Religion Major David Inczauskis researches campus religious life. He writes: During the spring semester of 2012, I worked with Dr. Lynn Neal of the Religion Department to carry out an academic study of religious groups at Wake Forest. My goal was to conduct ethnographic research that would reveal the unique differences between specifically Christian organizations on campus. A few of the guiding questions were as follows: Why do students participate in Christian groups? How do the groups’ organizational structures reflect their Christian goals? And what do students take to be the meaning of Christian religion? My methodology for gathering data involved informal interviews, formal interviews, and observations in the field. I attended the group meetings of a wide variety of Christian organizations, spoke with student leaders, questioned campus ministers, and generally immersed myself in mainstream religious culture at Wake Forest. The results were surprising, and I published a few of my conclusions in a series of articles for the school newspaper, The Old Gold and Black. Read the articles here 

Senior Erin Cassidy Chosen for 3rd Annual ZSR Library Senior Showcase

Erin Cassidy, a senior Religion major, was one of four Wake Forest seniors chosen to present at the third annual Senior Showcase program sponsored by the Z. Smith Reynolds Library, which recognizes exemplary senior research theses and projects. Erin’s presentation, entitled “John Calvin on Christian Responsibility for the Common Good,” offered a nuanced and critically insightful look at Calvin’s writings relating to community values and the common good.

“Children of Kabul’
Documentary film on child labor to screen at RiverRun International Film Festival –

More information about this documentary.

River Run Festival featuring this documentary

Muhammad Siddiqui and Elizabeth Stewart:  Congratulations – these religion students have been chosen to present their paper entitled, “Islam and Medical Ethics in Iran:  The Kidney Market” at the 2012 Duke-UNC Bioethics Symposium:  Cases in Medical Ethics on March 31st, 2012.

Naijla Faizi: “Hoodies and Hijabs: Uncovering Injustice” Wake Forest and Salem Students, organized by Muslim peers, came together to show solidarity with Trayvon Martin and Shaima Al Awadhi. Students are calling on our community leaders to condemn hate crimes and make sure our community is a safe place for everyone.   The organizer was Religion Major Naijla Faizi.


Michele Ferris – Congratulations to Michele Ferris whose paper has been named the Outstanding Undergraduate Paper by the SE Commission for the Study of Religion (SECSOR). Her paper is titled “Nineteenth-Century Chinese ‘Pollution’ of Mormonism’s American Zion” and she worked with Lynn Neal in researching her topic. Michele will be recognized at the SECSOR annual meetings in Atlanta in early March.

Cana Noel (Class of 2013) – spent the summer studying abroad in Accra, Ghana.  Read about her experience in Student Storyteller: Lessons from Ghana.

Dr. Lynn Neal’s “Religious Sects and Cults” class did extensive research projects this semester of a number of religious groups often called “cults.” Each team researched the history, beliefs, rituals, and controversies surrounding their religious group. They then wrote collaborative papers, presented their research to the class, and created informative displays for patrons of the ZSR Library with the help of ZSR Preservation Librarian Mr. Craig Fansler.  To see the displays, go to

Michele Ferris -(Senior Religion Major),  Nathan Shurte, Ryan Weber – (Religion MA Students) will present their research at the 2011 Annual Conference of the North Carolina Religious Studies Association to be held at UNC-Chapel Hill on November 5th.

Bill Haas, Webb Simpson – (Former Religion Majors)  – have been lighting up the PGA Tour with their recent victories and domination of the FedEx Cup. For more,
see Bill Haas Wins Tour Championship and FedEx Cup

Natalie Sheary (BA ’11) has been named the 2011 ACC Women’s Golf Scholar Athlete of the Year as announced by the conference office. The ACC also announced the 2011 All-ACC Academic Women’s Golf Team on Tuesday, which Sheary was named to for the third time in her career. Sheary, a Religion major, posted a 4.0 in her final semester at WFU (during golf season, no less!).

Kristy Tayapongsak (BA ’11) received the prestigious William C. and Ruth N. Archie Award given each year “to the graduating senior who has shown most conspicuously a commitment to liberal learning, to scholarship, and to the ideals of Wake Forest College.” Kristy was also highlighted in the Student Profiles: Class of 2011 section of the WFU News.

Grace Pardo (BA ’11) is featured in the WFU News Center article “Graduates Teaching Abroad.” Check out where Grace and several other WFU graduates will be teaching next year!

Tyler Askew (BA ’11) was awarded a Fulbright scholarship and will be teaching English in Hungary during the next year. Four grads named Fulbright Scholars

Parker Bradway (BA ’11) will be releasing his debut album, Carolina Blue, in the upcoming weeks.  Click here to listen his recently released single.

Kate Masetta (BA ’11) is featured for her service work in Honduras.

Kristy Tayapongsak (BA ’11) received the prestigious William C. and Ruth N. Archie Award given each year “to the graduating senior who has shown most conspicuously a commitment to liberal learning, to scholarship, and to the ideals of Wake Forest College.” Kristy was also highlighted in the Student Profiles: Class of 2011 section of the WFU News.

Mustafa Abdullah (BA ’10) currently works as a community organizer for CHANGE in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  His recent piece entitled “From Selma to Montgomery; From Alexandria to Cairo,” was published in The Washington Post.  He was also interviewed in Yes! Weekly.

Linda K. Randall (MA ’08) has written a book entitled Finding Grace in the Concert Hall:  Community and Meaning Among Springsteen Fans.  Published in October 2010, the book is based on her master’s thesis and years of research among the Springsteen fan community.  For more information, click here. In April 2011, Linda returned to Wake Forest and gave a lecture entitled, “Religion and Bruce Springsteen,” see

The Religion Department hosted “Career Conversations: What You CAN Do With A Religion Major/Minor” on October 19th. Students, Religion Department faculty, and Career Counselor Lauren Rogers Beam (WFU ’07, Religion and Communication) came together to discuss the various career paths available to religion majors and minors.