Michael Broyles

Grad Teaching Assistant
Graduate Assistant/Associate
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
4302

Student Information

Graduate Student
Religious Studies
Liberal Arts & Sciences

Biography

 Originally from Arizona, Michael Broyles has earned a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies, Islamic Studies Certificate, and Master of Arts in Religious Studies from Arizona State University.  During his undergraduate tenure, Michael was a teaching assistant for two humanities seminars, co-developed a database of information regarding US eugenics, and served as both secretary and president of the Religious Studies Society.

Michael’s undergraduate honor’s thesis, “Islam and Rap Music in the United States,” explored the role Islam played in the development of Rap music from the late 1960s onward. His master’s thesis, “ ‘Preachin’ the Blues’: The Intersection of Christian and Blues Exegesis and Hermeneutics in the Life and Lyrics of Son House,” explored the relationship between Black preaching and Blues singing as exhibited in the life and lyrics of Eddie “Son” House (1902-1988).

Michael’s research is informed by his ten-year career as a pianist and his educational and professional experiences in Western Europe, Southern Europe, North Africa, the Pacific Islands, and East Asia. He also has extensive knowledge of pedagogical and andragogical theory, gained through his teaching and educational administration work with students ranging from young children to senior citizens.

Michael is currently in the Religions in the Americas Ph.D. track in Religious Studies at Arizona State University. His dissertation focuses on twentieth-century American writer James Baldwin's work on religion and violence.

 

Advisor: Dr. Moses N. Moore

 

MA Matriculation August 2011

Ph.D. Matriculation August 2013

 

Education

Ph.D.     Arizona State University, Religious Studies (graduation pending: spring 2019)

 

                Dissertation:

Drenched in the Blood of the Lamb: James Baldwin, Religion, and the Formations of Violence

 

                Committee Members

                         Moses Moore, Chair; Tracy Fessenden; Joel Gereboff

 

MA        ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY, Religious Studies (graduation: 2013)

 

                Thesis:

       Preachin the Blues: The Intersection of Christian and Blues Exegesis                                           and Hermeneutics in the Life and Lyrics of Son House

 

                Committee Members

                         Moses Moore, Chair; Souad Ali; Lisa Anderson

 

BA         ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY, Religious Studies (graduation: 2007)

 

                Honors Thesis:

                         Islam and Rap Music in the United States

 

                Committee Members

                         Moses Moore, Chair; Mark Sunkett; Jacquelyn Scott

 

ISLAMIC STUDIES CERTIFICATE     ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY (Graduation 2007)

Research Interests

 

Academic Interests

 

African Diaspora Religious and Intellectual History

American Religious History

Biography

Colonialism

Cross-Atlantic Religious and Cultural Encounters

Latin American Religious History

Literature and Religion

Music History

Race, Gender, and Queer Studies

Religious Studies Historiography

Theories of Religion

Trans-Atlantic Religious History

Violence and religion

Courses

Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
REL 321 Religion in America
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
REL 202 Religion and Popular Culture
Summer 2017
Course Number Course Title
REL 321 Religion in America
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
REL 320 American Religious Traditions
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
REL 320 American Religious Traditions
Summer 2016
Course Number Course Title
REL 202 Religion and Popular Culture
REL 207 Ritual, Symbol, and Myth
Summer 2015
Course Number Course Title
REL 320 American Religious Traditions
Spring 2015
Course Number Course Title
REL 320 American Religious Traditions
Fall 2014
Course Number Course Title
REL 321 Religion in America
Summer 2014
Course Number Course Title
REL 202 Religion and Popular Culture
Spring 2014
Course Number Course Title
REL 202 Religion and Popular Culture
Fall 2013
Course Number Course Title
REL 202 Religion and Popular Culture