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Alyshea Cummins

Contract Instructor

Degrees:B.A. (Windsor), M.A. (Wilfrid Laurier), Ph.D. (Ottawa)
Office:By appointment


Alyshea Cummins is an instructor of Religion in the College of Humanities and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton University. Cummins’ teaching and research interests include contemporary Islam, the sociology of religion, the anthropology of religion, religion and migration, religion and identity, religion and society, religion and politics, religious literacy, and religion and social change.

In addition to her teaching interests, Cummins is also a Postdoctoral Research Fellow for the Transmission of Religion Across Generations project (University of Ottawa) – examining how (non)religion is passed on from one generation to the next and the factors that contribute to the (un)successful transmission of religion across generations. Cummins is also a Postdoctoral Research Fellow for the Nonreligion in a Complex Future project (University of Ottawa), examining nonreligious identity and nonreligious immigrant identities.

Alongside her research and teaching activities, Cummins serves as the Member-At-Large for the Canadian Society for the Study of Religion (CSSR) and as a Committee Member for the Religion and Migration unit at the American Academy of Religion. (AAR).

Courses 2021-2022

Religion and Society (RELI2736/ANTH2550)
Global Religions: Identity and Community (RELI1741)


Cummins, Alyshea. “Making Space Through Public Engagements: Canadian Ismaili Muslims.” In Bloomsbury Handbook of Religion and Migration, edited by Rubina Ramji and Alison Marshall. UK: Bloomsbury Press, 2022.

Beyer, Peter, Alyshea Cummins, and Scott Craig. “Religious/Spiritual Identity among Younger Adults in Canada: A Complex Portrait.” In Young People and the Diversity of (Non)Religious Identities in International Perspective, edited by Elizabeth Arweck and Heather Shipley. Springer, 2019.

Beyer, Peter, Scott Craig, and Alyshea Cummins. “Religious Identity Construction among Young Adults in Canada: The Religious, the Spiritual, and the Non-Religious.” In Youth, Religion, and Identity in a Globalizing Context: International Perspectives, edited by Paul L. Gareau, Spencer C. Bullivant, and Peter Beyer, 33–52. Brill, 2018.

Beyer, Peter, Alyshea Cummins, Scott Craig, and Manvitha Singamsetty. “Cultural and Religious Identity among 18 to 45 Year-Olds in Canada: A Survey, Summary and Selected Findings.” Ottawa, Ontario: Religion and Diversity Project, 2017.

Beyer, Peter, Alyshea Cummins, and Scott Craig. “Measuring Religious Identity Differently: A Canadian Survey Study | Beyer | Bulletin for the Study of Religion.” Bulletin for the Study of Religion 45, no. 1 (2016).