Larissa (larissa.fardelos @ mail.utoronto.ca) joined the Department for the Study of Religion as an MA student in the fall of 2014. She received her BA in Global Studies with a concentration in Cultural Anthropology and Representation from Long Island University’s Global College in 2011. Her proposed thesis explores spiritual teachings for women in Indian Vajrayana Buddhism. She approaches her study utilizing both anthropological methods as well as primary text interpretation. In March 2015 Larissa was admitted to the Department for the Study of Religion’s doctoral program, which she will be joining in fall.