Students

Lauren Strumos

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Lauren Strumos is the Student Caucus Leader for the Nonreligion in a Complex Future Project.  She received her B.A. (Honours) in Religious Studies from Bishop’s University (2017), her M.A. in Religious Studies from Queen’s University (2018) and is now pursuing a Ph.D. in Religious Studies at the University of Ottawa.

Lauren’s doctoral research engages theories of environmental and ecological justice to explore cooperative environmental activism among religious, nonreligious and Indigenous protestors in Canada.  She is also interested in human-nonhuman animal relations, including questions pertaining to the place and role of animals in the sociology of religion. Lauren is an assistant editor for Nonreligion and Secularity, the blog of the Nonreligion and Secularity Research Network.

Cory Steele

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Cory Steele received his Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Religion from Carleton University (2016), his Master of Arts in Religious Studies from the University of Ottawa (2018), and is now completing his Ph.D. at the University of Ottawa in Religious Studies. Cory’s doctoral research explores the intersection of nonreligion, religion, and law.

More specifically, Cory’s research examines the ways in which nonreligion is conceptualized in Canadian law in prominent Supreme Court of Canada decisions. Cory’s research interests also include (non)religious diversity, religion and human rights, and questions related to freedom of (and from) religion. Cory is an assistant editor for Nonreligion and Secularity, the blog of the Nonreligion and Secularity Research Network.

Sana Patel

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Sana Patel is a Research Assistant for the Nonreligion in a Complex Future Project. She received her BA (Honours) in Political Science from York University (2014), MA in Religious Studies from Carleton University, (2016) and is currently working towards her PhD in Religious Studies at the University of Ottawa. Her research interests include religion and media, particularly religion on social media, religious authority online, and construction of religious identity among North American young adults. She is also a Research Assistant for the Muslim Canadians Online Project (UQAM), and the Graduate Student Member-at-Large for the Canadian Society for the Study of Religion.

Ted Malcolmson

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Ted Malcolmson received his B.A. (Honours) in Religious Studies and Philosophy from the University of Manitoba (2013) as well as his M.A. (2016).  He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Religious Studies with a specialization in Canadian Studies at the University of Ottawa.  His doctoral research looks at the implementation of medical assistance in dying in Canada, looking at how values of patients, medical practitioners, and institutions interact. He is also interested in other cases where law, medicine, and religion intersect like brain death.  Ted is the editor of the University of Ottawa religious studies student journal, the Ottawa Journal of Religon, as well as serving as the treasurer of the CSSR.

Guadalupe Allione Riba

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Guadalupe Allione Riba has a degree in Sociology by the National University of Villa María (Córdoba, Argentina) where she graduated with honors (2019). She was granted a doctoral scholarship by Argentina’s National Scientific and Technical Research Council (Spanish: Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas, CONICET) (2019), and is now pursuing a Ph.D. in Social Studies of Latin America in the University of Córdoba.

Guadalupe’s doctoral research engages neo-conservative activism’s discourse –religious and nonreligious–, particularly the activation and reproduction of moral and sexual panics against the expansion of sexual and (non)reproductive rights in Argentina. In this sense, she participates in the Program of Sexual and Reproductive Rights at the National University of Córdoba.

She is also a teaching assistant (adscripta) in both Epistemology of Social Sciences (Epistemología de las Ciencias Sociales) and Social Philosophy (Filosofía Social) at the University of Villa María.

Mehmet Ali Basak

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Mehmet Ali Basak is a member of Student Caucus for the Nonreligion in a Complex Future Project.  He is originally from Turkey, where he completed his BA with honours at the Middle East Technical University. He then received a full scholarship from the Qatar Foundation to study for a master’s degree in Contemporary Muslim Societies and Thought at Hamad Bin Khalifa University. In order to enhance his academic background and research skills, he chose to undertake a second MA degree in Religious Studies at the Memorial University of Newfoundland. His MA project at Memorial was titled ‘The Formation of Muslim Identities in Canadian Offline and Online Spaces’. Mehmet is now pursuing a Ph.D. in Religious Studies at the University of Ottawa.

His main research interest for his work at the University of Ottawa is in the anthropology of Islam with an emphasis on how Muslims navigate between Islamic discursive traditions and everyday remoteness in order to re-establish themselves as a modern subject in Arctic Canada.

Sarah Nour Bouali

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Sarah Nour Bouali is currently a third year co-op student studying International Development and Globalization at the University of Ottawa. Her interests include gender, human rights, international relations, and sustainable development. She is also interested in issues surrounding aid dependency in developing countries and post-colonial institutions. She is currently working as a research assistant under Professor Lori Beaman, primarily involved in research projects related to the environment focal area within the larger Nonreligion in a Complex Future (NCF) project.

Mathieu Colin

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Mathieu Colin received his B.A (Honors) from Toulouse’s prestigious « classes préparatoires aux grandes écoles » (CPGE) in History (2016), his M.A. (with distinction) in Religious Studies from the École Pratique des Hautes Études of Paris (2018) and he’s now pursuing a Ph.D. in Religious Studies at the University of Montreal. Mathieu’s doctoral research focuses on the rise and on the politicization of new atheist and secularist groups in the US. He’s also interested in contemporary Satanism, Western Esotericism and Alt-Right/Right-wing ideologies.

Emilybeth Enriquez

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Emilybeth Enriquez is an incoming student member of the Nonreligion in a Complex Future Project. In 2019 she received her B.A. (Honors) as a double major in Philosophy and Religion and Culture from Wilfrid Laurier University and is currently at the start of her academic year as a Master’s student at the University of Ottawa. Her research interest focuses on toxic inequality for religious minorities in a contemporary Canadian context. She is researching how housing, education and legislation put religious minorities at a disadvantage and further the wealth gap. During her undergraduate career Emilybeth has organized two academic colloquiums for Wilfrid Laurier University and worked alongside non-profit organizations like John Howard Society and Extend a Family.

Benjamin Gagné

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Benjamin Gagné a d’abord obtenu un diplôme d’études collégiales en maintenance d’aéronefs (2009) et pratique dans ce domaine depuis près de dix ans. Il a ensuite obtenu son baccalauréat en théologie avec l’Université Laval (2019) alors qu’il s’intéressait à la missiologie et au dialogue entre l’église et la société québécoise. Il poursuit aujourd’hui une M.A. en sciences des religions à l’Université de Montréal. Ses recherches actuelles se concentrent sur le phénomène de désaffiliation chez les évangéliques de deuxième génération au Québec. Il travaille aussi comme auxiliaire de recherche sur le projet « Besoins spirituels dans les établissements de détention provinciaux du Québec » mené par l’Institut d’études religieuses à l’Université de Montréal.

Sohini Ganguly

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Sohini Ganguly received her Bachelor’s degree (Honours) in Political Science and her Master’s degree in Political Science with International Relations from Jadavpur University, West Bengal, India. She completed her Master of Philosophy from the School of Women’s Studies, Jadavpur University, West Bengal, India. Her M.Phil. dissertation focused on Mirabai, a 15th century popular religious female figure of Rajasthan, India. The study focused on the historical representation of Mirabai, how she is embedded in the contemporary oral narratives of Rajasthani women from different tiers of the society and how Rajasthani women negotiated with the idea of Mirabai in their everyday lives. She has published a chapter titled, “Mirabai in History and in the Contemporary Narratives of Women in Rajasthan” in the book History and Collective Memory from the Margins: A Global Perspective, edited by Sahana Mukherjee and Phia S. Salter.

Her research interests include gender, religion, cultural representation, oral history, memory, oral narrative and performative tradition with specific emphasis on the religious identity creation in the Indian context. She is now working on an article related to research methodology on subject and memory. She has been accepted for the doctoral program in Feminist and Gender Studies at the University of Ottawa.

Charlotte Hobson

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Charlotte Hobson is assisting on the British portion of the Nonreligion in a Complex Future Project. She completed a BA in Theology at the University of Durham (2016) followed by an MA in Religious Studies at Lancaster University (2017). After this she worked as a Research Assistant Intern with the religion and society think tank, Theos, and is now a Ph.D. student at the University of Lancaster. Her research interests surround the rise of British nonreligion, particularly in relation to young people, and her doctoral work explores how inter-generational belief transmission – or the apparent lack thereof – has contributed to this.

Megan Hollinger

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Megan Hollinger is a member of the Student Caucus for the Nonreligion in a Complex Future Project.  She is currently working towards her M.A. in Religious Studies at the University of Ottawa and completed her B.A. in Religious Studies, also at the University of Ottawa (2018).  Megan is currently researching antisemitism in contemporary Canada, and the relationship between Canada’s federal policies and legislation and how these have been applied to antisemitic hate crimes.  Jewish identity can be both religious and nonreligious and often antisemitism is based on assumptions about Jewish people that are nonreligious in nature.  Her other research interests include religion and law and religion and politics.  Megan is currently a board member for the Association for Canadian Jewish Studies and is a member with the Canadian Society for the Study of Religion.

Julia Itel

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Julia Itel is a Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology at Paris Nanterre University under the supervision of Professor Raphaël Liogier. She received her B.A. in Psychology from McGill University (2016) and her M.A. in Religious Studies from University of Montreal (2018). In her master’s thesis, Julia studied the role of non-religious spirituality in the embodiment of ecological, ethical and sustainable behaviors. Her research has recently been published: Spiritualité et société durable. L’engagement éthique des “créatifs culturels”, Gap: Yves Michel, 2019. She is now focusing on the alternative discourse that frames the ecological transition in France.

In this context, Julia seeks to discover the underlying beliefs, ideologies, myths and meta-narratives that constitute the emergence of a possible transmodernity. Julia is also interested in the new eco-feminist rituals, such as the moon rituals. But more generally, she is passionate about all the unconscious collective myths that shape both individuals and societies.

Zach Munro

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Zach Munro received his B.A. (Honours) and M.A. in Religion & Culture from Wilfrid Laurier University and is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in the department of Sociology & Legal Studies at the University of Waterloo. Zach’s doctoral research is on the Secular AA movement within Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), specifically looking at how the nonreligious engage in modes of translation when navigating the theistic-spirituality of the Twelve-Step model. His work also engages affect theory with a concentration on religious/secular interactions. He is an assistant editor to the Nonreligion and Secularity Research Network’s official blog.

Somunachi Okee-Aguguo

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Somunachi Okee-Aguguo is currently a fourth year co-op student studying Political Science and Gender Studies at the University of Ottawa. Her research interests include gender, black feminist thought, race studies and colonialism particularly settler colonialism in Canada and neo-colonialism in West Africa. She is also interested in how various systems of oppression impact individuals’ experiences in multiple areas in society such as religion, policing, and academia. She believes in making academia more accessible and diverse through various epistemologies and pedagogies that centre the experiences and voices of marginalised groups. She is currently working as a research assistant under Professor Lori Beaman. Somunachi hopes to pursue a master’s degree in Political Science or Gender Studies.

Ariel Remund

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Ariel Remund is a current PhD candidate, research assistant and sociology tutor at the University of Tasmania. Her research topics include; the sociology of emotion, emotional experiences of roadkill, religious diversity and social cohesion. Her research into religious diversity and social cohesion explored religious and community leader’s perceptions of growing diversity in her hometown, Hobart, Tasmania.

Ariel’s doctoral research explores the sociological aspects of human responses to roadkill, particularly our emotional (dis)investment in the problem. As part of her work as a research assistant, Ariel is examining Australian religious freedoms enquiries to observe the changing discourse used to discuss religious freedoms in government policy.

Netta Marie Rønningen

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Netta Marie Rønningen is a student and research assistant from Norway. She received her B.A. in Sociology and Political Science from Luwdig-Maximilians-Universität München in Germany, her M.A. in Sociology from the University of Oslo and is soon pursuing a Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Oslo. Her master theses was in sociology of religion and was about conversion from Protestantism to the Catholic Church in Norway.

She is interested in nonreligion in different nonreligious and religious institutions. Netta organized the conference NCSR 2018: The 24th Nordic Conference in the Sociology of Religion in Oslo. She is working as a research assistant at KIFO, Institute for Church, Religion, and Worldview Research, which involves different research projects relating to the Church of Norway.