News and Events

Black Lives Matter--Click to read our full statement

The Department of Religious Studies unequivocally condemns police brutality and violence that disproportionately affects the African American community. We stand in solidarity with the protests that are confronting this country’s entrenched racism, are demanding that justice be served in the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many others, and seek to address the structures that support and enable systemic oppression, repression and violence. We commit ourselves to doing the hard work of anti-racism by confronting our own biases, both implicit and explicit, and by working to create an inclusive and just community for our colleagues and students. Read More

Help us reach our Give Day Challenge!!!

Religious Studies GIVE DAY Challenge: April 17th & 18th, 2020
Religion is a major force in our daily human experience and plays a role in our culture, politics, ethics, economics, and the advancement of medicine and health care. It is the bedrock of our human, moral, and civil rights, impacting us all. We encourage you to partner with UC Davis and the Department of Religious Studies to support the next generation of academic scholars and leaders advancing how the study of the religion shapes and advances our obligations to our diverse communities, complex infrastructures, and the most vulnerable. 10 gifts will unlock $2,500 for the Religious Studies Department! Thank you to Hala Hijazi, Commissioner, Human Rights Commission, City and County of San Francisco, for creating this challenge!
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Cai Thorman Wins Essay Prizes

GGSR PhD Candidate and UCD Provost’s Dissertation Year Fellow, Cai Thorman, has been awarded the AIA 2019 Graduate Student Paper Award (First Prize) and... Read More

Notes from the Field with Dr. William O. Beeman

Please join us from 12-1pm on Dec. 4 for Notes from the Field with Dr. William O. Beeman, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Minnesota and visiting scholar at Stanford University. He will speak on the zār, a ritual healing ceremony carried out throughout the Persian Gulf. This talk will explore the ritual, performative and curative aspects of the practice. This event is co-sponsored with the Department of Music and Graduate Group in the Study of Religion. See flyer here. Read More

Prof. Watenpaugh wins a 2013 ACLS Fellowship

ACLS/SSRC/NEH International and Area Studies Fellowships are awarded to scholars pursuing research and writing on the societies and cultures of Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, and the former Soviet Union.
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2014-15 RST Writing Prize to Atrin Toussi

The Religious Studies Department is proud to announce the winner of the third annual writing prize for the best undergraduate paper in 2014-15. Writing Prize for Best Undergraduate Paper. The prize goes to Atrin Toussi for her paper "Emergence, Persistence and the Secular Utility of Religion." Congratulations Atrin! Read her paper here.
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Religious Studies Launches RST Scholars Program

Seven students have been selected as Religious Studies Scholars in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the Religious Studies Department. Each Scholar will receive an award of $500 to further his or her own research and scholarly activities. In turn they will act as ambassadors from the Religious Studies Department to departments and students across the campus.
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Professor Eva Mroczek awarded the Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise

Professor Eva Mroczek's book, The Literary Imagination in Jewish Antiquity (Oxford University Press, 2016), has been awarded the "Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for Theologian Promise" by the University of Heidelberg's Forschungszentrum für Internationale und Interdisziplinäre Theologie FIIT (Research Center for International and Interdisciplinary Theology). Please read the article for more information about this esteemed honor.
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Wednesday, Oct 18 - Notes from the Field Presentation: "Confucius and the Confederacy: What Early China Can Teach Us about the Ethics of Memorials" Presented by Dr. Thor Harris

Please join us Wednesday, October 18th at noon as the Religious Studies department kicks off the Notes from the Field lecture series this academic year with Dr. Thor Harris presenting “Confucius and the Confederacy: What Early China Can Teach Us about the Ethics of Memorials.” The lecture speaks to the importance and meaning of memorials and also addresses a current controversial issue in the United States – what is to be done with memorials pertaining to the Confederate rebellion in the Civil War? Dr. Harris will illustrate the system of ethics of memorialization that the early Confucians developed which might possibly be the key to solving the United States’ own thorny issue with memorials. This lecture is free and open to all. Undergraduate students are especially encouraged to attend. For more information, please view the article and event flier.
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Religious Studies Program Featured in UC Davis Blog, "What Can I Do With My Major?"

The Religious Studies major is the focus of an entry in the UC Davis "What Can I Do With My Major?" Blog. The entry includes a video testimonial and various quotes from Religious Studies majors about why they chose to pursue this course of study and the wide-ranging benefits they gain from their immersion in this all-embracing interdisciplinary field. View the blog entry by clicking below, but before you do that see for yourself the extensive reach of the Religious Studies curriculum by reviewing the classes on offer Fall Quarter 2017 by clicking here.
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3 Mythbusters About Humanities Majors

Academic Advisor Amy Lowrey debunks three common misconceptions about majoring and taking courses in the humanities, explaining why it is worthwhile for all students.

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Dr. Layne Little admitted into NEH Seminar on the Bhagavad Gita

Dr. Layne Little, a lecturer in the department has been selected to participate in the NEH Summer Seminar on the Bhagavad Gita at Yale University. The three week seminar is an intensive study of this seminal religious work that influenced thinkers like Thoreau and Gandhi. Dr. Little will develop an undergraduate course on the Gita based on this seminar. Details about this competitive and highly selective seminar can be found here.
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Welcome Students

Welcome, to all new incoming and returning students, we’re excited for another great academic year with you. Please stop in to see your Undergraduate Academic Advisor. We have 2 new members of the undergraduate team, Lauren Wong and Vanessa Alvarez.
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