Meet Our Students
JDP Current Students
Born in the hilly and rainy state of Assam in north-east India, Deeptangshu Das (he/him) completed his BA, MA and M.Phil in English literature from the University of Delhi, India. He has taught at Vivekananda College (University of Delhi) from 2013-17 and at Dibrugarh University (Assam) since July 2017 as Assistant Professor (currently on Study Leave). His primary research interests include the ‘Study of the Representation of Hindu Goddesses in Literary and Popular Visual Cultures’, Gender Studies, and Cultural Studies.
Clarence W. Davis
I am passionate about my dissertation topic - urban poverty and theology. I am a former Baptist pastor, having served the Church for 15 years as pastor and 15 as an associate pastor. I love my hometown, Detroit!
Rebecca M. David Hensley
Rebecca M. David Hensley is a doctoral candidate in the JDP, ordained minister in the United Methodist Church, and adjunct instructor for Iliff School of Theology. She also serves as the United Methodist Deacon Mentor for Iliff. Her research interests center on the intersections of Critical Race/Critical Whiteness Studies, liberative women's theologies, and social ethics. Her dissertation is titled "Striving Toward Racial Solidarity in a Culture of White Christianity: Multi-Race + Multi-Faith Organizing in Texas." She holds a B.A. in Religious Education from Oklahoma City University and M.T.S. and Th.M. degrees from Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University. A member of the American Academy of Religion, Rebecca has presented at several regional and national academic conferences, as well as regional and national church-affiliated programs.
- “Off the Grid: Climate Change, Immigration, and POWER in Texas.” In Displacement Climes: Shifting Climates – Shifting People, edited by Miguel A. De La Torre. Cleveland, OH: The Pilgrim Press, forthcoming in 2022.
- “Comrades of the Kin-Dom: A Faithful Response to ‘Zero Tolerance.” In Preaching In/And the Borderlands, edited by Charles L. Aaron and J. Dwayne Howell. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2020.
- “Is This the Real Life? Is This Just Fantasy? Misogyny, Pornography, and a Feminist Ethic of Erotic Justice.” Journal of Theta Alpha Kappa 44, no. 2 (Fall 2020): 17-30.
- “Gendering Immigration.” In Engage, Princeton Theological Seminary’s Institute for Youth Ministry’s online magazine (May 2019).
- "Divorce." In The CEB Women’s Bible, edited by Jaime Clark-Soles, Judy Fentress-Williams, Ginger Gaines-Cirelli, Christine Chakoian, and Rachel Baughman. Nashville: Common English Bible/Abingdon, 2016.
- "Justice." In The CEB Women’s Bible, edited by Jaime Clark-Soles, Judy Fentress-Williams, Ginger Gaines-Cirelli, Christine Chakoian, and Rachel Baughman. Nashville: Common English Bible/Abingdon, 2016.
- "Lot's Daughters: Products of an Immoral Society, Victims of Daddy's Bad Decisions, or Cunning Tricksters Providing for Their Own Future." In Perkins Student Journal, 12 (2011).
- "Gloria Anzaldua Revisited: The Borderlands of Identity, Politics, and Spatial Theory." Panel Coordinator. American Academy of Religion, Rocky Mountain-Great Plains Regional Meeting. March 25-26, 2022.
- "Expanding Borderlands: A Necropolitical Deathscape." American Academy of Religion, Rocky Mountain-Great Plains Regional Meeting. March 25-26, 2022.
- “Demonic Grounds or Living Water: The Crisis at the U.S.-Mexico Border." American Academy of Religion, National Annual Meeting. November 20-23, 2021.
- “Off the Grid: Climate Change, Immigration, and POWER in Texas.” Shifting Climates – Shifting People conference hosted by The Center for EcoJustice at Iliff School of Theology. October 21-22, 2021.
- “Demonic Grounds or Living Water: The Crisis at the U.S.-Mexico Border." American Academy of Religion, Rocky Mountain-Great Plains Regional Meeting. March 20, 2021.
- “Demonic Grounds or Living Water: The Crisis at the U.S.-Mexico Border.” Defining Justice in an Age of Turmoil eConference hosted by The University of Denver & Iliff School of Theology’s Joint Doctoral Program in Religion. February 20, 2021.
- “Border Stories: Texas Faith Communities Responding to a Global Crisis on the Local Level.” American Academy of Religion, Rocky Mountain-Great Plains Regional Meeting. March 27-28, 2020 (cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic).
- “Gendering Immigration: A Liberative Feminist Hermeneutic for Border Crossing.” American Academy of Religion, National Annual Meeting. November 23-26, 2019.
- “Gendering Immigration: A Liberative Feminist Hermeneutic for Border Crossing.” American Academy of Religion, Rocky Mountain-Great Plains Regional Meeting. March 29-30, 2019.
- Rosalie Bentzinger Scholarship, United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry, 2020-2021
- Graduate Student Association Professional Development Grant, University of Denver, 2020
- United Methodist General Scholarship, 2018-2019
- Doctoral Fellowship, University of Denver, 2018-2019
Theta Alpha Kappa Albert Clark Award Runner-Up, Graduate Level, 2019
Hola! My name is Grego Peña-Camprubí (he/him/él). I’m originally from Barcelona (Spain). I’m currently studying a PhD in Religion, with an emphasis in Anthropology. In my research, I look at the lived experiences of LGBTQ+ Catholics in Spain – where I pay a close look on how gender, sexual, ethnic, and religious identities intersect and are (re)constructed.
Methodological Workshop: Positionalities and Auto-Archaeologies.
"Defining Justice in an Age of Turmoil" – eConference. University of Denver and Iliff School of Theology. Denver (CO). (February 2021)
- 2022 Graduate Research Assistant for the Hartford Institute for Religion Research. “Exploring the Pandemic Impact on Congregations: Innovation Amidst and Beyond COVID-19”
- 2022 Capitol Fellow at the Colorado Latino Leadership Advocacy Research Organization (CLLARO).
Camilla Raymond's interdisciplinary doctoral project, “Jewish Ethnic Migrations and Symbolic Boundaries in the Damascus Document,” develops a paradigm for religious migration, informed by mobilities and migrations theories, applied to the Damascus Document text of the Dead Sea Scrolls. She, having a diverse heritage which finds its origins in a British Caribbean and Sephardic Jewish blend, is enthusiastic in discussing the dynamic ways migration and religious identities produces multilingualism, porous community boundaries and multilayered ethnic groups.
Prior to beginning her PhD, Raymond taught as Assistant Professor in New Testament at Southeastern University, Lakeland, FL (2008-2015). In 2016, Raymond performed archaeological fieldwork with the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, later to serve on the advisory committee at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibit (2018). During the pandemic, she taught at Portland Seminary, the Graduate School at George Fox University (2021). Raymond is adjunct instructor in the Office of Internationalization at the University of Denver (2017-Present).
Raymond, Camilla. “Ancient Roots of the Islander Narrative of Inferiority,” Chapter 14 in Seas of Readings: The Bible in the South Pacific. Edited by Jione Havea. Semeia Studies. Society of Biblical Literature: Atlanta, 2018.
Raymond Belfon, Camilla. Review of Island, Islanders and the Bible: RumInations by Jione Havea, Margaret Aymer, and Steed Vernyl Davidson, eds., Semeia Studies; 77; Society of Biblical Literature: Atlanta, 2015, The Bible and Critical Theory Journal, https://novaojs.newcastle.edu.au/ojsbct/index.php/bct/issue/view/42
- Panelist: “Intersectionality and Nationalism: The Impact of Colonialism in the Caribbean on the Lived Experiences of Black Women at Home and Abroad,” University of Denver Internationalization Summit, April 2019.
- Marginalized Migrants? Migrant Widows and Freedmen in Acts 6, Denver, CO, Society of Biblical Studies, November 2018
- Panelist: “Exploring the Lack of Domestic Women of Color in International Education,” Colorado Wyoming International Educators Annual Conference, Red Rocks Community College, June 2018.
- Lectures and Tours: Dead Sea Scrolls/ Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Our Lady of Loreto and St. Dominic Parishes, June-Sept 2018.
- Panelist: “Exploring the Lack of Domestic Women of Color in International Education Faculty and Research,” University of Denver Internationalization Summit, April 2018.
- Religion and Migrations in Rome: It’s Past and Present, University of Denver, Colorado European Union Center for Excellence (CEUCE), January 2017.
- “Return: The Place of the Ethiopian in Luke’s Narrative.” Exeter, England, Ethnicity/Race/Religion: Identities, Ideologies, and Intersections in Biblical Texts and Interpretation Conference, August 2016.
- “Real and Imagined Spaces in Ezra-Nehemiah: The Place of Collective Memory in the re-Formation of Cultural Identity in Yehud.” San Dimas, CA, Society for Pentecostal Studies, March 2016.
- “Islandspacing in Acts 2: Identity and Mimicry in the Diasporic Ingathering at the Feast of Weeks,” Atlanta, GA, Society of Biblical Literature, November 2015.
- Wabash Grant, University Museum of Anthropology (Spirituals Project) Internship, 2020
- Fellowship for Doctoral Students of African Descent, Forum for Theological Exploration, 2019 - 2020
- Roger Salters Writing Institute Scholar, 2017 - 2018
- Dr. Irwin E Vinnik Fellowship for Advanced Study in Israel, 2016 - 2017
- Frieda Sanidas Leason and Bernard V. Leason European Union Scholarship Fund, 2016 - 2017
- IRISE/ Center for Judaic Studies Pay it Forward Scholar, 2016 - 2017
- Joint PhD Graduate Student Association Senator to DU Graduate Student Government, 2015 - 2017
- Graduate Studies Doctoral Fellowship in Inclusive Excellence, 2013 - 2016
JDP, “Outstanding Leadership and Community Service award,” 7 May 2019.
Rudolph Reyes II
Rudolph Reyes II is a doctoral candidate in the JDP. His dissertation is titled, “Divergence: Towards a Neurodivergent Latinx Liberative Social Ethic.” Reyes specializes in social ethics, Latinx studies, and disability studies. He received his B.A. in Religious Studies from Arizona State University and his M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School.
Reyes is a member of the American Academy of Religion (AAR), the Society for Disability Studies, and the Society of Christian Ethics. He has served on the Religion and Disability Studies Unit steering committee for AAR, an organizing team for the Intersectional Neurodiversity Reading Group London (UK), and the dean’s task force at the University of Denver, Iliff School of Theology.
Reyes, Rudolph P., II. “Beyond the Prophetic Temptation of Ecological Disgust.” In Gonna Trouble the Waters: Ecojustice, Water, and Environmental Racism, ed. by Miguel De La Torre, 87-95, Cleveland, OH: Pilgrim Press, 2021.
- Reyes, Rudolph P., II. "Review of Autism and the Church: Bible, Theology, and Community by Grant Macaskill." Disability Studies Quarterly 41, no. 1 (2021): Disability Studies Quarterly, 2021-03-1, Vol.41 (1). https://dsq-sds.org/article/view/7887/5876
The Routledge Handbook of Religious Naturalism, ed., Donald A. Crosby, Jerome A. Stone. Reading Religion (2018) http://readingreligion.org/books/routledge-handbook-religious-naturalism
- The Need for Neurodivergent Latinx Liberation” American Academy of Religion, November 20-23, 2021
- “ADHD Latinxs as nepantleras: Embracing multiple worlds” Intersectional Approaches to Race and Disability Webinar, July 9, 2021
- “Spiritual Activism: Neurodivergent Latinxs as Nepantleras” Society for Disability Studies, April 17-20, 2021
- “Naming the Oppression of Neurodivergent Latinxs” Defining Justice in an Age of Turmoil eConference, February 20, 2021
- “Moving Beyond Ecological Disgust: Disabled People of Color, Environmental Racism, and Water Pollution” Eco-Justice Conference, October 24-26, 2019
- “Have the Mind of Christ: Notes Towards a Mad Christology” Rocky Mountain Regional AAR, March 29-30, 2019
- “A Brown Reflection: Belief, Materiality, and Two Guadalupe Statues,” Ways of Knowing Conference, Oct. 26-27, 2018
- JDP Dissertation Fellowship, University of Denver/Iliff School of Theology, 2021
- Doctoral Fellowship, University of Denver, 2021
- Doctoral Fellowship, The Forum for Theological Exploration, 2020-2021
- Doctoral Fellowship for Inclusive Excellence, University of Denver 2017-2018
Hesron H. Sihombing
Hesron H. Sihombing (he/him/dia) graduated from Abdi Sabda Theological Seminary Medan, Indonesia, in 2012 with a bachelor degree in theology. He pursued his studies at Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago to earn Master of Arts in Theological Studies in 2019 and is currently doing his PhD at JDP. His main interests are theological ethics and the relationships between religion and politics, to look at the intersection of economy and ecology. He is also interested in postcolonial and decolonial studies, public theology, liberative ethics, and Asian/Asian-American studies. Originally from Indonesia, Hesron and his family live in Denver, Colorado.
- Sihombing, Hesron. “Capitalism and the Ecological Crisis: The Spirituality of Voluntary Sacrifice,” International Journal of Public Theology 15, 3 (2021): 329-348, doi: https://doi.org/10.1163/15697320-01530003
- Sihombing, Hesron. “The Relational God in the Presence of Evil: A Theology of Friendship,” Siwó: Revista de Teología/Revista de Estudios Socioreligiosos, Vol. 13 Number 1 (2020), 67–79. https://www.revistas.una.ac.cr/index.php/siwo/article/view/14702
- Sihombing, Hesron. “Kesadaran Diri Yesus sebagai Jalan dan Kebenaran dan Hidup Menurut Yohanes 14:1–14 dan Relevansinya terhadap Misi Gereja di Abad XXI: Suatu Eksegese Sosial-Saintifik” in Buku Kenangan dan Syukuran 20 Tahun Kependetaan Pdt. Dr. Jonriahman Sipayung 22 November 1992–22 November 2012, eds. Jonriahman Sipayung, Japoltak Sipayung, Kanser Saragih, and Serliani Sembiring, 206–36. (Medan: Bangun Raya), 2012.
- Book Review “Joas Adiprasetya, Imaginative Glimpse: The Trinity and Multiple Religious Participations,” in Jurnal Teologi STT Abdi Sabda (Edisi XXXI: Januari–Juni 2014).
- Panel Discussion (Virtual) “Decolonizing Lutheranism” at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, April 2021. Presented.
- “Luther’s Two Kingdoms Doctrine Revisited: A Liberative Dialogue of Religions” at the Consultation on Religion in Public Space by the Lutheran World Federation in Hong Kong, 2015. Presented.
DU Graduate Education Doctoral Fellowship for Inclusive Engagement, 2021-2022.
The Bible and Lutheran Faith Prize, the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, May 2018.
Hannah Stoltenberg completed an MA in Asian Religions at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, focusing her research on the intersection of Indian classical dance and religion. Broadly, her research interests include artistic expression of religion in Northern India, modern Hinduism, Sufism, Sanskrit poetics, and ritual, among many others. During her time in the Joint Doctoral Program, Hannah hopes to expand her research to include diaspora studies, and religious art in cross-cultural contexts.
- Stoltenberg, Hannah R. “Bhakti Bells and Bollywood: Positioning Kathak Dance as a Religious Ritual in Urban India”. ProQuest Dissertations Publishing, 2019.
- Stoltenberg, Hannah R. “Connecting with the Divine: Kathak as Axis Mundi.” Journal of Dharma Studies, March 2, 2019.
- Stoltenberg, Hannah R. “A Taste of Devotion in Dance: Kathak, Bhakti, and Rasa.” Journal of Vaishnava Studies, Vol. 27 no. 2, Spring, 2019
“Kathak as Axis Mundi,” University of Hawaiʻi Center for South Asian Studies Symposium, April 2018.
J. Watumull Scholarship for the Study of India (2018)
Madison Tarleton graduated from the College of Charleston Honors College in 2015 with a B.A. in Religious Studies and a minor in Jewish Studies. Madison is a 2017 graduate of the University of Denver's M.A. Program in Religious Studies and is hoping to graduate from the JDP program soon. When she's not teaching, Madison is a swim coach for the University of Denver's youth team, The Denver Hilltoppers. As a self-proclaimed do-er, Madison loves competing in triathlons, running, golfing, snowshoeing, and swimming. Colorado has been Madison's home since 2015 and she loves the connections, friends, and community she has found in Denver.
- “How We Talk About Jewish Art in World Religions: A Pedagogical Perspective from a Small Liberal Arts College.” AJS Perspectives: The Art Issue. Forthcoming, Fall 2021.
- Spaced and Placed: Hetero-‘topic’ Interpretations of the Warsaw Ghetto. The Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory , Fall 2019 (563-575).
- “Brew Halls and Baptismal Fonts: A Conversation with ‘The Church Brew Works’ Founder Sean Casey.” Sacred Matters Magazine, July 2019.
- Published Syllabus, “Theories of Religion,” Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning Syllabus Collection, March 2019.
- “The Devil’s in the Details: The Krampus Conundrum.” Sacred Matters Magazine, December 2018.
- “The Body of Fried Chicken and the Blood of Bud Light.” Sacred Matters Magazine, October 2018.
- “A Conversation with Be Zero’s Andrea Sanders.” Sacred Matters Magazine, June 2018.
- “Celebrities Becoming New Focus of Religious Worship for “‘Non-Believing Believers,’” Esthesis, December 2016.
- “The Krampus Conundrum,” The Classical Ideas Podcast, available on Spotify & iTunes. Based on the digital publication for Sacred Matters Magazine.
- Stroumsa, Sarah. Andalus and Sefarad: On Philosophy and Its History in Islamic Spain. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 2019. Forthcoming.
- Schachter, Ben. Image, Action, and Idea in Contemporary Jewish Art (Dimyonot). University Park, Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania State University Press, December 2017.
- Cave, Peter, and Dan Cohn-Sherbok, Jews: Nearly Everything You Wanted to Know but Were Too Afraid to Ask. London, England: Equinox Publishing Limited, November 2018.
- Frederick, Marla. Colored Television: American Religion Gone Global. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press, December 2015.
- Coats, Curtis, and Monica Emerich, eds. Practical Spiritualities in a Media Age. New York, NY: Bloomsbury Academic, 2015.
- Rosen, Charley. The Chosen Game: A Jewish Basketball History. Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska Press, November 2017.
- Myers, David. Jewish History: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press, May 2017.
- McElligot, Anthony, and Jeffrey Herf, eds. Antisemitism Before and Since the Holocaust: Altered Contexts and Recent Perspectives. London, England: Palgrave MacMillan, 2017
- “An Exploration of Gavin Langmuir’s Theories of Rationality Using an Interdisciplinary Approach.” Religious Studies Research Conference. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Virtual Conference. April 10, 2021. Presented.
- “#COVID1948” University of Denver/Iliff School of Theology Graduate Student Conference. Virtual Conference. February 20, 2021. Co-Presenter.
- “Still Sanctified after Second Vatican Council: Simon of Trent’s Perpetual and Timeless Sanctification through Art” Sewanee Medieval Colloquium, The University of the South, Sewanee, TN, April 12-13, 2019. Presented.
- “Soul Food and Assimilatory Resistance: The African Hebrew Israelites Veganism and Resistance to Judaic Categories” AAR-SBL Rocky Mountain Plains Regional Conference, Creighton University, March 29-30, 2019. Accepted.
- “Beyification: The Dehumanization and Deification of Beyoncé.” Graduate Student Symposium. Florida State University, February 22-23, 2019. Accepted.
- “Kabbalah at Qumran: Sectarian Secrets of a Mystic Tradition” AAR-SBL Rocky Mountain Plains Regional Conference, Brigham Young University, March 16-18, 2017. Presented.
- “Kabbalah at Qumran: Sectarian Secrets of a Mystic Tradition” DU Research and Performance Summit (DURAPS), University of Denver, Denver, CO, April 7, 2017. Presented.
- 2021 Joint Doctoral Program Dissertation Award
- 2021 Office of Graduate Education Dissertation Fellowship, University of Denver
- 2021 Professional Development Grant, Ferrum College
- 2020 Graduate Student Association Professional Development Grant
- 2019 National Endowment for the Humanities Participant Stipend
- 2019 Sewanee Medieval Colloquium Grant
- 2017 Graduate Studies Doctoral Fellowship
- 2016 University of Denver Religious Studies M.A. Research Grant
Matthew Webber is an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA) who was born and raised in Colorado. After attending Colorado State University, where he participated on the Track and Field team as a decathlete, he attended Princeton Theological Seminary, where he earned his Master of Divinity (M.Div.). Taking a call as Associate Pastor in Holland, MI, he continued his education, attending Calvin Theological Seminary, earning his Master of Theology (Th.M.) in Systematic Theology. Returning to Colorado, Matthew was the solo pastor of the Presbyterian Church in Timnath, CO, before stepping away to attend Colorado State University once more for his Master of Arts (M.A.) in Philosophy and Ethics, focusing on the ethical treatment of nonhuman animals.
Matthew and his wife Nicole live in Northern Colorado where Nicole is an Academic Librarian. They spend time reading, being outdoors, spending time on the family farm, and enjoying time with their cat Milo and their dog Huxley.
- “A New Binary: Creator and Created” in The Handbook of Human Education, (forthcoming)
- “Why Anticruelty Laws are Not Enough” in Animal Ethics and Animal Law (forthcoming)
- Faith for Earth: A Call for Action (Hales, David and Pedersen, Kusumita eds.) in the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics (forthcoming)
- Akhtar, A. Our Symphony with Animals: On Health, Empathy, and Our Shared Destinies in the Journal of Animal Ethics, Fall 2020, vol. 10, no. 2
- Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics Book Reviewer; 2020-Present
- Journal of Animal Ethics Book Reviewer; 2018-Present
- The Bonhoeffer Center Blog; 2015–2016
- “Caveat Emptor: The Ethics of Responsible Information Consumption” Bodaken Philosophy Symposium Workshop: Living Together Online: Social Epistemology, Ethics, and the Internet. Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO; October 15-16, 2019.
- “A New Binary: Creator and Created” Oxford Animal Ethics Summer School: Humane Education Increasing Sensitivity to Animals and Humans. Oxford, England; July 21-24, 2019.
- “Why Anti-Cruelty Laws Are Not Enough” Oxford Animal Ethics Summer School: Animal Ethics and Law: Creating Positive Changes for Animals. Oxford, England; July 22-25, 2018
- Associate Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics
- The Ferrater Mora Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, Oxford, England; 2018-Present
American Veterinary Medical Association: Animal Welfare Assessment Contest; Fall 2019
Colorado State University, Graduate Student Division
First Place Team, Live Scenario
Second Place Team, Overall Virtual Scenario