William Chavez is an MA/PhD student in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of California Santa Barbara. While his master’s thesis looks at exorcism across cultures, his dissertation will focus on the contemporary practice of exorcism in the United States. William received a BA in Religion, a BS in Mathematics, and a minor in Philosophy from the University of Rochester. His email address is: wchavez(at)umail.ucsb.edu
In his classroom, there is a clear divide between scholar and practitioner, between religious studies and religious practice. Obviously, [Brooks] is an example of how those two worlds comingle. But he is also committed to further advancing the study of religion as a secular discipline – in the same way that one studies history, psychology, sociology, and the like.