Student Research

Elon University is a leading university in undergraduate research, and the Religious Studies Department includes several nationally recognized experts in Undergraduate Research in Religious Studies.

The Department encourages interested and committed students to conduct independent research with a faculty mentor, including Honors and Fellows projects for students. 

If you are interested in a particular topic, please see the interests of our faculty mentors below and contact the appropriate professor.

Faculty Mentoring Interests

Amy Allocco
I am happy to work with students interested in researching topics in South Asian religions (particularly Hinduism and Islam); gender and religion; religion, health, and healing (including in/fertility and assisted reproductive technologies); ritual and performance studies; and contemporary India (especially sexuality, women’s and gender issues). I am also interested in mentoring students who wish to undertake ethnographic research or who may want to conduct fieldwork with transnational/diaspora South Asian religious communities.

Geoffrey Claussen
I am happy to mentor students interested in a wide range of Jewish Studies areas, including rabbinic literature, Jewish philosophy, contemporary American Judaism, Jewish women’s/gender studies, and especially Jewish ethics and theology.

Lynn Huber
I am willing to mentor students in the areas of New Testament literature; the construction of gender, sexuality, and family in early Christianity; ancient and medieval biblical interpretation (hermeneutics); feminist and queer approaches to the Bible; interpretation of the Bible in art; ancient and modern apocalyptic language and metaphor.

Toddie Peters
I am happy to work with students interested in any of my areas of research or expertise, these include: globalization, economic ethics, environmental ethics, poverty, inequality, feminist theology and ethics, liberation theology, two-thirds (third) world theology; sexuality; and reproductive ethics.

Jeffrey Pugh
I would be interested in mentoring students in any area of theology, especially in my area of research, namely the intersections between religion and science.

LD Russell
I can offer mentoring for students interested in researching religion and culture, particularly religion and popular music as well as religion and sports. I would also be happy to offer initial guidance for students who are interested in pursuing research in the discipline of religious studies but are not yet certain about which area best fits their current studies and interests.

Pamela Winfield
I am interested in working with students whose topics dovetail with my own areas of research and expertise, namely, East Asian (Chinese, Japanese) religion and visual culture, religion and healing, sacred space in the East Asian context, and comparative mysticism (Hindu-Buddhist and Christian traditions).