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Evans Marcus, Ph.D. Student, Asian Field

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Marcus Evans

Ph.D. Student, Asian Field

PhD Students
Department of Religious Studies

Area(s) of Interest:


Marcus is a PhD candidate in Religion & Social Sciences (major) and East Asian Religions (minor). He currently researches religion and Afro-Asian encounters in North American popular culture. His dissertation explores the “Afro-Asian religious rhetoric” (e.g. from Buddhism, Daoism, and the Five Percent Nation of Gods and Earths) in RZA’s and the Wu-Tang Clan’s artistic productions.

He is also interested in:

  • Theory and Method in the Study of Religion
  • Comparative Studies on Embodiment and Self-cultivation (Body & Religion)
  • Phenomenology of Religion & Phenomenological Anthropology
  • Emotions and Religious Aesthetics
  • Religion and Popular Culture (Hip-Hop and Film)
  • Asian Religions


  • Western Kentucky University, BA in Philosophy and Religious Studies, 2006
  • Western Kentucky University, MA in Religious Studies (2014)
    • MA Thesis: "Shinto: An Experience of Being at Home in the World"
    • MA Committee: Paul Fischer, Jeffrey Samuels, Lindsey Powell (died: 2013), and Eric Bain-Selbo


Teaching Experience

  • Religious Studies 103: Introduction to Asian Religions. Fall 2014-Winter 2015. Western Kentucky University.

TA Experience

  • Religious Studies 103. Introduction to Asian Religions, taught by Dr. Jeffery Samuels. 2011-2012. Western Kentucky University.
  • Religious Studies 101.    Introduction to Religion, taught by Dr. Paul Fischer. 2012-2013. Western Kentucky University.
  • Religious Studies. 3E03  Japanese Religions and Films, taught by Dr. Mark Rowe. Fall 2015. McMaster University.
  • Religious Studies. 1J03   Great Books of Asia, taught by Joseph LaRose. Winter 2016. McMaster University
  • Religious Studies 1B06   What on Earth is Religion? Taught by Philippa Carter. Fall 2016-Winter 2017. McMaster University


Conference Presentations

  • "East Asian Religious Dimensions of the Wu-Tang Clan: Racial and Religious Transcendence in the Imagination of Rza." Forthcoming presentation at the American Academy of Religion, Boston, MA, November 2017.