Religion & Nature


Religions of Asia

Joseph Heizman (M.A. student, 2012) – jheizman@ufl.edu
Joseph earned his Bachelor’s at the University of South Florida in Religious Studies. His current focus is on Chinese religions, specifically Ch’en Buddhism. He is interested in the relationship between Buddhism and marital arts, as well as the so called “Ch’en Madmen.”

Kelsie Stewart (M.A. student, 2011) – ditt0@ufl.edu
Kelsie received her B.S., Cum Laude, from the University of Florida in 2009 with a major in Psychology and a minor in Religion. Kelsie currently focuses on contemporary Japanese Buddhism and Japanese language. Her research interests include death and end-of-life issues in Buddhism, Buddhist hospice, and the intersection of science and Buddhism. Kelsie also works with the University of Florida’s Center for Health and Spirituality in teaching the course ‘Health and End-of-life Issues’ which explores topics associated with death and dying including cultural, spiritual, and psychological traditions that affect health decisions, behavior, and medical care.

Religion in the Americas

Matt Hartley (M.A. student, 2011) – pretzelmatt@ufl.edu
Matt Hartley received a B.A. in English, with a Minor in Religon, from the University of North Florida (2005). His undergraduate thesis investigated the role of British Victorian literature in preaching religious and social morality. After 6 years of teaching College Preparation and English in a public high school, Matt began his M.A. in Religion at UF in 2011. Working in the Americas track, his research pertains to how Muslim Youth are emplaced in the American Southeast, and the dynamics of their interreligious relationships.