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2011-2012 Fellows

Elesha Coffman

Elesha Coffman (Ph.D., Duke University) is Assistant Professor of History at Waynesburg University in Waynesburg, PA. Her research explores the role of print media in the formation of religious identity and community. At Princeton she completed the manuscript for her first book, The Christian Century and the Rise of the Protestant Mainline, a cultural history of the magazine that served as a forum for debate and a touchstone of community for the emerging mainline in the first half of the twentieth century. The study questions the nature, and limits, of cultural influence in America’s religious marketplace.   Coffman will be joining the faculty of the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary in the fall of 2012.

Jaeeun Kim

Jaeeun Kim (Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles) is a sociologist who examines the migration careers, legalization strategies, and conversion patterns of ethnic Korean migrants from northeast China to the U.S.. The project examines how emigration and immigration policies, transnational migration brokerage networks, legal professionals, and religious institutions shape contemporary long-distance international migration. Kim's dissertation examined the selective, shifting, and contested embrace of ethnic Koreans in China and Japan by the two Korean states from a comparative and historical perspective. Her postdoctoral project extends the theoretical implications of her dissertation by examining the transpacific flows of people and religious faiths between East Asia and North America through the lens of the intersecting literatures on religion, migration, ethnicity, law, and transnationalism.   In 2012-2013, she will hold a postdoctoral fellowship at the Shorenstein Asia Pacific Research Center at Stanford, and in 2013 will be Assistant Professor of Sociology at George Mason University.

Stewart Fellow

Jessica Delgado

Jessica Delgado joined the Princeton religion department in 2009 as a Stewart Fellow and lecturer. Her research and teaching interests center on the history of religion in colonial Latin America, with a particular focus on Mexico, women, gender, sexuality, and the Catholic Church. Jessica received her Ph.D. in Latin American history at the University of California at Berkeley, where she completed a dissertation entitled, “Sacred Practice, Intimate Power: Laywomen and the Church in Colonial Mexico.” She is currently working on an article about intimacy and conflict in sacramental relationships between laywomen and priests and is starting to revise her dissertation for publication. She is particularly interested in expanding her exploration of laywomen’s experiences of and contributions to the material and visual culture of devotion in seventeenth and eighteenth century Mexico.

Affiliate Fellows

Kate Carte Engel

Kate Carté Engel is an Associate Professor of History at Texas A&M University and, in 2011-2012, a Charles A. Ryskamp Fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies.  Her research interests center on the role of religion in the eighteenth-century Atlantic world, especially as it intersects with political and economic developments.  While at Princeton she will be researching her current project, “Breaking Ties: International Protestantism and the American Revolution,” which investigates the consequences of that war for transatlantic Protestant networks in North America, Britain, and Europe.  She is the author of Religion and Profit: Moravians in Early America (2009), and she received her Ph.D. in history from the University of Wisconsin in 2003. 

Samuel Goldman

Samuel Goldman received his Ph.D. in Political Science in 2010. His dissertation, The Shadow of God: Strauss, Jacobi, and the Theologico-Political Problem was awarded the Robert Noxon Toppan Prize for the Best Dissertation on a Subject of Political Science by the Department of Government at Harvard University. Goldman is currently revising it for publication. Goldman’s teaching interests include: secularization theories, the political thought of the Enlightenment, and German idealism. In addition to scholarly publications, his writing has appeared in The American Conservative, The New Criterion, and Maximumrocknroll.