Postdoctoral Fellows

Current Postdoctoral Fellows

Alyshea Cummins

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Alyshea Cummins is a Postdoctoral Fellow for the Transmission of Religion Across Generations project (University of Ottawa) examining how (non)religion and fundamental values are or are not passed on from one generation to another in Canadian families. Cummins is also an instructor of Religion in the College of Humanities at Carleton University and currently teaches Religion and Society (RELI 2736/ANTH2550) and Global Religions: Identity and Community (RELI1741). Cummins’ teaching and research interests include contemporary Islam, religion and migration, religion and identity, religion and society, religion and politics, religious literacy, and religion and social change.

Chris Miller

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Chris Miller is a postdoctoral researcher, working with the Nonreligion in a Complex Future project at the University of Ottawa. He received his BA from the University of Toronto (2013), specializing in History and Religious Studies. He completed his Master’s in Religious Studies at Saint Mary’s University (2016), exploring how Mormons sought mainstream legitimacy through academic achievements. Most recently, he completed his PhD in Religious Studies at the University of Waterloo (2022). His doctoral dissertation explored contemporary Paganism, how new academic sub-fields develop, and the ways that marginal communities interact with their academic study. More broadly, his research explores how communities express and manage identity, and intersects with such themes as New Religious Movements, popular culture, and social media.

Henrique Fernandes Antunes

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Henrique Fernandes Antunes is part of the Brazilian team for the Nonreligion in a Complex Future Project. He is a Postdoctoral researcher at the Brazilian Center for Analysis and Planning (CEBRAP). He received his B.A. in Social Sciences (2008) from Paulista State University Júlio de Mesquita Filho (UNESP-FFC), his M.A. (2012) and Ph.D. (2019) in Anthropology from the University of São Paulo. In 2016, During his Ph.D., he worked as a Visiting Scholar at the Anthropology Department at the University of California Berkeley. His last research focused on regulation processes of the religious use of Ayahuasca in Brazil and in the United States. He is also a Member of the research groups Religion in the Contemporary World at CEBRAP, and the Interdisciplinary Group for Psychoactive Studies. He is also interested in the areas of Urban Anthropology, Anthropology of Religion and Anthropology of Secularism.

Mathilde Vanasse-Pelletier

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Mathilde Vanasse-Pelletier is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Ottawa, under the supervision of Nonreligion in a Complex Future’s project leader, Lori G. Beaman. She received her B.Sc. in Anthropology and Religious Studies (2013), as well as her Ph.D. in Religious Studies (2019) from the University of Montreal. Mathilde’s postdoctoral research focuses on the media coverage of NFL players’ protests of the US national anthem, in relation to the concept of civil religion. Her previous research, including her Ph.D. thesis, discussed the representation of monogamous and polygamous Mormons in mainstream media, and the legitimation strategies put forward by these groups throughout their history.

Maximiliano Campana

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Dr. Maximiliano Campana is a Research Fellow at the National University of Cordoba, Argentina, where he completed his Doctorate in Law and Social Sciences in 2017. Campana’s doctoral research, titled “The right to have rights: strategic litigation campaigns in the recognition of rights to LGBT groups in Argentina and the United States” explored the role of the law and legal remedies as a strategic instrument for social and political change, and how it helped the LGBT movement to receive legal recognition (such as same-sex marriage and recognition to the gender identity for transgender individual).

His latest research has been focused on Sociology of Law, Strategic and Interest Public Litigation, as well as impact of social policies and sociology of religion, especially about the emergence and strengthening of conservative and religious groups. Since 2018, Campana’s work has been focused on how conservative groups act to limit and revert the advancement of rights in Argentina and the region. His post doctoral research has been funded by CONICET (the Argentina’s National Scientific and Technical Research Council). He is also part of Sexual Policy Watch, working on the project named “anti-gender politics in Latin America” examining the role of conservative groups in the region and their actions against the advancement of sexual and reproductive rights.

Rebecca Banham

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Dr. Rebecca Banham is a Research Fellow at the University of Tasmania, where she completed her PhD in 2018. Rebecca’s doctoral research, titled ‘Seeing the forest for the trees: Ontological security and experiences of Tasmanian forests’ (2018), explored the emotional and ontological connections that people form with forests, reflecting her interest in the ways that emotion, ontology, and experiences of vulnerability and relationship shape how people relate to both other people and to the nonhuman world.

Her research has been primarily within the field of qualitative environmental sociology, complemented by a keen interest in the intersections between (non)religion and the nonhuman. Rebecca is currently working as part of the Australian Research Council funded project ‘Religious diversity in Australia: Maintaining social cohesion and preventing violence’, which aims to identify strategies that prevent violent responses to religious diversity.

Previous Postdoctoral Fellows

Bertrand Lavoie

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Bertrand Lavoie holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Sociology, and a Doctorate in law. He is a postdoctoral researcher at University of Sherbrooke and at University of Ottawa. His research interests focus on the study of value pluralism in health care services and in emergency rooms. He also conducts research related to the respect of human rights in the Quebec context. He is an Associate Fellow at the Center for Society, Law and Religion at University of Sherbrooke and at the Centre for Public Law at the University of Montreal. He is also a member of the Montreal Intercultural Council.