Bethany Babinchak

Financial Officer Contact About
no photo t: 416-978-1376 f: 416-978-1610 e: Bethany Babinchak is the financial and payroll officer at the Department for Religion.


Marilyn Colaço

Undergraduate Program Assistant Contact About
Colacao, Marilyn t: 416-978-2395 f: 416-978-1610 e: Marilyn Colaço assists with the administration of the undergraduate program and supports the Chair and the Associate Chair. She has been with the University of Toronto both as a student and a staff member since 1995. She enjoys reading and community theatre.


Fereshteh Hashemi

Graduate Administrator Contact About

Hashemi, Fereshteh

t: 416-978-3057 f: 416-978-1610 e: Fereshteh Hashemi administers the graduate program and supports the Director of Graduate Studies. She has been with this Department since February 2007 and either a student or staff member at U of T (on and off) since 1989. After completing her Master’s in Environmental Studies and Botany in 1993 she spent the next 14 years employed in a variety of part-time jobs and volunteer positions while also raising 3 children. She loves to travel, read, and garden.

Irene Kao

Business Officer Contact About
Photo of Irene Kao t: 416-978-7438 f: 416-978-1610 e: Irene Kao joined the Department for the Study of Religion in May 1998. She attends to the financial, human resources, and operational activities of the unit. She is an alumna of the University of Toronto. Irene has completed 10 marathons and an ultra run (50km) since 2006. She is a big fan of the Toronto Raptors and the NBA in general.


Rachel Lott

Communications Assistant Contact About
Rachel Lott with Ethopian Coffee t: 416-978-0877 f: 416-978-1610


Rachel Lott handles the department’s communications and office administration. She is a UofT alumna, occasionally moonlights as a thesis editor, and is committed to the Oxford comma.