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Young Scholars in American Religion 2013-2015 Selected


Young Scholars in American Religion 2013-2015 Selected

Congratulations to the following scholars who have been chosen to participate in the 2013-2015 series of Young Scholars in American Religion seminars. They will meet in Indianapolis on four occasions: September 25-29, 2013; April 2-6, 2014; September 17-21, 2014; and April 15-19, 2015.

Shelby Balik, (Ph.D., American History, University of Wisconsin-Madison), Department of History, Metropolitan State University of Denver; Omri Elisha, (Ph.D., Anthropology, New York University), Department of Anthropology, Queens College, CUNY; Allison Greene (Ph.D., History, Yale University), Department of History, Mississippi State University; Rosemary R. Corbett (Hicks) (Ph.D., Religion, Columbia University), Bard Prison Initiative, Bard College; Kathleen Holscher (Ph.D., Religion, Princeton University), American Studies Department and Religious Studies Program, University of New Mexico; Hillary Kaell (Ph.D., American Studies, Harvard University) Department of Religion, Concordia University; David King (Ph.D., Historical Studies, Emory University), Church History, Memphis Theological Seminary; Anthony Petro (Ph.D., Religion, Princeton University), Department of Religion, Boston University; John Seitz (Ph.D., Religion, Harvard University), Theology Department, Fordham University; and Josef Sorett (Ph.D., African American Studies, Harvard University), Department of Religion, Columbia University. These ten scholars, along with seminar leaders Courtney Bender and Robert Orsi, will meet in Indianapolis for each of four four-day seminars over the next two years.

Courtney Bender is an Associate Professor in the Department of Religion at Columbia University. She specializes in contemporary American religion and the social scientific study of religion. She is author of The New Metaphysicals: Spirituality and the American Religious Imagination (Chicago 2010), and Heaven’s Kitchen: Practicing Religion at God’s Love We Deliver (Chicago 2003). She is co-editor with Pamela Klassen of After Pluralism: Reimagining Religious Engagement (Columbia 2010); and co-editor with Ann Taves of What Matters? Ethnographies of Value in a Secular Age (Columbia 2012). 

Robert Orsi holds the Grace Craddock Nagle Chair in Catholic Studies at Northwestern University. He studies America religious history and contemporary practice and American Catholicism in both historical and ethnographic perspective, and is widely recognized for his work on theory and method for the study of religion. His first book, The Madonna of 115th Street: Faith and Community in Italian Harlem, 1880-1950 (Yale, 1985, 3rd ed. 2010), received the John Gilmary Shea Prize from the American Catholic Historical Association and the Jesuit National Book Award. This was followed by Thank You, Saint Jude: Women's Devotion to the Patron Saint of Hopeless Causes (Yale, 1996), which won the Merle Curti Award in American Social History from the Organization of American Historians. Between Heaven and Earth: The Religious Worlds People Make and the Scholars Who Study Them (Princeton, 2004) received an Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion from the American Academy of Religion and was one of Choice’s Outstanding Academic Titles for 2005. He edited Gods of the City: Religion and the American Urban Landscape (Indiana, 1999). Professor Orsi has just published The Cambridge Companion to Religious Studies (2012), and is currently at work on a collection of theoretical and methodological essays, tentatively titled Abundant History, and on a social and cultural history of 20th-century Catholic childhoods in the United States, to be published by Harvard University Press.