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2015-2017 Cohort and Mentors

2015-2017 Seminars

The following individuals were selected to participate in the 2015-2017 Young Scholars in American Religion Program:

Seminar Leaders for this group are Kathryn Lofton and Leigh Schmidt. They met in Indianapolis on four occasions: April 13-17, 2016, October 5-8, 2016, April 5-8, 2017, and October 18-21, 2017

2014-2016 Cohort and Mentors

2014-2016 Seminars

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

 

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

2013-2015 Cohort and Mentors

2013-2015 Seminars

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

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

2010-2012 Cohort and Mentors

2010-2012 Seminars

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

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 Cohort and Mentors

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:


2007-2009 Cohort and Mentors

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:

  • Katherine Carte Engel, Texas A&M University, Department of History; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison, American History, 2003 (Syllabus: Religion in U.S. History Since 1865)
  • J. Spencer Fluhman, Brigham Young University, Department of Church History, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison, History, 2006 (Syllabus: American Religious History)
  • Rebecca A. Goetz, Rice University, History Department, Ph.D., Harvard University, Early American History, 2006 (Syllabus: Religion in Early North America)
  • Charles F. Irons, Elon University, Department of History, Ph.D., University of Virginia, American History, 2003 (Syllabus: History of Religion in the U.S.)
  • Kathryn Lofton, Yale University, Religious Studies and American Studies, Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Religious Studies, 2005 (Syllabus: Religion and Sexuality in America)
  • Randall Stephens, Eastern Nazarene College, Department of History; Ph.D., University of Florida, American History, 2003 (Syllabus: Religion and American Culture)
  • Matthew A. Sutton, Washington State University, Department of History, Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, History, 2005 (Syllabus: Religion and American Culture)
  • Tisa Wenger, Yale Divinity School, American Religious History, Ph.D., Princeton University, Religion, 2002 (Syllabus: Defining Religion in America)

2005-2006 Cohort and Mentors

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 (Syllabus: African American Religions)
  • Courtney Bender, Columbia University; Department of Religion, Ph.D., Princeton University, Sociology, 1997 (Syllabus: Religion and the City)
  • Lila Corwin Berman, Pennsylvania State University; Department of History and Religious Studies Program, and Jewish Studies Program, Ph.D., Yale University, Religious Studies, 2004 (Syllabus: American Jewish History and Culture)
  •  Joseph Creech, Valparaiso University, Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts, and History and Humanities, Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, History, 2000 (Syllabus: Religious Narratives in American Identity)
  • 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 (Syllabus: Women and American Catholicism)
  • Henry Goldschmidt, Wesleyan University, Department of Religion,, Ph.D., University of California at Santa Cruz, Anthropology, 2000 (Syllabus: Chosen Peoples, Chosen Nation)
  • Charles Israel, Auburn University, Department of History, Ph.D., Rice University, History, 2001 (Syllabus: History of Religion in America)
  • Sylvester Johnson, Indiana University, Department of Religious Studies, Ph.D., Union Theological Seminary, Contemporary Religious Thought, 2002 (Syllabus: The Bible and Race in America)
  • Tracy Leavelle, Creighton University; Department of History, Ph.D., Arizona State University, History, 2001 (Syllabus: American Religions: In Search of the Promised Land)
  • John Lardas Modern, Franklin and Marshall College, Department of Religious Studies, Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, Religious Studies, 2003 (Syllabus: Varieties of Secularism in American History)
  • Kristy Nabhan-Warren, Augustana College (Rock Island, IL), Religion Department, Ph.D., Indiana University, American Religious History, 2001 (Syllabus: Race, Ethnicity, and Religion)
  • Evelyn Sterne, University of Rhode Island, Department of History, Ph.D, Duke University, History, 1999 (Syllabus: History of Religion in the U.S.)
  • Christopher White, Georgia State University, Religious Studies Department, Ph.D., Harvard University, Religion in America, 2002 (Syllabus: Religion in America)

2004-2005 Cohort and Mentors

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 (Syllabus: Religion in America)
  • James B. Bennett, Santa Clara University, Department of Religious Studies, Ph.D., Yale University, American Religious History, 1999 (Syllabus: Religion in America)
  • Wendy CadgeBowdoin College, Department of Sociology, Ph.D., Princeton University, Sociology, 2002 (Syllabus: Religion in American Life: A Sociological Approach)
  • Richard J. Callahan, Jr., University of Missouri-Columbia, Department of Religious Studies, Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, Religious Studies, 2002 (Syllabus: History of Religion Post-Civil War America)
  • John Giggie, University of Texas at San Antonio, Department of History, Ph.D., Princeton University, History, 1998 (Syllabus: Religion in America)
  • Rebecca Kneale Gould, Middlebury College, Department of Religion,, Ph.D., Harvard University, Religious Studies, 1997 (Syllabus: Religion in America)
  • Thomas S. Kidd, Baylor University, Department of History, Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, History, 2001 (Syllabus: Religion in America)
  • Amy Koehlinger, Florida State University, Department of Religion, Ph.D., Yale University, Religious Studies, 2002 (Syllabus: Religion(s) in the U.S.)
  • Luis E. Murillo, Trinity University, Religion Department, Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, Latin American History, 2002 (Syllabus: Religion in the U.S.)
  • John Schmalzbauer, Southwest Missouri State University, Department of Religious Studies, Ph.D., Princeton University, Sociology, 1997 (Syllabus: Religion in America)
  • Sarah McFarland Taylor, Northwestern University, Department of Religion, Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, Religion and American Culture, 1999 (Syllabus: American Religion and Popular Culture in Theoretical Perspective)
  • Anne Blue WillsDavidson College, Department of Religion, Ph.D., Duke University, American Church History, 2001 (Syllabus: Particularity, Americanization, and the Aesthetics of the U.S. Religious Quest)

2003-2004 Cohort and Mentors

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:

  • Julie ByrneDuke University, Department of Religion, Ph.D. Duke University, American Religion, 2000 (Syllabus: Lived Religion in America)
  • Martha Finch, Southwest Missouri State University, Department of Religious Studies, Ph.D. University of California Santa Barbara, Religious Studies, 2000 (Syllabus: Religion in America)
  • Kathleen Flake, Vanderbilt University, The Divinity School and Graduate Department of Religion, Ph.D. University of Chicago, History of Christianity, 2000 (Syllabus: Church and State in American History)
  • Clarence Hardy, Dartmouth College, Religion Department, Ph.D. Union Theological Seminary, Theology, 2001 (Syllabus: Religion and Society in America)
  • Khyati Joshi, Fairleigh-Dickinson University, Education Department, Ed.D. University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Social Justice Education, 2001 (Syllabus: Religion and American Public Schools)
  • Kristin SchwainUniversity of Missouri Columbia, Department of Art History and Archaeology, Ph.D. Stanford University, Art History and Humanities, 2001 (Syllabus: Intro to the Visual Culture of American Religions)
  • Danielle Sigler, Austin College, Religion Department, Ph.D. University of Texas, American Studies, 2001 (Syllabus: American Gospels)
  • Rachel Wheeler, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Department of Religious Studies; Ph.D. Yale University, History, 1998 (Syllabus: American Religion)
  • Douglas Winiarski, University of Richmond, Religion Department, Ph.D. Indiana University, Religious Studies, 2000 (Syllabus: Art, Religion, and Material Culture in America)
  • David Yamane, Wake Forest University; Department of Sociology, Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, Sociology, 1998 (Syllabus: Religion in Postwar America)

1997-1999 Cohort and Mentors

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. GedgeWest Chester University, Department of History, Ph.D. Yale University, American Studies, 1994 (Syllabus: American Religions)
  • Eugene B. McCarraherUniversity of Delaware, Department of History, Ph.D. Rutgers University, History, 1995 (Syllabus: American Religious History)
  • Linda PrzybyszewskiUniversity of Cincinnati, Department of History, Ph.D. Stanford University, American History, 1989 (Syllabus: Law and Religion in U.S. History)
  • Kathleen RileyOhio Dominican College, Department of History, Ph.D. University of Notre Dame, History, 1988 (Syllabus: History of Christianity in the U.S.)
  • Beth SchweigerUniversity of Virginia, Department of History, Ph.D. University of Virginia, American History, 1994 (Syllabus: Religion in America: 1600-1865)
  • James TreatUniversity of New Mexico, American Studies Department, Ph.D. Graduate Theological Union, Religious Studies, 1993 (Syllabus: Religion and American Culture)
  • Roberto TrevinoUniversity of Colorado at Colorado SpringsDepartment of History, Ph.D. Stanford University, United States History, 1993 (Syllabus: Religion in American History)
  • Beth WengerUniversity of Pennsylvania, Department of History, Ph.D. Yale University, Modern Jewish History, 1992 (Syllabus: Defining Religion in America)
  • David YooClaremont McKenna College, Department of History, Ph.D. Yale University, History, 1994 (Syllabus: American Religious History)

Seminary Seminar participants: 

  • Christopher EvansColgate Rochester Divinity School, Historical Studies, Ph.D. Northwestern University / Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Religious and Theological Studies, 1993 (Syllabus: United Methodist History and Theology)
  • Keith HarperSoutheastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Church History, Ph.D. University of Kentucky, American History, 1991 (Syllabus: American Religious History)
  • Bruce HindmarshBriercrest Biblical Seminary, Church History, Ph.D. University of Oxford, Theology, 1993 (Syllabus: Studies in Christian Conversion and Spiritual Autobiography)
  • Lydia Huffman HoyleGeorgetown College, Department of Religion, Ph.D. University of North Carolina, Religious Studies, 1992 (Syllabus: Denominationalism in America)
  • Julia M. SpellerChicago Theological Seminary, Church History, Ph.D. University of Chicago, History of Christianity, 1996 (Syllabus: American Civil Religion)
  • Eleanor J. StebnerThe University of Winnipeg, Faculty of Theology, Ph.D. Northwestern University / Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Religious and Theological Studies, 1994 (Syllabus: History of Religious Life and Practice in Canada and the U.S.)

Religious Studies Seminar participants: 

  • Ava ChamberlainWright State University, Department of Religion, Ph.D Columbia University, Religion, 1990 (Syllabus: Religion in America)
  • Tracy FessendenArizona State UniversityDepartment of Religious Studies, Ph.D. University of Virginia, Religious Studies, 1993 (Syllabus: Religion in America)
  • Kathleen M. JoyceDuke UniversityDepartment of Religion, Ph.D. Princeton University, Religion, 1995 (Syllabus: Religion in American Life)
  • Laura LevittTemple University, Religion Department, Ph.D. Emory University, Religion, 1993 (Syllabus: Religion in America)
  • Elizabeth A. McAlisterWesleyan University, Department of Religion, Ph.D. Yale University, American Studies and African American Studies, 1995 (Syllabus: Religion in America)
  • Leonard Norman PrimianoCabrini College, Department of Religious Studies, Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, Religious Studies & Folklore and Folklife, 1993 (Syllabus: American Religious Folklife)
  • Jennifer RycengaSan Jose State University, Comparative Religious Studies Program, Ph.D. Graduate Theological Union, Religion and the Arts, 1992 (Syllabus: Religion in America)
  • T. Paul ThigpenSaint Thomas More College, Religious Studies Department, Ph.D. Emory University, Religion, 1995 (Syllabus: Religion in America)

Sociology Seminar participants: 

  • Lori G. BeamanUniversity of Lethbridge, Department of Sociology, Ph.D. University of New Brunswick, Sociology, 1996 (Syllabus: Sociology of Religion)
  • Patricia M.Y.ChangUniversity of Notre Dame, Department of Sociology, Ph.D. Stanford University, Sociology, 1993 (Syllabus: Sociology of Religion)
  • Michael EmersonBethel College, Department of Cultural Studies, Ph.D. University of North Carolina, Sociology, 1991 (Syllabus: Religion in Society)
  • Eric K. GormlyArizona State University, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Telecommunications, Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin, Radio-Television-Film, 1994 (Syllabus: Media, Religion, and Culture)
  • Conrad KanagyElizabethtown College, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Ph.D. Penn State University, Sociology, 1993 (Syllabus: Sociology of Religion)
  • William L. MacDonaldOhio State University at Newark, Department of Sociology, Ph.D Bowling Green State University, Sociology, 1992 (Syllabus: Sociology of Religion)
  • William MirolaMarian College, Department of Sociology, Ph.D. Indiana University, Sociology, 1995 (Syllabus: Sociology of Religion)
  • Susanne MonahanMontana State University, Department of Sociology, Ph.D. Stanford University, Sociology, 1993 (Syllabus: Sociology of Religion)
  • Richard L. WoodUniversity of New Mexico, Department of Sociology, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, Sociology, 1995 (Syllabus: Sociology of Religion)
  • Wendy W. YoungUniversity of Florida, Department of Sociology, Ph.D. Oxford University, Social Studies, 1993 (Syllabus: Sociology of Religion: Dead White Men and Beyond)

1994-1996 Cohort and Mentors

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 (Syllabus: American Christianity)
  • Yvonne Chireau, Swarthmore College, Department of Religion, Ph.D. Princeton University, Religious Studies, 1994 (Syllabus: Religion in America: A Multicultural Approach)
  • Steven Epperson, Ph.D. Temple University, American Religious History, 1991 (Syllabus: History of Religion in America)
  • James German, University of Nebraska at Kearney, Department of History, Ph.D. University of California, Riverside, History, 1989 (Syllabus: Religions in American Cultures)
  • Philip K. Goff, California State University, Los Angeles, Department of History, Ph.D. University of North Carolina, American Religious History, 1993 (Syllabus: Religion in the U.S.)
  • Paul Harvey, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, Department of History, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, American History, 1992 (Syllabus: History of Religion in America)
  • Judith Hunter, State University of New York at Geneseo, Department of History, Ph.D. Yale University, History, 1991 (Syllabus: Religion in American History)
  • Kathryn Long, Wheaton College, Department of History, Ph.D. Duke University, History of Christianity, 1993 (Syllabus: History of Christianity in North America)
  • Lawrence W. Snyder, Western Kentucky University, Department of Philosophy and Religion, Ph.D. University of North Carolina, American Religious History, 1992 (Syllabus: Religion in Contemporary America)
  • Winnifred Fallers Sullivan, Washington and Lee University, Department of Religion, Ph.D. Religious Studies, University of Chicago, 1993, J.D. 1976 (Syllabus: Introduction to American Religion)
1991-1993 Cohort and Mentors

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. DeBergUniversity of Northern Iowa, Department of Philosophy and Religion, Ph.D. Vanderbilt University, American Religious History, 1988 (Syllabus: The American Religious Experience)
  • Madeline DuntleyThe College of Wooster, Department of Religious Studies, Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh, Religious Studies, 1990 (Syllabus: Religion in America)
  • Tony FelsUniversity of San Francisco, History Department, Ph.D. Stanford University, United States History, 1987 (Syllabus: Religion in American History)
  • Matthew GlassSouth Dakota State University, Department of Philosophy and Religion, Ph.D. Graduate Theological Union, Religion and Society, 1989 (Syllabus: Religion in American Culture)
  • Rosemary D. GoodenDePaul University, Department of History, Ph.D. University of Michigan, American Culture, 1987 (Syllabus: The American Religious Experience)
  • Laurie F. Maffly-KippUniversity of North Carolina, Department of Religious Studies, Ph.D. Yale University, History, 1990 (Syllabus: History of Religion in America)
  • Andrew M. ManisMercer Press, Ph.D. The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, American Religious History, 1984 (Syllabus: Religion in America)
  • Joel W. MartinFranklin and Marshall College, Department of Religion, Ph.D. Duke University, Religious Studies, 1988 (Syllabus: Religion in America)
  • Gerald R. McDermottUniversity of Roanoke, Religion Department, Ph.D.: University of Iowa, Religion, 1989 (Syllabus: Religion in America)
  • D. Keith NaylorOccidental College, Religious Studies Department, Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara, Religious Studies, 1987 (Syllabus: Introduction to Religion in America)
  • Rodger PayneLouisiana State University, Department of Philosophy, Ph.D. University of Virginia, American Religious History, 1989 (Syllabus: Religion in the U.S.)
  • Stephen ProtheroBoston UniversityDepartment of Philosophy, Ph.D. Harvard University, Study of Religion, 1990 (Syllabus: Religion in America)
  • John Stackhouse, Jr.Regent College, Department of Religion, Ph.D. University of Chicago, History of Christianity, 1987 (Syllabus: The American Religious Experience)
  • Thomas TweedUniversity of North Carolina,, Department of Religious Studies, Ph.D. Stanford University, Religious Studies, 1989 (Syllabus: Religion in American Life)
  • Valarie ZieglerDePauw University, Department of Religious Studies, Ph.D. Emory University, Historical Theology, 1987 (Syllabus: American Religious History)
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