Ariel Schwartz CV

Ph.D. Northwestern University, Contemporary Religion, June 2016
           Dissertation: “In the Wake of Hate: Rebuilding Religion, Place, and Community in Sacramento and Joplin”
Advisor: Dr. Robert Orsi, Religious Studies
Readers: Dr. Sarah McFarland Taylor, Dr. Elizabeth Shakman Hurd

M.A. Northwestern University, Religious Studies, thesis distinction, August 2013
B.A. Barnard College, Columbia University, Religion, May 2008
B.A. List College, Jewish Theological Seminary, Hebrew Bible, May 2008

Research Interests
Conceptualizing religion and violence; Intersections of religion, secularism, and politics; Methods for comparative religion; Affect theory and material religion with a focus on sacred space

Teaching Competencies
Theories and Methods of Religious Studies, Religion and Violence, Space and Place, Religious Pluralism, American Religion

Review of Fighting Words: Religion, Violence, and the Interpretation of Sacred Texts, ed. John Renard (2012). Religion & Theology 20 (2013): 403-406. 

“Sacred Space,” in the Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion. Summer 2013.

Conference Papers
“Clearing Religious Rubble: Rebuilding After Arson,” Space, Place, and Religion group, American Academy of Religion, Atlanta, Georgia, Nov. 21-24, 2015.

“Picking Through Religious Rubble,” Sensory and Material Cultures of Religion panel, Midwest American Academy of Religion, Ada, Ohio, April 11-12, 2015.

“Rallying for Unity and the Push for Pluralism,” Religion and American Culture panel, Midwest American Academy of Religion, Ada, Ohio, April 11-12, 2015.

“The (Dis)Enchanted City,” International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Emotional Geographies, University of Groningen, Netherlands, July 1-3, 2013.

“Between Heaven and Earth: The Global Modern Sacred City,” International Association for the Study of Environment, Space, and Place, University of Florida, Gainesville, April 26-28, 2013.

“Erasing ‘Backyard’ Anti-Semitism: The Architecture of Memory,” Ethnography and Biography: The Practice and Product of Writing Lives, University of Colorado, Boulder, Sept. 27-28, 2012.

“Violence, Sacred Space, and the Vulnerable Body,” Sensational Religion: Sense and Contention in Material Practice, Initiative for the Study of Material and Visual Cultures of Religion, Yale University, Nov. 1-3, 2011.

“Swami Vivekananda and the Double Horizon: Experiencing the 1893 Parliament of World Religions,” Religion and the Senses Graduate Conference, Stanford University, May 13-14, 2011.

Employment and Teaching Experience
University Courses Designed and Taught
Comparative Religions and Varieties of Violence, Winter 2015, Northwestern University, Dept. of Religious Studies

Teaching assistantships, Northwestern University
Introduction to Islam, Spring 2015, Dept. of Religious Studies, Dr. Brannon Ingram
Methods of Observing Human Behavior, Winter & Spring 2015, School of Education and Social Policy, Dr. Lilah Shapiro
Introduction to Buddhism, Spring 2013, Dept. of Religious Studies, Dr. Antonio Terrone
Introduction to Islam, Fall 2012, Dept. of Religious Studies, Dr. Brannon Ingram
Introduction to Judaism, Spring 2012, Dept. of Religious Studies, Dr. Mira Balberg
Introduction to Hebrew Bible, Fall 2011, Dept. of Religious Studies, Dr. Mira Balberg

Guest Lectures
“Rethinking ‘Religious Violence,’” Religion in Human Experience, Fall 2014, University of Illinois-Chicago, Dept. of Religious Studies, Dr. Laura Dingeldein

“The Modern Trends of Judaism: An Ongoing Debate,” Introduction to Judaism, Spring 2012, Northwestern University, Dept. of Religious Studies, Dr. Mira Balberg

“Women in the Hebrew Bible,” Introduction to Hebrew Bible, Fall 2011, Northwestern University, Dept. of Religious Studies, Dr. Mira Balberg

Participant, Teaching Certificate Program, Searle Center for Advancing Learning & Teaching Northwestern University, 2014-2015

Grants and Fellowships
2015 Recipient, American Dissertation Fellowship, American Association of University Women
2014-15 Graduate Affiliate, Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, Northwestern University
2014 Graduate Research Grant, The Graduate School, Northwestern University

Professional Service
Chair, “Religion and the Natural Elements” Graduate Student Conference, Northwestern University, Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2014
Creator and coordinator, Religion & Global Politics Workshop, Sept. 2013-present
Co-creator, Religion & Global Politics certificate program, Sept. 2013
Participant, North American Religions Workshop, Sept. 2010-present
President, Graduate Student Association, Religious Studies Department, Sept. 2011-Sept. 2013
Panel moderator, “Religious Perspectives,” Life and Community Conference, Northwestern University, April 2013
Panel moderator and member of the Committee for Conference Planning,
“Religion and the Trans…” Graduate Student Conference, Northwestern University, Oct. 2012
Member, Phenomenology Workshop, Kaplan Center for the Humanities, Nov. 2010-June 2011

Philanthropic Service
Volunteer researcher, writer and program-planner, Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions, Fall 2013-Fall 2014

Professional Memberships
American Academy of Religion
International Association for the Study of Environment, Space, and Place

French – reading
Spanish – reading, conversational
Hebrew – reading, conversational