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 2022, the following students will be working with Religious Studies faculty:

  • Maeve Cassetty, '23 "Gender and God in Eastern Europe: An Investigation into the Catholic Church's Facilitation of Anti-Gender Movements" (Advisor: Professor Amoruso)
  • Eric DaCosta, '23 "The Impact of English Imperialism in Ireland on Fan Violence in the Old Firm Derby” (Advisor: Professor Amoruso)
  • Hannah Plummer, '23 "Feminine Bodies and Consumption: Female Saints and Ascetic Practices in Tiqqun's Theory of the Young-Girl" (Advisor: Professor. Upson-Saia)

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