Instructors

Nicholas Albertson

Mr. Albertson is a PhD student in East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. His dissertation focuses on late-Meiji poetry by Shimazaki Toson, Doi Bansui, and Yosano Akiko. He also translates classical and modern Japanese poetry.

Alexander Barna

Mr. Barna is at the University of Chicago Center for Middle East Studies. He holds an MA in Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard.

Joy Brennan

Ms. Brennan is a PhD candidate at the University of Chicago Divinity School. She holds a masters degree from Indiana University.

Carly Buxton

Ms. Buxton is a PhD student in East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. She is currently pursuing her interests in the hegemonic functions of models of grace and good taste in Japan’s colonial period.

Michael Di Giovine

Mr. Di Giovine holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Chicago.  His research focuses primarily on heritage discourses and practices, tourism/pilgrimage, religious movements and cults, foodways, and revitalization.

Abhishek Ghosh

Mr. Ghosh has an MS in the study of religion from Oxford and is a PhD student in South Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. His research includes Caitanya Vaisnava history and theology, post-colonialism, and modernity. Ghosh received the 2013 Graham School Excellence in Teaching Award for the Humanities, Arts, and Sciences.

Shiraz Hajiani

Mr. Hajiani is a PhD candidate at University of Chicago Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. He specializes in Shi`ism and the history of Iran. He has a Master of Theological Studies degree from Harvard Divinity School and an MA from the University of Chicago.

Sam Hopkins

Mr. Hopkins is a PhD student in the Divinity School at the University of Chicago. His research focuses on South Asian religions, esoteric traditions, aesthetics, and the intersections of Buddhism and Hinduism in South Asia.

Elsa J. Marty

Ms. Marty is a graduate student in theology at the University of Chicago Divinity School and co-author of A Dictionary of Philosophy of Religion.

Omer Mozaffar

Mr. Mozaffar holds two MAs from the University of Chicago (from the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and from the Master of Liberal Arts program). His research interests include the Qur’an, Islamic intellectual history, comparative religions, and mysticism. He is the 2011 Humanities, Arts, and Sciences recipient of the Graham School’s Excellence in Teaching award. 

Gautham Reddy

Mr. Reddy is a PhD candidate at the University of Chicago in South Asian Languages and Cultures. His interests include literary and cultural history in the 19th and 20th centuries, especially in Southern India; comparative aesthetics; and nationalism and modernity.