Emily Churchill

Emily Churchill is a master's student in the Religion Department. She focuses on South Asian Religions, with an emphasis on Hindu scriptural tradition and modern social and political movements. She is currently studying Hindi and Urdu. She is a 2017 graduate of the Columbia School of Journalism and a 2015 graduate of the University of Virginia. She has studied Sanskrit, political theory, development efforts by religious actors and the sociology of religion and secularism. She is currently the only full-time student at Columbia University in the dual-degree Journalism and Religion program. Under Professors Ari Goldman and Yogi Trivedi, she has traveled to India twice: once under a Scripps-Howard grant and once under a President's Global Innovation Fund grant. The object of both of these trips was to study how religion is covered in the news globally, and to do independent research and reporting on religion. She is currently the president of the Columbia Journalism branch of the national Religion News Association. She is a 2017 recipient of the Campbell Award, given by the Columbia Alumni Association to one graduating student in each school that best exemplifies leadership and school spirit.