Graduate Student Fellows


Religion and Culture

Kyle Bond, Religion, “Illuminated in Dreams: the Practice of Asceticism and the Production of Revelatory Dreams and Visions in Early Medieval Japan”

Merle Eisenberg, History, “The Fracturing of Roman Identity: Christianity, Social Relations, and Governance in Late Antique Gaul”

Kaoru Hayashi, East Asian Studies,”Mediating Spirits: Narratives of Vengeful Spirits and Genealogies in Premodern Japanese Literature”

John Lansdowne, Art and Architecture, “The Micromosaic Man of Sorrows: Fraction and Union in Byzantium and Renaissance Rome”

Caroline Mann, Classics, “Religious Transgression in the Roman Republic”

Randall Pippenger, History, “The Consequences of Crusading: Aristocratic Families in the County of Champagne, 1175-1225”

Orlando Reade, English, “‘Being a Lover of the World:’ English poetry and cosmology in the seventeenth century”

Hollis Shaul, History, “The Priors and the Prince: The Carthusians and the State in Angevin Provence”

Kate Thorpe, English, “Between Figure and Form: Personification as Experiential and Predetermined Meaning from Milton’s ‘Sin’ to Wordsworth’s ‘Poet’”

Jan Van Doren, History, “Corruption in the Carolingian Empire and the Post-Carolingian Kingdoms, c. 800-1100”

Raissa Von Doetinchem de Rande, Religion, “Greek Thought and the Limits of Fitra: Philosophical and Theological Debates over Moral Knowledge from Ibn Sina to Ibn Taymiya”

Religion and Public Life

Timothy Benedict, Religion, Soul Searching: Spiritual Care in the Japanese Hospice

Megan Brand, Politics, “Legal mechanisms as socialization: refugee law evolution in the U.S.”

Eden Consenstein, Religion, “Time and Life: Henry R. Luce’s Media Empire and Moral Mission”

Megan Eardley, Architecture, “Re-examining the Military Industrial Complex in Southern Africa”

Emily Goshey, Religion, “Omani Ibadism: Transformations in Modernity, Encounters with Salafism”

Alyssa Maldonado-Estrada, Religion, “Lifeblood of the Parish: Men and Catholic Practice in Williamsburg, Brooklyn”

Shay O’Brien, Sociology, “The language of sexual ethics among young social conservatives”

Ryan Parsons, Sociology, “Religion in Unsettled Times”

Matthew Ritger, English, “Shakespeare and the Culture of Correction”

Fatima Siwaju, Anthropology, “Between the Nation, the Diaspora and the (Shi’i ) Umma: A Tale of Two Communities

Ramina Sotoudeh, Sociology, “Institutional and folk religious beliefs in Muslim-majority countries”

Andrew Walker-Cornetta, Religion, “Believing in Difference: A Religious History of Mental Retardation in the Mid-Twentieth Century United States”

Kyla Young, History, Vested in Faith: A Religious History of American Stockholders


Religion and Culture

Abraham Berkovitz, Religion, The Practice of Psalms in Late Antiquity

Daniel Blank, English, The University Stage and its Adversaries in Reformation England

Holly Borham, Art and Archaeology, The Art of Confession: Picturing Lutheranism, Calvinism, and Catholicism in Northwest Germany, 1580-1620

Ireri Chavez Barcenas, Music, Singing in the City of Angels: Ritual, Identity, and Devotion in Post-Tridentine Puebla de los Angeles

Emily Goshey, Religion, Clothing, Coffee, and Casting Spells: an Omani-Ibadi Struggle for Orthodoxy

Kwi Jeong Lee, Religion, Remaking the Image: Discourses of Buddhist Icon Worship in Medieval China (ca. 300-850 CE)

Morgan Robinson, History, An Uncommon Standard: Students, Missionaries, and the Standardization of Swahili, 1864-1925

Henry Shapiro, History, The Great Armenian Flight: The Celali Revolts and the Rise of Western Armenian Society

Wasim Shiliwala, Near Eastern Studies, Islamic Law for a Modern Public

Religion and Public Life

Timothy Benedict, Religion, Spiritual Care in the Japanese Hospice

Jessamin Birdsall, Sociology, Comparative Study of South Asian Muslim Integration in the US and UK

Megan Eardley, Architecture, From Blood River to Blackwater: Security Cultures in the Dutch Reformed Church

Onur Gunay, Anthropology, Becoming Kurdish: Migration, Labor, and Political Islam in Contemporary Turkey

Alyssa Maldonado, Religion, Lifeblood of the Parish: Men and Catholic Practice in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Heath Pearson, Anthropology, The Carceral Outside: Living and Laboring in a New Jersey Prison Town

Leslie Ribovich, Religion, Moral Education in Devotion’s Wake: A History of Teaching Religion, Morality, and Race in 1950s-1960s New York City Public Schools

Ramina Sotoudeh, Sociology, A Cross-National Comparison of Love and Piety in the Muslim World

Beth Stroud, Religion, A Loftier Race: American Liberal Protestants and Eugenics, 1877-1980

Grace Tien, Sociology, Confucian and Protestant Ethics and the Spirit of Chinese Capitalism

Taylor Winfield, Sociology, Kiruv on North American College Campuses: Outreach Strategies of Jewish Organizations

Kyla Young, History, Vested in Faith: A Religious History of American Stockholders


Religion and Culture

Carl Adair, English, Faith in the Text: Modernist Poetics and Literary Fundamentalism

Timothy Benedict, Religion, Spiritual Care in Japanese Hospice

Shira Billet, Religion, The Sources of the Social: Hermann Cohen, German Idealism, and the Science of Judaism

Miriam Chusid, Art and Archaeology, The Shōjūraigōji Six Paths Scrolls and Representations of Life After Death in Medieval Japan

David Henreckson, Religion, The Immortal Commonwealth: Covenant, Law, and the Common Good in Early Modern Protestant Thought

Kijan Maxam, Religion, The Intersection of Religion and Politics in Jamaica from the late Nineteenth Century to the Present

Matthew Spellberg, Comparative Literature, Dreaming and its Relation to Social Life and Isolation, with the Creation of Private and Public Forms of Spiritual Experience

Beth Stroud, Religion, A Loftier Race: American Liberal Protestants and Eugenics, 1877-1930

Jessica Wright, Classics, Brain and Soul in Late Antiquity


Religion and Public Life

Jessamin Birdsall, Sociology, Comparative Study of South Asian Muslim Integration in the US and UK

Kellen Funk, History, The Chiasm of American Religious and Legal Pluralism

Douglas Gildow, Religion, Educating Chinese Buddhist Monastics in the People’s Republic of China

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

Samantha Jaroszewski, Sociology, Investigating the Intersection of Family, Religion, and Well-being

Alyssa Maldonado, Religion, Masculinities and Devotion at the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Kevin Mazur, Politics, How Sectarian Boundaries Structure Revolutionary Conflict

Elizabeth Nugent, History, The Politics of Repression: Collective Memory and the Formation of Political Cleavage Structures in Egypt and Tunisia

Leslie Ribovich, Religion, Teaching Understandings of Morality, Race, and Religion in New York City Public High Schools from the mid-1950s to 1980

Grace Tien, Sociology, The Impact and Influence of Confucian and Protestant Christian Values on Business Management and Practices in China


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”