Academic Work

Sarah Veale is a graduate student at the University of Toronto’s Department for the Study of Religion. Her master’s project focuses on Dionysiac cult in the Roman Empire.

Prior to graduate school, she was a Religious Studies/Classical Studies double major in the honours program at York University, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. In addition, she has an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts (cum laude) and has taken web master courses at the post-secondary level.

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Master’s of Arts (Candidate)
Department for the Study of Religion
University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Research focus: Greco-Roman Religion

2015 Honours Bachelor of Arts, Summa Cum Laude
Double major: Religious Studies/Classical Studies
York University
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
GPA: 8.62/9.00 (A+)

1998-2000 Associate of Arts Degree, Cum Laude
Moraine Valley Community College
Palos Hills, Illinois, USA


English, German (lapsed)
Ancient Greek
Intermediate Latin

Scholarships and Awards

  • 2015 Awarded a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (Master’s) from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council to facilitate my research into Dionysiac cult.
  • 2015 Awarded the 2014-2015 Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies Essay Prize, Honourable Mention for Research, an award recognizing outstanding examples of expository writing.
  • 2015 Vanier College Convocation Prize in Classical Studies and Religious Studies, given to the student who has achieve the highest GPA in these programs.
  • 2015 Vingt-deux Master’s Honour Roll award, given to the twenty-two students with the highest cumulative grade point average.
  • 2015 Vanier College Council 50th Anniversary award, awarded to a student who has demonstrated commitment to the Vanier College student body and/or the community.
  • 2014 Awarded the York University Faculty Association Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship, which is given to the student with the highest GPA in their faculty.
  • 2014 Awarded a York University Continuing Student Scholarship, a merit-based award for academic excellence. (This is the third consecutive year in which I have received this award.)
  • 2013 Awarded the William R. Coleman Prize for the best essay written by an honour student in a humanities or religious studies course.
  • 2013 Awarded the 2012-2013 Classics Award, given to the most promising student in Greek or Latin.
  • 2012 Awarded the Israel Mida and Family Award for Excellence in Jewish Studies.
  • Admitted to the Dean’s Circle of Student Scholars, a designation given to those in the faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Sciences with a grade point average of 90% or higher.
  • 2011 Admitted to the Golden Key Honour Society.
  • 1999 Phi Theta Kappa National Honours society.

Refereed Journal Articles

“Orientalism in Iamblichus’ The Mysteries,” in The Pomegranate: The International Journal of Pagan Studies, Vol. 15, no. 1-2 (2013).

Conference Presentations

“Two Martyrdoms of John the Baptist,” paper co-presented (with Tony Burke) at the annual Canadian Society of Biblical Studies Conference, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario.

“Disenchantment of the Vampire: Balkan Folklore’s Deadly Encounter with Modernity,” paper presented at the Association for the Study of Esotericism Conference, Hamilton, New York (2014).

Book Reviews

Marco Pasi, Aleister Crowley and the Temptation of Politics (Durham: Acumen Publishing, 2013) in Pomegranate: The International Journal of Pagan Studies, Vol. 16, No. 1 (2014).

Conferences Organized and Professional Activities

  • Research Assistant for Philip A. Harland, Indexing and proofreading of manuscript, Greco-Roman Associations: Texts, Translations, and Commentary. II. North Coast of the Black Sea, Asia Minor. Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die neutestamentliche Wissenschaft. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2014. (2014)
  • Colloquium Coordinator, Ancient Abbeys of Brittany Project Colloquium, “Cistercians and Canons Regular in Medieval Brittany, Normandy, England and Wales.” (2014)
  • Assistant to the Conference Co-ordinator, York Christian Apocrypha Symposium, “Forbidden Texts on the Western Frontier.” (2013)
  • Undergraduate Representative, Tenure and Promotion Committee, Humanities Department, York University. (2013)
  • Co-Director, Network for the Study Esotericism in Antiquity, (Ongoing)
  • Coordinator of weekly chemistry colloquia, which involved arranging travel and accommodations for guests; scheduling of on-site meetings; and production of promotional literature. (2010)
  • Organizer of a “Teach-In” at Moraine Valley Community College, a campus-wide event. (1999)

Academic Work Experience

August 2012 – June 2014
Peer Advisor, Vanier College, York University.

February 2010-August 2010
Secretary, Office of the Chair, Department of Chemistry, University of Toronto.

Fall 2005-Spring 2006
Guest Lecturer, Continuing Education Writing Course, Mohawk College.

Professional Organizations

American Academy of Religion (AAR)
Canadian Society for Biblical Studies (CSBS)
Classical Association of Canada (CAC)
European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism (ESSWE)

Other Related Work

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