The graduate program in the Department of Religion at the University of Florida is designed to prepare students for careers for careers in academia, within government institutions, non-governmental organizations, and various forms of advocacy work. We believe our five tracks of study help students prepare for the future of religious studies and jobs related to the field.
As a case in point, Prea Persaud (Ph.D. candidate, Americas/Asia) has accepted the position of lecturer in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. She will be teaching courses on Hinduism and Caribbean religions beginning August 2018.
Ms. Persaud received her B.A. from Rollins College where she completed honors as a religion major. In 2013, she graduated with her M.A. from Syracuse University. Her M.A. thesis was on the development of Hinduism in the Caribbean and the Indo-Caribbean identity. She has presented conference papers on the Indo-Caribbean communities in New York and Florida, the narrative of indentured labor, and the ways in which Hinduism in the Caribbean can be categorized as a “Creole Religion.” She is interested in global Hinduism, religion in the Caribbean, and issues concerning race, identity, transnationalism, and post-colonialism.
Persaud is a dual-track Ph.D. candidate and also works in the Americas track with her interest in Caribbean religion and global Hinduism.