The Department of Religion will not be accepting applications for the PhD program during the AY 2020-21 admissions cycle. Within a climate of ongoing cuts to the humanities and social sciences, this is not a decision that we take lightly, and making this announcement now comes with no small measure of sadness. However, given the impact of COVID-19 on academic progress, professional opportunities and more, we have decided to prioritize our current students at this moment. Pausing PhD admissions for one year will allow us to provide a more robust set of resources to them during these challenging times. We look forward to resuming PhD admissions next year and to welcoming a new cohort of doctoral students in the Fall of 2022. In the meantime, we invite you to stay engaged with the Department of Religion via the online programs that we will host in the year ahead.
Congratulations to Mark Balmforth for successfully defending his dissertation, Schooling the Master: Caste Supremacy and American Education in British Ceylon, 1795–1855. In addition to this incredible milestone, Dr. Balmforth was awarded the University of Toronto Faculty of Arts & Science Postdoctoral Fellowship for 2020-2021 and the Social Science and Humanities Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship for 2021–2023.