Gabriel DeJoseph '19 and Phoebe Duke-Mosier '19

Senior theses written by religious studies majors Gabe DeJoseph ’19 and Phoebe Duke-Mosier ’19 have recently been accepted for publication as articles in peer-reviewed academic journals. Both papers were written during the fall 2018 semester.

DeJoseph’s paper, “Loyalty and Morality: Religious Minorities in US Electoral Politics,” is about successful campaign strategies employed by elected officials who do not identify as Christian. It will be published this summer in Religio et Lex: Contemplations on Religion and Law, a publication of the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom at Virginia Wesleyan University.

Duke-Mosier’s thesis, “Drinking the Kool-Aid: Discourses of Death at Jonestown,” is about internal discourses used to justify the infamous mass suicide at the Jonestown compound. It will be included in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Theta Alpha Kappa. Theta Alpha Kappa is the national honor society for undergraduate and graduate students in religious studies and theology.

Both theses were written and revised under the supervision of Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Seth Schermerhorn.

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