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Alumni Notes

A.K.M. Adam (PhD Religion ’91) has published James: A Handbook on the Greek Text (Baylor, fall 2014).

Attiya Ahmad (PhD Cultural Anthropology ’09) has been selected as an external faculty fellow to the Stanford Humanities Center for 2014-15. Ahmad also co-organized a conference with Catherine Sameh hosted by the Barnard Center for Research on Women as their 39th annual Scholar & Feminist Conference: “Locations of Learning: Transnational Feminist Practices.” She also co-wrote a piece with other Cultural Anthropology and Women’s Studies certificate holders Tami Navarro and Bianca Williams that was published in Cultural Anthropology, “Sitting at the Kitchen Table”. Ahmad is assistant professor of cultural anthropology at the Columbian College of Arts & Sciences.

Kecia Ali (PhD Religion ’01) delivered the Lowe Lecture at Macalester College on “The Lives of Muhammad.” Her new book, by the same title, is forthcoming this fall from Harvard University Press.

Chris R. Armstrong (PhD Religion ’03) has published Medieval Wisdom: An Exploration with C S Lewis (forthcoming, Baker Books: 2014). Armstrong is professor of church history at Bethel Seminary.

Tony Cartledge (PhD Religion ’89) joined the editorial board of the Review and Expositor in November 2013. Campbell is a professor at Campbell University.

Elesha Coffman (PhD Religion ’08) published The Christian Century and the Rise of the Protestant Mainline (Oxford, May 2013). He also gave a lecture, “Postwar Protestantism: The Contested Center,” at the Baylor University Institute for Studies of Religion on February 17, 2014. Coffman gave presentations at two conferences, ” ‘You Cannot Fool the Electronic Eye’: Billy Graham and Media” at the Worlds of Billy Graham Conference at Wheaton College on September 27, 2013, and ” ‘I Had Not Yet Learned to Read Books’: The Role of Texts in Liberal Protestant Conversion Narratives” at the American Society of Church History Winter Meeting on January 3, 2014.

Claire Cusick (MA Liberal Studies ’09) has been accepted into the master’s degree program in American Folklore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Leila Elmergawi (MA Liberal Studies ’12) has accepted a position with the State Department’s US-Middle East Partnership Initiative in Cairo, Egypt.

Ryan Finnigan (PhD Sociology ’13) has accepted a tenure-track position as an assistant professor in the sociology department at UC Davis and will begin in fall 2014.

Wil Gafney (PhD Religion ’06) accepted an appointment to the faculty of Brite Divinity School in Hebrew Bible starting July 1, 2014.

Alvaro Jarring (PhD Cultural Anthropology ’10) has accepted a tenure-track position at Holy Cross in Massachusetts.

Caroline Kita (PhD German Studies ’11) started a tenure-track position in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at Washington University at St. Louis in September 2013.

Kimberly Rogers (PhD Sociology ’13) joined the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Mount Holyoke College as a visiting assistant professor in spring 2014.

Beth Felker Jones (PhD Religion ’04) published Practicing Christian Doctrine: An Introduction to Thinking and Living Theologically (Baker Publishing Group, 2014) and God the Spirit: Introducing Pneumatology in Wesleyan and Ecumenical Perspective (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

Jamillah Karim (PhD Religion ’04) co-authored Women of the Nation: Between Black Protest and Sunni Islam (NYU Press, July 2014) with Dawn-Marie Gibson.

Tiffany Kelley (PhD Nursing ’12) discussed why she and professors Sharron Docherty and Debra Brandon decided to study the meaning of the concept of “knowing the patient” in a post published on the ANS Blog on January 23, 2014.

Juni Kwon (PhD Cultural Anthropology ’13) has received a postdoc position at the University of Pittsburgh.

Gregory Lee (PhD Religion ’10) is assistant professor of theology at Wheaton College in the Department of Biblical and Theological Studies. His co-edited book, Christian Political Witness (IVP Academic, 2014), was recently published and contains essays by Professor Stanley Hauerwas and a number of graduates from Duke’s PhD program, including Jana Bennett, Daniel Bell, William Cavanaugh.

Ignacio Adriasola Munoz (PhD Art, Art History & Visual Studies ’11) has been appointed a tenure-track assistant professor in the Department of Art History, Visual Arts and Theory in the Faculty of Arts at the University of British Columbia beginning 2014.

Ray Person (PhD Religion ’91) co-edited Israelite Prophecy and the Deuteronomistic History: Portrait, Reality and the Formation of a History (Society of Biblical Literature, 2013). This included his chapter entitled “Prophets in the Deuteronomic History and the Book of Chronicles.” He also published “Orality Studies, Oral Tradition: Hebrew Bible” in The Encyclopedia of Biblical Interpretation (ed. Steven L. McKenzie; Oxford University Press, 2013) and “‘Your Wives, Your Children, and Your Livestock’: Domesticated Beings as Religious Objects in the Book of Deuteronomy” in Animals as Religious Subjects: Transdisciplinary Perspectives (T. & T. Clark, 2013).

Kevin Sobel Read (PhD Cultural Anthropology ’12) has accepted a tenure-track position at the law school at Newcastle University in Australia.

Carrie Shroeder (PhD Religion ’02) published “Women in Anchoritic and Semi-Anchoritic Monasticism in Egypt: Rethinking the Landscape” in the journal Church History.

Johanna Schuster-Craig (PhD German Studies ’12) is now a tenure-track assistant professor of German at Cornell College in Iowa.

Christine (Tina) Shepardson (PhD Religion ’03) has published her book, Controlling Contested Places: Late Antique Antioch and the Spatial Politics of Religious Controversy (University of California Press, 2014).

Rebecca Keegan VanDiver (PhD Art, Art History & Visual Studies ’13) has been appointed tenure-track assistant professor in the Department of History of Art at Vanderbilt University beginning 2014.

Chunjie Zhang (PhD German Studies ’10), who is a tenure-track professor of German Studies at UC-Davis, has won a Mellon-Volkswagen Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities to study at the Humanities Center of the Free University of Berlin in 2014-15.