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Alyshea Cummins

Contract Instructor

Degrees:B.A. (Windsor), M.A. (Wilfrid Laurier), Ph.D. Candidate (Ottawa)
Office:310A Paterson Hall
Office Hours (Winter 2020): Monday 2:30-3:00pm or by appointment


Alyshea Cummins is an instructor of religion in the College of Humanities at Carleton University and currently teaches the Religion and Society course (RELI 2736/ANTH2550). Cummins is also a PhD candidate in religious studies at the University of Ottawa. Cummins’ research interests include contemporary Islam, religion and migration, religion and society, and social change. Her doctoral thesis examines the Shi’a Ismaili Muslim community and how they are challenging anti-Muslim narratives in Canadian society. Alongside research activities, Cummins serves as the National Newcomer Lead for the Aga Khan Settlement Portfolio, steering a team to identify migrant community challenges, both cultural and practical, and creates standards and protocols to ensure the optimal (re)settlement of newly arrived migrants into Canadian society.


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

Beyer, Peter., Craig, Scott., and Cummins, Alyshea. (2018). “Religious Identity Construction among Young Adults in Canada: The Religious, the Spiritual, and the Non-Religious” in Youth at the Intersections of Religion and Identity: Canadian and International Contexts. Bullivant, Spencer., and Gareau, Paul (eds). Brill.

Beyer, Peter., Cummins, Alyshea., Craig, Scott., and Singamsetty, Manvitha. (2017). Cultural and Religious Identity among 18 to 45 year-olds in Canada: A Survey, Summary and Selected Findings. Ottawa, Ontario: The Religion and Diversity Project. Available Online:

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