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:

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 2016-17:

  • Prof. Thomas Lewis ( 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 religions of the late antique, early medieval eastern Mediterranean (incl. Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) contact Prof. Harvey.