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Dallas Tatman

Doctoral Student


  • University of Virginia
    • Ph.D Candidate: History of African Religions
    • Dissertation Title: “King of the Ring: Religion, Sport, and Pluralism in Senegal”
    • Advisor: Cynthia Hoehler-Fatton
    • Research: African Indigenous Religions, Islam in Africa, Ethnography, Christianity in Africa, Embodiment, Pre-Colonial/Colonial African History, Urbanization, Sport, Wolof, French
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
    • MA: Religious Studies
    • Graduate Minor and Certificate: African Studies
    • Advisor: Jonathan Ebel
    • Research: Pentecostalism in West Africa, Islamic Philosophy, Senegalese Migration, Wolof, French, Judaism, Classical Hebrew
  • Marygrove College
    • MAT:  Curriculum and Instruction
    • Research: “The Michigan Educational Assessment Program as a Viable Indicator of a School’s Success”
  • Eastern Michigan University
    • BS:  History/Geography/Education
    • Research:  “Deutero-Isaiah:  Prophecy or Propaganda?”

Research Languages

Wolof, French, Classical Hebrew

Recent Awards / Fellowships

  • 2019-2020: Fulbright Research Award, Senegal
  • 2019-2020: University of Virginia Presidential Fellowship in Data Science
  • 2019: Frank Finger Graduate Fellowship for Teaching
  • 2018-2019: IHGC Global South Graduate Fellowship
  • 2017-Present: West African Research Center Affiliate Scholar, Dakar
  • 2016-2017: Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS), Swahili: Declined
  • 2016: Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS), Advanced Wolof, Senegal
  • 2015 Marjorie Hall Thulin Prize


  • University of Virginia                                                                                  
    • Teaching Assistant
      • ​Islam in Africa
      •  Christianity in Africa
      • Pre-Colonial African History
      • Introduction to Buddhism
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign                                                
    • Teaching Assistant
      • World Religions
      • Asian Mythology
  • Howell Public Schools, Michigan                                                               
    • ​Courses Taught
      • ​​Advanced Placement European History
      • Advanced Placement World History
      • Eastern Hemisphere (Geography, Culture, and History)
      • History v. Hollywood
      • World History
      • U.S. History, 1850-Present                   
    • Other Activities:  Vice President and Chief Negotiator for the Howell Education Association, Quiz Bowl coach, Co-Chairperson School Improvement Team, Curriculum Committee, Co-Chairperson Professional Development Committee     
  • Warren De La Salle Collegiate High School, Michigan                  
    • Courses Taught:
      • U.S. History (Honors)
      • The U.S., 1945-Present
      • World History                                                                   
    • Other Activities:  Lacrosse coach, School Improvement Team