the U.S. Constitution Reveals about American Religion (Thesis)

Austin James Bergeron, Environmental Thought in Buddhist Modernity: Implications, Connections, and Deviations (Senior Project)

Sandro Dakalovic, Building the 'Heavenly Kingdom': The Construction of Serbian National Identity (Thesis, joint with History)

Luke Alexander Patton Dauner, Hindu and Buddhist Interactions in Nepal: A Changing Buddhist Identity (Senior Project)

Hannah Lauren Elkin, “O Mortal, Proclaim Jerusalem’s Abominations to Her”: Understanding the Language of Ezekiel 15 in Antiquity and Today (Thesis)

Danielle Kathryn Fahoome, Catholic Perspectives on Poverty (Senior Project)

Diane Patricia Martin, Maintaining "Dual Citizenship" to Church & State: Revisionist Moral Theologians Providing a Catholic Argument for Contraception in Federally Funded Catholic Hospitals  (Thesis)

Adrienne Christine Matunas, God, Evolution, and Morality's Foundation (Thesis, joint with Philosophy)

William Per Gustaf Peterson, Religious Curriculum at Middlebury: 1915-1966 (Thesis)

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