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Young Scholars in American Religion Program

Participants and Seminar Leaders

2014-2016 Seminars

The following individuals were selected to participate in the 2014-2016 Young Scholars in American Religion Program:

Kate Bowler, Historical Studies, Duke Divinity School; Heath Carter, Department of History, Valparaiso University; Kathryn Gin Lum, Department of Religious Studies, Stanford University; Joshua Guthman, Department of History, Berea College; Brett Hendrickson, Department of Religious Studies, Lafayette College; Lerone Martin,YS2014.16.JPG Danforth Center on Religion and Politics, Washington University in St. Louis; Kate Moran, Department of American Studies, St. Louis University; Angela Tarango, Department of Religion, Trinity University; Stephen Taysom, Department of Philosophy and Comparative Religion, Cleveland State University; T.J. Tomlin, Department of History, University of Northern Colorado; David Walker, Department of Religious Studies, University of California Santa Barbara; and Grace Yukich, Department of Sociology, Quinnipiac University.

Seminar Leaders for this group are Laurie Maffly-Kipp and Douglas Winiarski. They will meet in Indianapolis on four occasions: September 17-21, 2014; April 15-19, 2015; October 14-18, 2015; and April 13-17, 2016.

2013-2015 Seminars

The following individuals were selected to participate in the 2013-2015 Young Scholars in American Religion program:

Shelby Balik, Department of History, Metropolitan State University of Denver; Rosemary Corbett, Bard Prison Initiative, Bard College; Omri Elisha, Department of Anthropology, Queens College, CUNY; Alison Greene, Department of History, Mississippi State University; Kathleen Holscher, Department of American Studies, University of New Mexico; YS20132015.3.jpgHillary Kaell, Department of Religion, Concordia University; David P. King, Memphis Theological Seminary; Anthony Petro, Department of Religion, Boston University; John Seitz, Department of Theology, Fordham University; and Josef Sorett, Department of Religion, Columbia University.

Seminar Leaders for this group are Courtney Bender and Robert Orsi. The group will meet in Indianapolis on four occasions: September 25-29, 2013; April 2-6, 2014; September 17-21, 2014; and April 15-19, 2015.

2010-2012 Seminars

The following individuals were selected to participate in the 2010-2012 Young Scholars in American Religion Program:

Linford D. Fisher, Department of History, Brown University; John H. Hayes, Department of History, Augusta State University; Matthew S. Hedstrom, American Studies and Religious Studies, University of Virginia; Anna M. Lawrence,201012.jpg Department of History, Florida Atlantic University; Quincy D. Newell, Religious Studies, University of Wyoming; Kevin L. O'Neill, Department for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto; Joshua Paddison, ACLS Postdoc; Michael Pasquier, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Louisiana State University; Elaine A. Pena, American Studies Department, George Washington University; Adrian C. Weimer, History Department, Providence College; Jeff Wilson, Religious Studies and East Asian Studies, University of Waterloo; and Lauren F. Winner, Christian Spirituality, Duke Divinity School.

These twelve scholars, with seminar leaders Ann B. Braude and Mark Valeri, met in Indianapolis on five occasions: October 14-17, 2010; April 28-May 1 and October 13-16, 2011; and April 26-29 and October 11-14, 2012.

2009-2011 Seminars

Dr. Tracy Fessenden of Arizona State University and Dr. Clark Gilpin of the University of Chicago Divinity School lead the seminars on teaching, research, and professional matters for the 2009-2011 "class," which includes the following scholars:

Faye Botham, University of Iowa, American Indian & Native Studies Program/American Studies
Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University, Religion, 2005; Heather Curtis, Tufts University, Department of Religion
Th.D., Harvard University, History, 2005; Jonathan Ebel, University of Illinois, Department of Religion Ph.D., University 0911.jpgof Chicago, History of Christianity, 2004; Maura Jane Farrelly, Brandeis University, American Studies Ph.D., Emory University, History, 2002; Jennifer Graber, College of Wooster, Religious Studies ,Ph.D., Duke University, American Religious History, 2006; Matthew J. Grow, LDS Church, Church History Library, Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, American History, 2006; Everett Hamner, Western Illinois University, Department of English, Ph.D., University of Iowa, English, 2008; Joseph Kip Kosek, George Washington University, American Studies, Ph.D., Yale University, American Studies, 2004; Lynn S. Neal, Wake Forest University, Department of Religion, Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, U.S. Religious History, 2003; and Jonathan L. Walton, Harvard Divinity School, African American Religions, Ph.D., Princeton University, Religion, 2002.

2007-2009 Seminars

Dr. Amanda Porterfield of Florida State University and Dr. Paul Harvey of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs led the seminars on teaching, research, and professional matters for the 2007-2009 "class," which included the following scholars:

Edward Blum, San Diego State University, Department of History, Ph.D., University of Kentucky, History, 2003; Darren Dochuk, Purdue University, Department of History, Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, History, 2005; Katherine Carte Engel, Texas A&M University, Department of History; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison, American History, 2003; J. Spencer Fluhman, Brigham Young University, Department of Church History, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison, History, 2006; Rebecca A. Goetz, Rice University, History Department, Ph.D., Harvard University, Early 0709.jpgAmerican History, 2006; Charles F. Irons, Elon University, Department of History, Ph.D., University of Virginia, American History, 2003; Kathryn Lofton, Yale University, Religious Studies and American Studies, Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Religious Studies, 2005; Randall Stephens, Eastern Nazarene College, Department of History; Ph.D., University of Florida, American History, 2003; Matthew A. Sutton, Washington State University, Department of History, Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, History, 2005; and Tisa Wenger, Yale Divinity School, American Religious History, Ph.D., Princeton University, Religion, 2002.

2005-2006 Seminars

Dr. Judith Weisenfeld of Vassar College and Dr. John Corrigan of Florida State University led the seminars on teaching and research for the 2005-06 "class," which included the following scholars:

Julius Bailey, University of Redlands, Department of Religious Studies, Ph.D., University of North Carolina, American Religious History, 2003; Courtney Bender, Columbia University; Department of Religion, Ph.D., Princeton University, Sociology, 1997; Lila Corwin Berman, Pennsylvania State University; Department of History and Religious Studies Program, and Jewish Studies Program, Ph.D., Yale University, Religious Studies, 2004; Joseph Creech, Valparaiso University, Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts, and History and Humanities, Ph.D., University of Notre 0506web.jpgDame, History, 2000; Kathleen Sprows Cummings, University of Notre Dame, Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism, Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, U.S. History, 1999; Henry Goldschmidt, Wesleyan University, Department of Religion,, Ph.D., University of California at Santa Cruz, Anthropology, 2000; Charles Israel, Auburn University, Department of History, Ph.D., Rice University, History, 2001; Sylvester Johnson, Indiana University, Department of Religious Studies, Ph.D., Union Theological Seminary, Contemporary Religious Thought, 2002; Tracy Leavelle, Creighton University; Department of History, Ph.D., Arizona State University, History, 2001; John Lardas Modern, Franklin and Marshall College, Department of Religious Studies, Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, Religious Studies, 2003; Kristy Nabhan-Warren, Augustana College (Rock Island, IL), Religion Department, Ph.D., Indiana University, American Religious History, 2001; Evelyn Sterne, University of Rhode Island, Department of History, Ph.D, Duke University, History, 1999; and Christopher White, Georgia State University, Religious Studies Department, Ph.D., Harvard University, Religion in America, 2002

2004-2005 Seminars

Dr. Catherine Brekus of the University of Chicago and Dr. Peter W. Williams of Miami University led the seminars on teaching and research for the 2004-05 "class," which included the following scholars:

Jonathan Baer, Wabash College, Department of Religion, Ph.D., Yale University, Religious Studies, 2002; James B. Bennett, Santa Clara University, Department of Religious Studies, Ph.D., Yale University, American Religious History, 1999; Wendy Cadge, Bowdoin College, Department of Sociology, Ph.D., Princeton University, Sociology, 2002; Richard J. Callahan, Jr., University of Missouri-Columbia, Department of Religious Studies, Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, Religious Studies, 2002; John Giggie, University of Texas at San Antonio, Department of History, Ph.D., 0405grp.jpgPrinceton University, History, 1998; Rebecca Kneale Gould, Middlebury College, Department of Religion,, Ph.D., Harvard University, Religious Studies, 1997; Thomas S. Kidd, Baylor University, Department of History, Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, History, 2001; Amy Koehlinger, Florida State University, Department of Religion, Ph.D., Yale University, Religious Studies, 2002; Luis E. Murillo, Trinity University, Religion Department, Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, Latin American History, 2002; John Schmalzbauer, Southwest Missouri State University, Department of Religious Studies, Ph.D., Princeton University, Sociology, 1997; Sarah McFarland Taylor, Northwestern University, Department of Religion, Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, Religion and American Culture, 1999; and Anne Blue Wills, Davidson College, Department of Religion, Ph.D., Duke University, American Church History, 2001.

2003-2004 Seminars

Twelve scholars were chosen from over sixty applicants to be the "class" of 2003-2004. Dr. Anne Taves of the Claremont School of Theology and Dr. Stephen Prothero of Boston University led the seminars on teaching and on research and publication. Participants in the 2003-2004 class included the following scholars:

Robert E. Brown, Bucknell University, Department of Religion, Ph.D. University of Iowa, American Religious History, 1999; Julie Byrne, Duke University, Department of Religion, Ph.D. Duke University, American Religion, 2000; Martha Finch, Southwest Missouri State University, Department of Religious Studies, Ph.D. University of California Santa Barbara, Religious Studies, 2000; Kathleen Flake, Vanderbilt University, The Divinity School and Graduate Department 03-04.jpgof Religion, Ph.D. University of Chicago, History of Christianity, 2000; Clarence Hardy, Dartmouth College, Religion Department, Ph.D. Union Theological Seminary, Theology, 2001; Khyati Joshi, Fairleigh-Dickinson University, Education Department, Ed.D. University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Social Justice Education, 2001; Kristin Schwain, University of Missouri Columbia, Department of Art History and Archaeology, Ph.D. Stanford University, Art History and Humanities, 2001; Danielle Sigler, Austin College, Religion Department, Ph.D. University of Texas, American Studies, 2001; Rachel Wheeler, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Department of Religious Studies; Ph.D. Yale University, History, 1998; Douglas Winiarski, University of Richmond, Religion Department, Ph.D. Indiana University, Religious Studies, 2000; and David Yamane, Wake Forest University; Department of Sociology, Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, Sociology, 1998.

1997-1999 Seminars

The third phase of the Young Scholars in American Religion program was expanded to include sections geared toward historians, sociologists, and seminary professors, in addition to scholars in religious studies departments. Seminars were held in Indianapolis, at Duke University Divinity School, at the University of California at Santa Barbara, and at the Cushwa Center at the University of Notre Dame. Senior scholars Deborah Dash Moore, Vassar College, Grant Wacker, Duke University Divinity School, Wade Clark Roof, University of California Santa Barbara, and Philip Gleason, University of Notre Dame, led the seminars.

History Seminar participants: Karin E. Gedge, West Chester University, Department of History, Ph.D. Yale University, American Studies, 1994; Eugene B. McCarraher, University of Delaware, Department of History, Ph.D. Rutgers University, History, 1995; Linda Przybyszewski, University of Cincinnati, Department of History, Ph.D. Stanford University, American History, 1989; Kathleen Riley, Ohio Dominican College, Department of History, Ph.D. University of Notre Dame, History, 1988; Beth Schweiger, University of Virginia, Department of History, Ph.D. University of Virginia, American History, 1994; James Treat, University of New Mexico, American Studies Department, Ph.D. Graduate Theological Union, Religious Studies, 1993; Roberto Trevino, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Department of History, Ph.D. Stanford University, United States History, 1993; Beth Wenger, University of Pennsylvania, Department of History, Ph.D. Yale University, Modern Jewish History, 1992; and David Yoo, Claremont McKenna College, Department of History, Ph.D. Yale University, History, 1994.

Seminary Seminar participants: Christopher Evans, Colgate Rochester Divinity School, Historical Studies, Ph.D. Northwestern University / Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Religious and Theological Studies, 1993; Keith Harper, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Church History, Ph.D. University of Kentucky, American History, 1991; Bruce Hindmarsh, Briercrest Biblical Seminary, Church History, Ph.D. University of Oxford, Theology, 1993; Lydia Huffman Hoyle, Georgetown College, Department of Religion, Ph.D. University of North Carolina, Religious Studies, 1992; Julia M. Speller, Chicago Theological Seminary, Church History, Ph.D. University of Chicago, History of Christianity, 1996; and Eleanor J. Stebner, The University of Winnipeg, Faculty of Theology, Ph.D. Northwestern University / Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Religious and Theological Studies, 1994.

Religious Studies Seminar participants: Ava Chamberlain, Wright State University, Department of Religion, Ph.D Columbia University, Religion, 1990; Tracy Fessenden, Arizona State University, Department of Religious Studies, Ph.D. University of Virginia, Religious Studies, 1993; Kathleen M. Joyce, Duke University, Department of Religion, Ph.D. Princeton University, Religion, 1995; Laura Levitt, Temple University, Religion Department, Ph.D. Emory University, Religion, 1993; Elizabeth A. McAlister, Wesleyan University, Department of Religion, Ph.D. Yale University, American Studies and African American Studies, 1995; Leonard Norman Primiano, Cabrini College, Department of Religious Studies, Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, Religious Studies & Folklore and Folklife, 1993; Jennifer Rycenga, San Jose State University, Comparative Religious Studies Program, Ph.D. Graduate Theological Union, Religion and the Arts, 1992; and T. Paul Thigpen, Saint Thomas More College, Religious Studies Department, Ph.D. Emory University, Religion, 1995.]

Sociology Seminar participants: Lori G. Beaman, University of Lethbridge, Department of Sociology, Ph.D. University of New Brunswick, Sociology, 1996; Patricia M.Y.Chang, University of Notre Dame, Department of Sociology, Ph.D. Stanford University, Sociology, 1993; Michael Emerson, Bethel College, Department of Cultural Studies, Ph.D. University of North Carolina, Sociology, 1991; Eric K. Gormly, Arizona State University, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Telecommunications, Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin, Radio-Television-Film, 1994; Conrad Kanagy, Elizabethtown College, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Ph.D. Penn State University, Sociology, 1993; William L. MacDonald, Ohio State University at Newark, Department of Sociology, Ph.D Bowling Green State University, Sociology, 1992; William Mirola, Marian College, Department of Sociology, Ph.D. Indiana University, Sociology, 1995; Susanne Monahan, Montana State University, Department of Sociology, Ph.D. Stanford University, Sociology, 1993; Richard L. Wood, University of New Mexico, Department of Sociology, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, Sociology, 1995; and Wendy W. Young, University of Florida, Department of Sociology, Ph.D. Oxford University, Social Studies, 1993.

1994-1996 Seminars

Ten young scholars selected from over 70 applicants were selected for the 2 year program begun in 1994. Professor Harry Stout of Yale University conducted the seminars on teaching the introductory course, while Dean John Wilson of Princeton University was selected to lead the seminars on research and publication.

Participants in the second series of Young Scholars in American Religion seminars included the following scholars: Diana Butler Bass, Rhodes College, Religious Studies Department, Ph.D. Duke University, History of Christianity, 1991; Yvonne Chireau, Swarthmore College, Department of Religion, Ph.D. Princeton University, Religious Studies, 1994; Steven Epperson, Ph.D. Temple University, American Religious History, 1991; James German, University of Nebraska at Kearney, Department of History, Ph.D. University of California, Riverside, History, 1989; Philip K. Goff, California State University, Los Angeles, Department of History, Ph.D. University of North Carolina, American Religious History, 1993; Paul Harvey, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, Department of History, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, American History, 1992; Judith Hunter, State University of New York at Geneseo, Department of History, Ph.D. Yale University, History, 1991; Kathryn Long, Wheaton College, Department of History, Ph.D. Duke University, History of Christianity, 1993; Lawrence W. Snyder, Western Kentucky University, Department of Philosophy and Religion, Ph.D. University of North Carolina, American Religious History, 1992; and Winnifred Fallers Sullivan, Washington and Lee University, Department of Religion, Ph.D. Religious Studies, University of Chicago, 1993, J.D. 1976.

1991-1993 Seminars

Beginning in 1991, fifteen young scholars from across the nation, selected from over 100 applicants, convened in Indianapolis for four two-day seminars. Two of the seminars were devoted to teaching the introductory course in American religion, and two were devoted to the enhancement of research and publication. Professor Catherine Albanese of the University of California, Santa Barbara served as the director of the seminars on teaching. Professor William Hutchison of the Harvard Divinity School led the seminars on research and publication.

Participants in the first series of Young Scholars in American Religion program included: Betty A. DeBerg, University of Northern Iowa, Department of Philosophy and Religion, Ph.D. Vanderbilt University, American Religious History, 1988; Madeline Duntley, The College of Wooster, Department of Religious Studies, Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh, Religious Studies, 1990; Tony Fels, University of San Francisco, History Department, Ph.D. Stanford University, United States History, 1987; Matthew Glass, South Dakota State University, Department of Philosophy and Religion, Ph.D. Graduate Theological Union, Religion and Society, 1989; Rosemary D. Gooden, DePaul University, Department of History, Ph.D. University of Michigan, American Culture, 1987; Laurie F. Maffly-Kipp, University of North Carolina, Department of Religious Studies, Ph.D. Yale University, History, 1990; Andrew M. Manis, Mercer Press, Ph.D. The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, American Religious History, 1984; Joel W. Martin, Franklin and Marshall College, Department of Religion, Ph.D. Duke University, Religious Studies, 1988; Gerald R. McDermott, University of Roanoke, Religion Department, Ph.D.: University of Iowa, Religion, 1989; D. Keith Naylor, Occidental College, Religious Studies Department, Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara, Religious Studies, 1987; Rodger Payne, Louisiana State University, Department of Philosophy, Ph.D. University of Virginia, American Religious History, 1989; Stephen Prothero, Boston University, Department of Philosophy, Ph.D. Harvard University, Study of Religion, 1990; John Stackhouse, Jr., Regent College, Department of Religion, Ph.D. University of Chicago, History of Christianity, 1987; Thomas Tweed, University of North Carolina,, Department of Religious Studies, Ph.D. Stanford University, Religious Studies, 1989; and Valarie Ziegler, DePauw University, Department of Religious Studies, Ph.D. Emory University, Historical Theology, 1987.