Graduate Study

Doctoral Tracks in the 
Department of Religious Studies

Starting with Fall, 2010, the Department of Religious Studies at Brown offers Ph.D. study in three areas:

  • Asian Religious Traditions (ART), 
  • Religion and Critical Thought (RCT), and 
  • Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean (RAM), which now incorporates our prior Ph.D. programs in Early Christianity, and in Ancient Judaism, as well as various other ancient Mediterranean religions. All applications to study one or more religions of the Ancient Mediterranean should be made to RAM. 

Prospective applicants are welcome to direct inquiries to Professor Janine Sawada ( and/or any faculty member in the above listed areas.

Prospective applicants should also note that it is no longer possible to apply for the track in Religion, Comparison and Culture. Students interested in comparative work across two or more areas (ART, RCT, and RAM) should consult with the Director of Graduate Studies and the Graduate Advisor for these areas before submitting an application.

For 2014-15:

  • Prof. Stephen Bush ( is the Graduate Advisor for RCT
  • Prof. Harold Roth ( is the Graduate Advisor for ART
  • Prof. Susan Harvey ( and Prof. Saul Olyan ( are the Graduate Advisors for RAM. For Hebrew Bible and ancient West Asia, contact Prof. Olyan; for religions of Rome, and the early Byzantine eras (inlcuding Christianity, Judaism and Islam) contact Prof. Harvey.