2010-2011 Visiting Fellows
Annie Blazer received her PhD in 2009 from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has taught as a Faculty Teaching Fellow at Millsaps College in Jackson, MS from 2008-2010. Her research focuses on evangelical Christianity and popular culture in America. Dr. Blazer uses anthropological methods to explore how evangelical cultural practices affect understandings of gender, politics, and morality. While at Princeton, she will finish her first book, Faith on the Field: Sports, Gender, and Evangelicalism in America. Faith on the Field is an exploration of sports ministry, the use of athletes and coaches as evangelical spokespeople, and the book pays particular attention to gender and capitalism as key sites of engagement in Christian sporting culture.
Grace Yukich received her Ph.D. in Sociology from New York University in 2010. Her research examines the shifting boundaries of religion, particularly as it relates to politics, immigration, race, and the secular. At the Center she will be writing a book on the New Sanctuary Movement, an interfaith movement for the rights of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. The book takes an innovative approach to the study of religious social movements. Rather than asking how religious beliefs inspire activists, she analyzes the movement as a citizenship project: a collective challenge to the exclusive, secular norms of modern citizenship. She also asks how religion’s role in the public sphere is changing as a result of the growing religious diversity accompanying immigration from Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Grace is a member of the Emerging Scholars in Religion & Public Life Working Group at NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge. She is also a regular contributor to The Immanent Frame, the Social Science Research Council’s blog on religion and secularism. Finally, she is a Research Fellow on the national Changing Spirituality of Emerging Adults Project, funded by the Lilly Endowment. Related to this project, she is conducting research on young adults in progressive Protestant churches in New York City, exploring the changing balance between the immanent and the transcendent in their religious lives.
Stewart Fellow, 2009-2011
Phillip Haberkern joined the Princeton religion department in 2009 as a Stewart Fellow and lecturer. His research interests lay in the history of late medieval and early modern Christianity, with particular attention to the Bohemian and German reformations and the development of dissident and heretical religious movements. Phillip holds a Master's degree from Harvard Divinity School and completed his Ph.D. in history at the University of Virginia. He was also a visiting scholar at Charles University in Prague while on a Fulbright grant to the Czech Republic. He is currently working on an article exploring the relationship between popular preaching and religious violence, and is beginning to turn his dissertation into a book tentatively entitled “'We are the Sons of the Saints:' The Commemoration of Saint Jan Hus and the Bohemian Reformation in the Fifteenth Century."