Undergraduate Research in Religious Studies

The Undergraduate Research Center is one of the distinctive programs at Occidental College.

This exciting program provides funding for students to engage in full time, paid research on an original project in the summer. During summer 2019, the following students will be working with Religious Studies faculty:

  • Roee Perry, '20, "Jewish Philosophy, Greek Metaphysics, and Sufi Theology: Approaching Clash of Civilizations through Maimonides and the transmission of Neoplatonism into Sufism" - advisor: Prof. Moazzam-Doulat
  • Stella Ramos, '21, "Essentializing the Native American Environmental Ethos: Analyzing the Limitations and Legacy of American Environmentalist Rhetoric" - advisor: Prof. Holmes-Tagchungdarpa
  • Hope Roehrs, '20, "Mis-Seen Sex: Euro-American Readings of Tantric Buddhism" - advisor: Prof. Holmes-Tagchungdarpa

Each student will present their findings at the Summer Research Conference (and sometimes again at the Southern California Undergraduate Research conference, the regional American Academy of Religion conference, or a specialized professional conference). Their research might also form the foundation for their Senior Comprehensive projects.