PhD candidate Ryan Juskus successfully defended his dissertation, titled “The Ecopolitics of Truth and Sacrifice: An Ethnographic and Theological Study of Citizen Science, Environmental Justice, and Christian Witness in Coal’s Sacrifice Zones,” on March 25, 2021. Drs. Luke Bretherton and Norman Wirzba were co-advisors on the doctoral committee, and other members of the committee included Drs. Christine Folch and Edgardo Colon-Emeric.
Juskus’s teaching experience is extensive, and includes courses taught in El Salvador and Peru. He will be receiving a Certificate in College Teaching in addition to his diploma. Juskus’s professional experience includes his time as researcher for PLANET Project (2016-2018) and grant coordinator for a Teaching and Learning grant by The Wabash Center (2019-2020). He has presented numerous papers at conferences both stateside and abroad and given lectures at various institutions.
Juskus’ work during the PhD program was supported by the George E. Norman Jr. Scholarship. Among his other scholarships and awards were the Bass Instructional Fellowship, a Dissertation Research Travel Award and he was a Fellow for the PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge (John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute) and an Anthropocene Graduate Fellow (Kenan Institute for Ethics and Henry Luce Foundation).
We here at The Graduate Program in Religion wish Ryan all the best in his future endeavors.