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Graduate Student Fellows


Religion and Culture

Vaughn Booker, Religion, "From Virtuosos to Ancestors: Expressing Belief and Representing Race among African American Jazz Musicians"

Daniel Burton-Rose, East Asian Studies, "The Religious Activism of Qing Dynasty Literati-Officials"

Clifton Granby, Religion, "Fruits of Love: Self and Social Criticism in Ralph Waldo Emerson, James Baldwin, and Howard Thurman"

Alexander Kocar, Religion, "On Earth as it is in Heaven: The Social and Ethical Dimensions of Higher and Lower Levels of Salvation"

Meg Leja, History, “Dissecting the Inner Life: Body and Soul, Medicine and Metaphor in the Carolingian Era”

Molly Lester, History, “The Word as Lived: The Practice of Orthodoxy in Visigothic Iberia, 540-700”

Aaron Rock-Singer, Near Eastern Studies, “Between Text and Contestation: Islamic Magazines and Religious Revival in Egypt, 1976-1981”

Christian Sahner, History, “Christian Martyrdom in the Early Islamic Period”

Elise Wang, Comparative Literature, “The Measure of Punishment: Proportion and Pain in Late Medieval English Literature”

Wei Wu, Religion, “Indigenization of Tibetan Buddhism in Twentieth-Century China”

Religion and Public Life

Douglas Gildow, Religion, "Contemporary Chinese Buddhist Seminaries"

Michael Hoffman, Politics, "Religion, Group Interest, and Democracy"

Samantha Jaroszewski, Sociology, "A Proposal for the Sociological Investigation of Human Well-being:   Positive Emotion, Relationships, Meaning and Altruism"

Alyssa Maldonado, Religion, "Saints in the Streets: Neighborhood Memory and Ethnic Geography"

Leslie Ribovich, Religion, "Sacred Schooling: The Character Education Movement of the 1980-90s and U.S. Civil Religion"

Allison Schnable, Sociology, "Voluntary Entrepreneurs: The Growth of American Grassroots Development Organizations"

William Schultz, History, "Garden of the Gods: Colorado Springs and the Myth of the Culture War"

Irene Elizabeth Stroud, Religion, "'A Loftier Race': Liberal Protestantism and Eugenics"

Alexander Wamboldt, Anthropology, "The Marriage Monopoly: Family and Israeli Law"


Religion and Culture

 Megan Brankley Abbas, History, "Islam in the University: Blurring the Line between Religious Studies and Theology"

Mika Ahuvia, Religion, "Israel among the Angels: A Study of Angels in Jewish Texts from the Fourth to Eighth Century CE"

Simon W. Fuchs, Near Eastern Studies, "Elusive Centers: Debating Shi'ite Orthodoxy in Pakistan"

Douglas Gildow, Religion, "Cultural Ontologies of Chinese Buddhist Monastics"

Rebecca Johnson, History, "Praying for Deliverance: Childbirth and the Cult of the Saints in the Later Medieval Mediterranean"

Valeria Lopez Fadul, History, "Early Modern Spanish Scholars on Language and Linguistic Diversity"

Helen Pfeifer, History, "The Role of Islam in Shaping Cross-Cultural Encounters within Ottoman Social Gatherings"

Ana Sabau, Spanish and Portuguese, "Revolutionary Imaginations: Religion and Politics throughout Mexico's 19th Century"

Religion and Public Life

Alfredo Garcia, Sociology, "Analyzing Predictors for the Presence and Number of Unbelief Organizations at the County Level"

Michael Hoffman, Politics, "Religion and Democratic Attitudes"

Erin Johnston, Sociology, "Spiritual Disciplines: Transmission, Initiation and Maintenance; and Their Roles in Formation of Spiritual Selves and Subjectivities"

George Laufenberg, Anthropology, "The Varieties of Clinical Experience: An Anthropological Study of Presence, Transformation, and Community among US Mental Health Practitioners"

Kati Li, Sociology, "How Evangelical Christian Therapists Negotiate Resistance and Accommodation to the Secular"

Allison Schnable, Sociology, "The Growth of Grassroots International Aid Organizations and their Significance as an Emerging Form of Global Generosity"

Steven Snell, Politics, "How Religious Congregations Shape the Political Behavior of Congregants"

Irene Elizabeth Stroud, Religion, "Liberal Protestants and Eugenics int he Late-Nineteenth- and Early-Twentieth-Century United States"

2012-2013 Religion and Culture

Alexander Bevilacqua, History, “ Islamic Culture in Enlightenment Europe”

Christine Bourgeois, French and Italian, “ Saintly Asceticism and the Literary Machine: The Many Lives of Saint Anthony the Great”

Rozaliya Garipova, Near Eastern Studies, “ The transformation of religious authority and Islamic law in the Volga-Ural Muslim community of the Russian Empire in the 19th early 20th centuries.”

Jun Hu, Art and Archaeology, “ Embracing the Circle: Domical Buildings in East Asian Architecture ca. 200-750”

David Jorgensen, Religion, “Treasure Hidden in a Field: Valentinian Exegesis of the Gospel of Matthew”

Ross Lerner, English, “ Framing Fanaticism: Religion, Violence, and the Literature of Self-Annihilation across the Reformation”

Christopher Mayo, East Asian Studies, “ Un-Christianity and the Otomo Clan in Sixteenth-Century Japan"

Religion and Public Life

Megan Brankley, History, “ Academic Islam: The Western University, Islamic Modernism, and Developmentalism”

Alfredo Garcia, Sociology, “D oes the Extended Contact Effect Apply to Institutions? An Experimental Design Examining Muslims and Mosques in the United States.”

Erin Johnston, Sociology, “ Becoming a Practitioner: Embodied Experience in the Learning of Spiritual Practices”

George Laufenberg, Anthropology, “ The Varieties of Clinical Experience: An Anthropological Study of Metaphysics and the Making of Community Among US Mental Health Care Practitioners.”

Kati Li, Sociology, “ Inhabiting both Religious and Secular Worlds: Christian Counselors Negotiate Professionalism and Medicalization.”

Matty Lichtenstein, Sociology, "Emerging Adults and the Religious Encounter:  Marginality, Community, and the Individual Quest in a New York Synagogue"

Allison Schnable, Sociology, “ Volun-trepreneurs: The Growth of American Grassroots Development Organizations”

Steven Snell, Political Science, “ Unpacking the Black Box of Religious Mobilization”

Irene (Beth) Stroud, Religion, “ Liberal Protestantism and Eugenics in the United States, 1883-1933”