Grad Profiles

Isaac Barnes May

PhD 2020

Isaac Barnes May is a graduate of Earlham College and Harvard Divinity School. He earned a PhD in Religious Studies and a graduate certificate in American Studies from the University of Virginia in 2020. While at UVA, he was a Dean’s Dissertation Completion Fellow, an Americas Center Fellow, a Rachel Winer Manin Interdisciplinary Jewish Studies Graduate Fellow, and a research collaborator with the Race, Religion, and Democracy Lab. Isaac’s dissertation, “God-Optional Religion in Twentieth-Century America,” is being published by Oxford University Press. After completing his degree, Isaac was an assistant professor of American Studies at UVA for the 2020 to 2021 academic year. During that time, he was also a research fellow with UVA’s Project on Lived Theology.