2021-2022

Religion and Culture

Yuzhou Bai
East Asian Studies, “The Rise of the Nine-rank Categorization of Humans in Early Imperial China (200 BCE – 600 CE)”
Alyssa Cady
Religion, “Triumph or Decline? Constructing Space and Time through the Late Antique Cult of Saints”
Min Tae Cha
History, “Presbyterian Visions of Global Order: Religion, Empire, and Constitutionalism, c.1830-1880”
Saumyashree Ghosh
History, “On the Edges of Empire: Government and Islam in the southern littoral of India”
Yitz Landes
Religion, “The Transmission of the Mishnah and the Spread of Rabbinic Judaism, 200 CE-1200 CE”
Nadirah Mansour
Near Eastern Studies, “A History of the Arabic Printed Book, 19th Century”
Yaara Perlman
Near Eastern Studies, “Family Relations and Politics in Early Islam”
Aaron Stamper
History, “Reconfigured and Remade: A Sensory History of Islamic Granada’s Reformation as a Civitas”
Robert Zeinstra
History, “Bush War: an environmental history of Zimbabwe’s liberation war”

Religion and Public Life

Kim Akano
Religion, “Nigerian Immigrant Race, Religion, and Culture in America”
Thalia Gigerenzer
Anthropology, “Coming of Age in the End Times: An Ethnography of Muslim Women in Delhi, India”
Kalyani Monteiro Jayasankar
Sociology, “Time and Tide: Residential Decisions in an Era of Climate Change”
Aurora Ling
Politics, “The Intersection of the Russian State and Church”
EB Saldaña
Anthropology, “Aging Out in Kentucky: Making a Life After Child Welfare”
Emily Silkaitis
Religion, “Suicide in Islamic Thought”
Mélena Sims-Laudig
Religion, “Moving with the Lord: Black Christian Women’s Transnational Mobility in the Nineteenth Century”
Fatima Siwaju
Anthropology, “Black Muslims in the Colombian Pacific: Race, Religion and Regimes of Citizenship”
William Stell
Religion, “Evangelical Gay Activism and the Construction of Antigay Christianity, 1968-1988”

2020-2021

Religion and Culture

Walter Beers, History, “The Tottering House of the World: Confessionalization and Protest in the Works of John of Ephesus (c. 507-88)”

Stephanie Fan, Comparative Literature, “Pleasure as a First Principle? Nietzsche and the French Moralists on Morality and Religion”

Ahmad Greene-Hayes, Religion, “Gods of the Flesh: Religion, Sexuality, and Circum-Caribbean Migration in Black New Orleans, 1900-1940”

David Gyllenhaal, History, “Ambulance-Chasing: A New Method for Writing the Cultural and Intellectual History of the Seventh and Eighth-Century Mediterranean”

Madeline McMahon, History, “Shepherding a Church in Crisis: Religious Life, Governance, and Knowledge in Early Modern Italy”

Molly O’Brien, French and Italian, “A Geography of Memory: Exile and Return in the Works of the Contemporary French Jewish Women Writers Hélène Cixous, Colette Fellous, and Éliette Abécassis”

David Salkowski, Music, “Music for an Imagined Liturgy: Music and Orthodoxy in Late Imperial Russia”

Hannah Smagh, Art and Archaeology, “The Nature of Sacred Space in the Classical Greek House and its Consequences for Social Practice”

Richard Spiegel, History of Science and Humanities, “History in Mind: Neo-Humanism and the Politics of the Historicist Psyche, 1830-1890”

Spencer Weinreich, History of Science , “Being Alone Together: A History of Solitary Confinement”

Religion and Public Life

Chiara Benetollo, Comparative Literature, “The Language of Reproduction Literature, Politics, and Public Health in the Soviet Union and Italy” (Withdrew)

Megan Brand, Politics, “Strategic Origins of Admissible Refugees in International Law”

Ipsita Dey, Anthropology, “Sacred Ecology and the Self: Religion and Identity Among Fijian Indian Hindus”

Rebecca Faulkner, Religion, “Muhammad Iqbal and the Meanings of South Asian Islamic Modernism”

Thalia Gigerenzer, Anthropology, “Coming of Age in the End Times: An Ethnography of Muslim Women in Delhi, India”

Kalyani Monteiro Jayasankar, Sociology, “At the Water’s Edge: Residential Decisions in an Era of Climate Change”

Peter Kitlas, Near Eastern Studies, “To the divinely guided: Crafting Islamic diplomacies in the early modern Mediterranean”

Carrie Seigler, Sociology, “The Impact of Sexual Violence on Religious and Spiritual Identity”

Fatima Siwaju, Anthropology, “Spiritual Citizens, Cosmopolitan Converts: Afro-descendant Muslims in the Colombian Pacific”

William Stell, Religion, “Gay Evangelical Activism and the Construction of Antigay Christianity”

Julian Weideman, History, “Islamic Reform on the Margins of Colonialism: Re-making the Zaytuna Mosque in the 20th Century”

2019-2020

Religion and Culture

Skyler Anderson, History, “Renegotiating Islam: The fate of the Judeo-Christian heritage in the formation of Islam”

Joshua Bauchner, History of Science and Humanities, “Walk, Play, Converse: The Mind-Body Relation in Experience and Concept from Psychophysics to Psychoanalysis”

Chiara Benetollo, Comparative Literature, “The Language of Reproduction Literature, Politics, and Public Health in the Soviet Union and Italy”

Yuanxin Chen, East Asian Studies, “At the Intersection of Religion and Historiography: Commemorating Exemplary Figures in Early Chinese Historical Biographies”

Rebecca Faulkner, Religion, “Muhammad Iqbal and the Meanings of South Asian Islamic Modernism”

Megan Gilbert, East Asian Studies, “Conciliators and Fixed Points: Dispute Resolution in Fifteenth-Century Japan”

Ariana Myers, History, “I Once Was Lost: Between Christian and Muslim in the Crown of Aragon, 1225-1339”

Liora Selinger, English, “Romanticism, Childhood, and the Poetics of Explanation”

Emily Silkaitis, Religion, “Suicide, Morality, and the Specter of Death in Islam, 1st/7th-6th/12th Centuries”

Chloe Vettier, French and Italian, “Writing out Shame: from Augusting to Jean Genet”

Justin Willson, Art and Archaeology, “The Moods of Early Russian Art: A Belated Chapter of Byzantine Aesthetics (1438-1598)”

Jessica Zu, Religion, “Toward an Ecology of Compassion: Lü Cheng’s Revolutionary Journey from Aesthetics to Yogacara, 1918-1966”

Religion and Public Life

Olaoluwatoni Alimi, Religion, “What Should Civil Religion Be? Lessons from Lactantius and Augustine”

Megan Brand, Politics, “Aiming Higher: The Politics of International Refugee Law in Domestic Contexts”

Killian Clarke, Politics, “Overthrowing Revolution: The Popular Roots of Counterrevolution”

Ipsita Dey, Anthropology, “Sacred Ecology and the Self: Religion and Identity Among Fijian Indian Hindus”

Harris Doshay, Politics, “Religion and Authoritarianism: State Protestantism in China”

Madeline Gambino, Religion, “Religious Change and Decline in 21st Century Catholic Philadelphia”

Thalia Gigerenzer, Anthropology, “Coming of Age in the End Times: An Ethnography of Young Muslim Women in Delhi, India”

Gözde Güran, Sociology, “Brokering Order in War: Informal Financial Networks in Syria’s Conflict Economy”

Judah Isseroff, Religion, “Choosing Chosenness: Secularized Theology in the Jewish Politics of Hannah Arendt and Leo Strauss”

Shay O’Brien, Sociology, “’Within Reason’ and ‘Cotton Rich and Rotten Rich’”

Kristine Wright, Religion, “Blessing the Mothers of Israel: Textual Circulation and the Creation of Social Bodies”

2018-2019

Religion and Culture

Olaoluwatoni Alimi, Religion, “Theirs is the Kingdom: Law, Citizenship, Slavery and Religion in Augustine’s Political Thought”

Richard Calis, History, “The Apostle of the Orient: Martin Crusius and the discovery of Greek Orthodoxy”

James Clayton, English, “The Reformation of Indifference: Poetry and Ritual in England, 1605-1689”

Kay Duffy, East Asian Studies, “The Third Day of the Third Month in Early Medieval China”

Megan Eardley, Architecture, “Halls of Gold and Progress: Mining, Modern Architecture, and the Production of Value in Apartheid South Africa (1953-1980)”

Dana Lee, Near Eastern Studies, “At the Limits of Law: Necessity in Islamic Legal History”

Matt Rickard, English, “Fictions of Probability: Poetry and the Reformation of Humanism”

Ana Sekulic, History, “’Their Land, Souls and Churches:’ The Rise of Franciscans and the Formation of the Catholic Community in Ottoman Bosnia (16th – 19th c.)”

Religion and Public Life

Nareman Amin, Religion, “Revolutionary Religion: Islamic Manifestations and Interruptions in Post-2011 Egypt”

Elizabeth Baisley, Politics, “The Dynamics of Party Position Change: A Comparison of American and Canadian Party Position-Taking on Moral Issues”

Megan Brand, Politics, “Aiming Higher: The Politics of International Refugee Law in Domestic Contexts”

Eden Consenstein, Religion, “”To Dramatize the Pleasant:” Religion at Time Incorporated, 1923-1964”

Madeline Gambino, Religion, “Religious Nostalgia and Decline in 21st Century Philadelphia”

Ahmad Greene-Hayes, Religion, “A Religious History of ‘Negro Cults’ and African Vice in the American South, 1890-1960”

Shay O’Brien, Sociology, “’Within Reason’ and ‘Cotton Rich and Rotten Rich’”

Andrew Walker-Cornetta, Religion, ““Spiritual Rehabilitation: A Religious History of Intellectual Disability in Postwar America”

Kyla Young, History, “Vested in Faith: A Religious History of Corporate Social Reponsibility”

2017-2018

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

2016-2017

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

2015-2016

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

2014-2015

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”

2013-2014

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”