DSR Fall 2020 Virtual Convocation

When and Where

Friday, November 20, 2020 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm


Congratulations to Fall 2020 Department for the Study of Religion Graduates!

The DSR is excited to toast all grads on a special Zoom celebration on Friday, November 20, from 3 – 4:30 pm EST, in advance of the virtual Convocation on Saturday.

Graduating students are encouraged to invite friends and family to join in and watch as graduate's names are read out.  Graduates will be invited to say some words about what the future holds for them.

Our graduating class is made up of three PhDs, four MAs, one specialist, three majors and six minors!

PhD Graduates:

  • Sara Ahmed Abdel-Latif, “Gendering Asceticism in Medieval Sufism” (Supervisor: Walid Saleh, Committee Members: Jeannie Miller, Ash Geissinger)
  • Elizabeth Klaiber-Noble, “Book-Burning and the Banning of Books and Authors in England, 1526–1558: A Sixteenth-Century Fire-Library” (Co-Supervisors: David Galbraith and Pamela Klassen, Committee Member: Nick Terpstra)
  • Rony Kozman, “Adam's Wisdom and Israel's Law: Natural Law in Early Judaism” (Supervisor: Judith Newman, Committee Members: David Novak, John Kloppenborg)

MA Graduates:  

  • Molly Mignault, “Not in Our Lifetime - A Case Study of Sacred Nature in South Asia: The Bagmati River and Mt. Khangchendzonga” (Co-Supervisors: Frances Garrett and Stephen Scharper)
  • Mark Mueller, “Religious Motivations for the Diocletianic Persecution” (Supervisor: John Kloppenborg) 
  • Yitong Tong, “The Doctrine of Consciousness Process (Citta-vīthi) in the Pāli Commentarial Literature” (Supervisor: Christoph Emmrich) 
  • Joel West, “The Fractured Jew: A Study in the Constructions of Jewishness in Popular Culture” (Supervisor: Ken Green)



Sofia Ali 


Ruth Alves

Aminah Abd-Al-Rashid

Unaiza Punjwani


Daniel Balay

Joseph Baduria

Anushree Kariwal

Danya Naqvi

Talia Preziuso

Jeffrey Yagar

The DSR is looking forward to celebrating this graduating class's achievement. For more details please email religion.grad@utoronto.ca