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Visiting Fellows

2013-2014 Affiliate Visiting Fellows

Affiliate Visiting Fellows devote the major portion of their time to research and writing on their own works-in-progress, while also participating in various activities of the Center, including symposia, conferences, and public lectures.  Affiliate Fellows have secured their own funding from outside funding sources.

Gill Frank

Gillian Frank received his PhD from the Department of American Studies at Brown University. He recently completed an American Council of Learned Societies New Faculty Fellowship with the Department of History at Stony Brook University. Frank has published on the intertwined histories of religion, conservatism, sexuality and gender in the United States. His work has appeared in venues such as Journal of the History of Sexuality and Journal of Religion and Popular Culture.  He is currently working on a book project entitled Save Our Children: Sexual Politics and Cultural Conservatism in the United States, 1965-1990, which will be published with University of Pennsylvania Press.  Save Our Children  explores the rise of political and religious conservatism between 1965 and 1990 by focusing on how social and political movements used the image of endangered children to redefine religious and civil rights and cultural mores. Frank is also co-editing an anthology on Histories of Sexuality and Religion in the 20 th Century United States

James Bell

James B. Bell is a Distinguished Fellow of the Rothermere American Institute at the University of Oxford and a Visiting Scholar during 2013 at the Princeton Theological Seminary. He is writing a book at the Center on the subject of New England in Transition: Colonists, Parsons, and the English Church, 1722-1783. Among his publications are the following: Empire, Religion and Revolution in Early Virginia, 1607-1786 (2013), A War of Religion: Dissenters, Anglicans, and the American Revolution (2008), The Imperial Origins of the King’s Church in Early America, 1607-1783 ( 2004), and the biographical accounts of 1,290 Colonial American Clergy of the Church of England, 1607-1783 Database (2004) at He has taught at Princeton University, Barnard College, the College of Wooster, and the Ohio State University.

Hillary Kaell

Hillary Kaell completed her doctorate at Harvard University in 2011 and is currently an assistant professor of religion at Concordia University in Montreal. Her work draws on cultural anthropology and history to focus on three major themes: how North American Christians imagine, theologize and engage in global ‘flows’; how people of faith develop relationships with objects and through them; and how, in a comparative frame, points of intersection occur between Catholics and Protestants. These questions are central in her first book, Walking Where Jesus Walked: American Christians and Holy Land Pilgrimage (New York University Press, forthcoming), the only major study of contemporary American trips to Israel-Palestine. At Princeton, she will be working on her next book, which examines international child sponsorship in Christian missions and development organizations. This project considers how pervasive cultural notions are created, disseminated, and affect the development of transnational institutions and economies. It also examines sponsorship as lived religious practice, tracing how participants conceptualize it with regard to sin, “seed” money, kinship ties, biblical images, and precepts. 

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