||Stephanie Yep ’10
Majored in religion
Doctoral student, Emory University
Stephanie Yep is currently a second-year doctoral student studying West and South Asian Religions with a focus on constructions of masculinity in early Islamic history. Stephanie serves as a teaching assistant, and this coming year she will be part of the steering committee, Men, Masculinity and Religion, at the annual American Academy of Religion conference.
“My professors at Illinois College were extremely engaging, and the classroom was both a challenging and exciting environment. The teaching was so excellent and left such an impression on me that it inspired me to pursue a career in higher education. My professors also encouraged me to pursue graduate work, something that I had not considered when I first applied to Illinois College. My classes at IC provided the necessary background in religious studies for me to succeed in graduate school, first at Wake Forest University and now at Emory University. Overall, I can confidently say that, had I studied at a different undergraduate institution, I would likely not be an aspiring scholar of Islamic studies. I owe my position at Emory and my ongoing passion of religious studies to the faculty at Illinois College.”