Philip Skipitaris

Research Assistant, 2021-Present

Philip received his B.A. in International Relations from the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University.  Being a dual Norwegian and Greek Citizen, Global Studies was a natural fit. Outside of school, Philip is interested in, and has studied, English & American Literature.  After working for a few years, he would like to get a Master’s degree in international affairs, with a specialization in security studies. Philip’s hobbies include reading science fiction, playing lacrosse, listening to jazz, and outdoor activities like hiking and fishing.

Marcia G. Smith

Research Assistant, 2021-Present

Marcia is a massage therapist and massage therapy instructor. She has a B.S. in Elementary Education.  She had pursued a lifelong interest in writing and editing in both paid and volunteer positions. She also has database expertise from working in student records as well as in volunteer gigs. She and her wife are currently moving from Pittsburgh to Florida, where she plans to resume her massage career and find a choir to join. 

Graduate Students

Luke Ekstrom

Research Assistant, 2020-Present

Luke is a dual degree candidate at Princeton Theological Seminary. He is pursuing both a Master of Divinity, as well as a Master of Arts in Christian Education and Formation. His area of concentration is in Practical Theology, with special focus on Pastoral Psychology and the Psychology of Religion. Luke is a graduate of Whitworth University where he earned degrees in both Theology and Philosophy. In addition to his studies, he is pursuing ordination in the Presbyterian Church (USA). He married his wife Kristin last summer, and they are currently living in Billings, Montana. In their spare time together, they enjoy camping and taking their puppy for walks.

Nathan Patti stands in front of greenery outside
Nathan Patti

Research Assistant, 2019-Present

Nathan is a student at Boston University’s School of Theology pursuing a Masters of Divinity. Prior to starting his master’s degree Nathan spent six years in Church ministry during which he established two new youth programs. His work at the School of Theology focuses on the relation of theory and practice within Christian theology, and he hopes to continue his studies into a PHD.  At CMAC, he is working alongside the film makers of Stories of Intersex and Faith in order to help distribute the film and its curriculum into Christian churches and Universities.

Jordan Reed

Research Assistant, 2021-Present

Jordan is an MDiv student at Boston University School of Theology. His primary theological interests are at the intersections of eschatology, politics, and culture, particularly from a Pentecostal perspective. A third-generation Pentecostal, Jordan works part-time in his local church, serves as editor for, and is a student member of the Society for Pentecostal Studies.

Adam Reynolds

Research Assistant, 2021-Present

Adam studied physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and, even though he meandered out of physics as a vocation, it took him another 20 years to find his way out of the labyrinthine hallways of MIT. During that time, he became one of MIT’s chaplains and had the great privilege of overseeing MIT’s vibrant interfaith community. He is now pursuing his MDiv at Boston University’s School of Theology. Captivated by the beautiful and tragic mystery of what it means to be human, Adam’s life passion is to explore the intersections of pluralism, spirituality and science to help people and communities (and himself) unlock potential for healing, growth and flourishing. He is kept honest in this journey by his wife Mary, daughter Lily and son Ash. Adam’s favorite spiritual practices are meditation, yoga and chocolate.

Thomas Roane

Research Assistant, 2021-Present

Thomas Roane is a Master of Divinity student on the Religion and the Academy track at Boston University School of Theology. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham-Southern College where he studied Religion, Chinese language, and Human Rights and Conflict Studies. Thomas is interested in religion and international relations, specifically around conflicts between authoritarian regimes and ethnic minorities.

Jessie Saeli

Religion & Media Fellow, 2021-Present

Jessie is a student in the M.A. program in philosophy at Boston College. She began her graduate studies after graduating magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame, where she studied philosophy and Russian. Her primary interests are existentialism, Russian philosophy, and the question of what a “self” is. She enjoys reading and writing about philosophy, theology, and literature.

Joelle Te Paske

Research Assistant, 2021-Present

Joelle is an arts worker who believes another world is possible. She studies religion, technology, and visual culture as a Master of Divinity candidate at Harvard Divinity School. Prior to starting her master’s degree, she worked in the arts at College Art Association, A Blade of Grass, and Paula Cooper Gallery in New York City. She earned her B.A. from the NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study, where she studied a self-made major entitled “Art Practice as Political Play.” She plays the cello and enjoys biking, gardening, and reading science fiction.

Undergraduate Students

Mabel Bassi

Communications Assistant, 2021-Present

Mabel is currently a Junior studying Neuroscience and has a Public Health minor at Boston College. She is interested in learning about public health disparities, international public health policy and neurodegenerative disease and its effects. Alongside that, she is passionate about scientific writing and communication.

Fré Bayuh

Research Assistant, 2021-Present

Fré is an undergraduate student studying Health Science at Boston University. She is interested in studying populations, global sustainability, and public health. Alongside her B.S. degree she plans to pursue an MPH with a concentration in Biostatistics and Epidemiology. In her free time, she enjoys reading poetry, exploring the city/nature with friends, dance, and creating playlists.

Dev Bhatia

Computational Research Assistant, 2021-Present

Dev Bhatia is a senior at Boston University, majoring in Computer Engineering with a minor in Computer Science. His interests include a wide array of topics within software engineering and security, with a particular fondness of building niche and obscure applications. In his free time, he enjoys martial arts and video games.

Sarah Berkowitz

Research Assistant, 2020-Present

Sarah is an undergraduate student majoring in International Studies at American University with a minor in Arabic. She is passionate about global health, environmental sustainability, and social justice issues. In her free time she likes to read, travel, and volunteer with community organizations. 

Julia Brukx

Podcast Production Assistant, 2021-Present

Julia is a sophomore studying History & Art History at Boston University. She is interested in modern historical theory and hopes to pursue a career in museum studies with a focus on making academic research accessible to the public. In her free time, she likes to watch movies, read books, and go on adventures. 

Kyle Donahue

Research Assistant, 2021-Present

Kyle is a senior at Boston College majoring in political science and minoring in economics and international studies. He is currently studying for the LSAT and is planning for a career in copyright or privacy law after graduation. In his free time, Kyle is either volunteering with the various groups he is a part of on campus or training for his next marathon.

Jake Donovan

Research Assistant, 2021-Present

Jake is a senior at Boston University, majoring in Math with minors in Computer Science and Visual Arts. Outside of school, he plays video games, singings in an a capella group, and has recently been enjoying ping pong.

Alejandra Jimenez-Villabona

Research Assistant, 2021-Present

Alejandra is a sophomore at Boston University studying Cellular Alejandra is a sophomore at Boston University, pursuing a degree in Cellular Neuroscience from the College of Arts and Sciences. She is excited to be here in Boston, where she has cultivated great relationships with professors and friends, and taken on new challenges. Alejandra enjoys playing basketball, performing improv skits, water coloring, and playing guitar.

Carli Johnston

Research Assistant, 2021-Present

Carli is a current undergraduate at Boston University majoring in Sociology. She plans to pursue a future career in social justice and public policy analysis in the nonprofit sector. She is passionate about supporting her community at a grassroots level and understanding the data behind good policy. In her free time, Carli enjoys cooking and making art. 

Piper LePree

Research Assistant, 2021-Present

Piper is a junior at Boston University studying Psychology with a minor in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She is interested in abnormal psychology, LGBT and women’s advocacy, and mental health resources for individuals in prison systems. In her free time, she likes to go to antique markets, watch true crime, and play Nintendo Switch games.

Douglas Moy

Research Assistant, 2021-Present

Douglas is a sophomore at Boston University. He is majoring in Math and Computer Science with a minor in Economics. He is interested in topics such as religion, data science and microeconomics. In his free time, Douglas enjoys spending time outdoors and playing basketball.

Lila Norris

Communications Assistant, 2021-Present

Lila is an undergraduate student at Boston University studying Socio-Cultural Anthropology. Through her education and internship experiences she has gained a holistic understanding of culture and media. Lila is interested in social justice and work in the nonprofit sector. After her undergraduate studies she intends to pursue a J.D. in hopes to seek policy based solutions to social justice issues.

Flora Peng

Research Assistant, 2020-Present

Flora is an undergraduate student majoring in Applied Psychology and Human Development at Boston College. She is passionate about improving mental health, community outreach, and public service programs. In the future, she hopes to pursue a career in educational policy and advocacy, focusing primarily on equity in U.S. public schools.

Molly Wilde stands in front of a brick wall in the sun
Molly Wilde

Research Assistant, 2020-Present

Molly is an undergraduate student majoring in English at Boston College. By pursuing a career in the medical field, she hopes to combine her current interests in improving healthcare equity and the holistic treatment of illnesses. In the future, she plans to further her involvement in grassroots organizations and community initiatives to work towards developing sustainable, community-driven solutions to global health concerns such as disease prevention, food insecurities, and access to health services.