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2001-2002 Visiting Fellows

Anthea D. Butler received the Ph.D. in American religious history from Vanderbilt University and is currently Assistant Professor of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.  At Princeton she will work to revise for publication her dissertation, “A Peculiar Synergy: Matriarchy and the Church of God in Christ.”  The project chronicles the inception of the Women’s Department of the Church of God in Christ, the largest African-American Pentecostal denomination, and analyzes the role of the Church Mother.     

Rosemary Polanin Carbine holds the Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Chicago.  She is one of two postdoctoral fellows supported by the Program in Public Theology.  She comes to Princeton to revise for publication her dissertation, entitled “Becoming Persons of Accountability: A Feminist Theological Anthropology for Theological Education.”  Her project analyzes the ways in which contemporary programs in ministerial training go about the task of educating church leaders to engage in public theology.     

Deidre Helen Crumbley received the Ph.D. in Anthropology from Northwestern University and also holds a Masters of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School.  She is currently Assistant Professor of Africana Studies at North Carolina State University.  She has completed a book manuscript entitled “Spirit and Structure: Institution-Building and Gender Practices in Three African Churches,” submitted for publication.  At Princeton she will shift her research area to the African Diaspora and work on an historical ethnography of the intersection of race, gender, and religious innovation in the rise of an inner-city African American  female-founded storefront church.     

Bryan J. Cuevas received the Ph.D. in Religion from the University of Virginia and is currently Assistant Professor of Religion at Florida State University.  He is the postdoctoral fellow for this year’s Thematic Project, “Death and Dying in Buddhist Cultures,” directed by Professor Jacqueline Stone.  His own research concerns Tibetan Buddhist death practices, and he will work at Princeton on his project, “Rituals, Revenants, and the Walking Dead: Death and Afterlife in Premodern Tibet.”  His manuscript, currently under review for publication, is entitled, “The Treasures of Gampodar Mountain: A History of The Tibetan Book of the Dead.”     

Yehuda Galinsky received the Ph.D. in Talmud and Rabbinic Literature from Bar-Ilan University in Israel.  He is the postdoctoral fellow for this year’s Thematic Project, “Poverty and Charity in Judaism in the Islamic World in the Period  of the Cairo Geniza,” directed by Professor Mark R. Cohen.  His dissertation is entitled, “The Four Turim and the Halakhic Literature of Fourteenth-Century Spain: Historical, Literary, and Halakhic Aspects.”  At Princeton he will work on Jewish practices of charity in fourteenth-century Christian Spain.     

Paul Lichterman holds the Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley and is currently Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.  He is one of two postdoctoral fellows supported by the Program in Christian Thought and Practice and is the author of The Search for Political Community: American Activists Reinventing Commitment (Cambridge University Press, 1996).  At Princeton he will work on his current project, which explores Christianity and civic renewal in America; the project gives a close-up view of faith-based responses to welfare reform.     

Sharon Erickson Nepstad received the Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Colorado and is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and the Graduate Center for Social and Public Policy at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.  She is one of two postdoctoral fellows supported by the Program in Christian Thought and Practice.  Specializing in the study of social movements, religion, and conflict resolution and peace studies, she will work at Princeton on her project, “Swords into Plowshares: The Theology and Practice of the Catholic Left.”     

Philip Ziegler holds the Th.D. in Systematic Theology from Emmanuel College at the University of Toronto.  He is one of two postdoctoral fellows supported by the Program in Public Theology.  His dissertation is entitled “The Concreteness of Christian Theology in a Time of Gottesvergessenheit: An Analytical Study of the Theological Programme of Wolf Krötke.”  He comes to Princeton to work on a project on the public theologian Paul L. Lehmann, with an eye toward advancing current discussions concerning the character and direction of public theology in North America.