News and Announcements

Spring 2016

Won Chul Shin as been selected for the 2016 SESCOR AAR Graduate Student Paper Award for his paper Sing Broken Hallelujah: A Critical Analysis on Incarcerated Women’s Moral Injury and the Role of Religious Practice of Choiring in the Recovery of Moral Injury.  The award will be presented on Friday, March 4 during the plenary session of the 2016 SECSOR annual meeting in Atlanta. 

Fall 2015

Tony Alonso (PCRL) composes mass for Pope Francis visit to Washington, DC , September 23rd.

Spring 2015

The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church has selected two Emory scholars out of 10 awarded the Dempster Graduate Fellowship. This fellowship supports doctoral students committed to serving the church by becoming professors who will educate the next generation of United Methodist pastors. The receipients are:

  • Won Chul Shin (North Georgia Annual Conference), a graduate of Yonsei University and Emory’s Candler School of Theology currently enrolled in his first year of the PhD program. 
  • Kyle Tau (North Georgia Annual Conference), a graduate of Point Loma Nazarene University and Emory’s Candler School of Theology currently enrolled in his fifth year of the program.

Brandon Wason (NT) has accepted a position at Pitts Theology Library as the curator of archives and manuscripts.

Shively Smith is assistant professor at Wesley Seminary in Washington, D.C.

Anne Stewart (HB) has a new position as director of external relations for Princeton Theological Seminary.

One of Candler’s longest-serving and best-loved professors, William “Bill” Mallard, professor emeritus of church history, died on December 23.  Please visit this link for more information

Spring Colloquy Information Revised: Please see the attached schedule for updated information.

Fall 2014

Please see news for GDR Faculty, Alums, and Students for Fall 2014 GDR Newsletter

Spring 2014

Congratulations to the following GDR Faculty, Students, and Recent Graduates

Faculty News:

Joyce Flueckiger has been named as a Guggenheim Fellow in the Humanities. For more information on this pretigious award and her project visit her web page on the Guggenheim website.

Andrea White was elected by the Society for the Study of Black Religion (  to serve as Executive Director.  She is Executive Director Elect with a five-year term to begin in 2015, serving alongside SSBR President, Emilie Townes.  In addition, she serves as the chair of the American Academy of Religion Black Theology Group.

Jacob Wright has published an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education: "What Enhanced eBooks Can do for Scholarly Authors"

Awards and Fellowships:

Sarah Farmer, PCRL graduate student, was awarded an FTE Fellowship for dissertation completion.  Sarah’s dissertations is entitled "Hope in Confinement: Moving Toward a Pedagogy of Critical Visibility. "

Aftab Jassal has received the 2014 John Fenton Prize for graduate students from the Emory Religion Department.

Elana Jefferson, PCRL graduate student, was awarded an FTE Fellowship for dissertation completion. Elana's dissertation is entitled "The Politics of Materiality: The Making of Persons and Gods in the Vodoun Religious Culture of the Republic of Benin."

Jill Marshall was awarded the dissertation completion fellowship at the Bill and Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry. Her dissertation is entitled "Women Praying or Prophesying: Gender and Inspired Speech in First Corinthians."

Adam Mathes has been selected to be a Pat A. Tillman Military Scholar from the Pat A. Tillman Foundation. This is a two year scholarship award.

Cat Prueitt has been awarded the Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation/ACLS Program in Buddhist Studies Dissertation Fellowship for a proposal entitled the The Evolution of the Buddhist Apoha (Exclusion) Theory of Concept Formation through Inter-Traditional Debate in Tenth and Eleventh Century Kashmir. Cat will be continuing her dissertation research and writing at the Austrian Academy of Science’s Institute for the Cultural and Intellectual History of Asia in Vienna beginning this June. She will also be affiliated with the University of Vienna. 

Alphonso Saville
 (ARC) has been awarded the Thurgood Marshall Dissertation Fellowship at Dartmouth College for a proposal entitled “The Gospel According to John Marrant: Religious Consciousness in the Black Atlantic, 1755-1791.” Alphonso will continue his dissertation writing and research at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH in August 2014.  During the one year fellowship, he will have an affiliation with Dartmouth’s African and African American Studies Program.


Michael Altman, ARC '13 has accepted a position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Alabama.

Ira Bedzow has been named Director of the Biomedical Ethics and Humanities Program, Director of The Bioethics Institute, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, New York Medical College next year.  He will also continue to participate in the Aspen Center for Social Values as their Senior Scholar. 

Edward Dixon completed his dissertation in New Testament and graduates this May, is the Program Director for the Center for Christianity and Scholarship in Durham, NC.

Michael Karlin will begin teaching this fall as Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Life University in Atlanta.

Shively T. J. Smith will join the Wesley Seminary faculty this summer. She will be teaching New Testament Studies.

William Yoo accepted a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of American Religious and Cultural History at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA.

Post-doc Awards:

Dennis LoRusso has accepted a postdoctoral research associate for the Faith and Work initiative at the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University beginning in the fall.


Alexander Kyrychenko, NT 3013, has published his dissertation: The Roman Army and the Expansion of the Gospel: The Role of the Centurion in Luke-Acts (Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die neutestamentliche Wissenschaft 203; Berlin: de Gruyter, 2014).

Of Note:

Donna Mote, ARC, 2012, was featured in a recent New York Times article on her work as a chaplain at Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport.

Summer 2013

State Department Office of Faith-Based Community Initiatives

In an acknowledgement of the importance of the study of comparative religion, Senator John Kerry announced the Office of Faith-Based Community Initiatives (the State Department) at the White House on August 7, 2013. Secretary Kerry made the following comment: "In fact, if I went back to college today, I think I would probably major in comparative religion because that's how integrated [religion] is in everything that we are working on and deciding and thinking about in life today. The video is posted here for the statement in its entirety:

John Hayes, Professor Emeritus, Candler School of Theology

John Hayes, an icon of theological education, passed away this summer. J. Maxwell Miller and Joel LeMon offered this tribute to Dr. Hayes posted on the Society of Biblical Literature website.

Spring 2013

Congratulations to the following GDR students and recent graduates!

Michael Chan has accepted a tenure track assistant professor position at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Mn.

Dennis LoRusso has been awarded a dissertation completion fellowship from Emory Alumni Relations and Development beginning in June.

Gilberto Ruiz has accepted a tenure track position as Assistant Professor of Scripture and Ministry at the Loyola Institute for Ministry of Loyola University New Orleans.

Anthony Byrd has been named a 2013 Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellow.

2013-2014 Recipients of the Louisville Institute Dissertation Fellowships are Jessica Smith (Creatures of the Dark: A Marginal Theology); Shively Smith (Live as Strangers in Your Own Land: Biblical Conversations with First Peter about Cultural Migration); and William Yoo (American Missionaries, Korean Protestants, and the Making of a New Religion, 1880-1965). Three awards out of eight went to Emory GDR students! Congratulations!

Manuela Ceballos received an HTIC/Luce Fellowship for the 2013-14 academic year.

Gil Ben-Herut has accepted a tenure track position as an assistant professor at the University of South Florida beginning in the fall.

Ben Brazil has accepted a faculty position at the Earlham School of Religion, a Quaker seminary in Richmond, Indiana.  He will be director of ESR's Ministry of Writing Program, as well as an assistant professor.

Bradley Burroughs has accepted a job offer at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, CA, one of the member schools of the Graduate Theological Union.

Gil Ben-Herut and Marcus Harvey are co-recipients of the Dept of Religion’s 2013 John Fenton Prize.

Nicole Tilford has been awarded a Mellon/ACLS dissertation completion fellowship. Nicole will defend her dissertation and graduate this spring and will not be accepting the award, nevertheless, we congratulate her on this extraordinary honor.

Shively Smith received a Ford Foundation 2013 Dissertation Fellowship.

Marcus L. Harvey accepted a tenure-track position at the University of North Carolina in Asheville as assistant professor of religious studies focusing on indigenous and diasporic religions.

Alexis Wells has received a Ford Foundation 2013 Dissertation Fellowship.

Dan McNamara has received a Fulbright grant for AY 2013-2014 to undertake dissertation research on late Indian Buddhism at the Central University of Tibetan Studies in Sarnath, India.

Michael Altman has accepted a one year faculty appointment in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Alabama for the 2013-1014 academic year

Josey Bridges Snyder has received the ORDER Fellowship from the Laney Graduate School.

Adam Ployd has accepted a tenure track position as Assistant Professor of Church History and Historical Theology at Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO

This year's People's Choice Award of the Three Minute Thesis Contest was GDR student William Yoo for his presentation, "American Missionaries, Korean Christians and the Making of a New Religion."

Ben Brazil recently awarded the Dean’s Teaching Fellowship Award. This award supports students whose record demonstrates excellence in teaching and who will complete their doctoral degrees in the fellowship year.

Phil Dorroll has accepted a tenure track job from Wofford College in South Carolina as assistant professor of religion focusing on Contemporary Islam.

Meredith Coleman-TobiasChris Holmes and Sarah MacDonald have all received a Louisville Institute Graduate Doctoral Fellowship.

Aftab Jassal received a two-year postdoctoral fellowship with the Duke University Thompson Writing Program.

WSAR doctoral candidate Cat Prueitt received an Andrew W. Mellon Graduate Teaching Fellowship for next year. She will be teaching two courses at Spelman College in Atlanta while finishing her dissertation.

Shively Smith received a 2013 Mellon Mays Fellows Dissertation Grant from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

HB doctoral candidate Anne Stewart received an Andrew W. Mellon Graduate Teaching Fellowship for next year. She will be teaching two courses at Agnes Scott College in Atlanta while finishing her dissertation.

Spring 2012

Congratulations to the following GDR students and recent graduates!

Mohamed Mosaad Abdelaziz has accepted a tenure track position as Assistant Professor of Islam at Northern Arizona University.

Yoshimi Azuma has accepted a position at Kwansei-Gekuin University in Hyogo, Japan as an Assistant Professor of New Testament.

Kevin Barbour’s essay, “The Authority of an Internally Dialogized Monologue?  Reading Ecclesiastes with Bakhtin,” was chosen as the winner of this year’s Robert Detweiler Essay Prize in Literature and Religion.

Gil Ben-Herut has received the Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry (FCHI) Graduate Dissertation Completion Fellowship for the 2012-2013 academic year. Also, Ben's essay, “The Limits of Limitlessness:  The Buddha’s Political Ethics according to Early Buddhist Narrative,” was chosen for Honorable Mention in the Robert Detweiler Essay Prize competition this year.

Letitia Campbell received the Louisville Institute Dissertation Fellowship 2011-12.

Dan Cantey has accepted a tenure track position as Professor of Christian Studies at Bethel University in Tennessee.

Manuela Ceballos received the American Association of University Women dissertation fellowship.

Amy DeBaets will be assistant professor of bioethics at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences starting in June.

Brooke Dodson-Lavelle received the SIRE-HHMI Graduate Fellowship for the 2012-2013 academic year.

Jocelyn Hendrickson (Josie) has just accepted a tenure-track appointment in Islamic Studies at the University of Alberta.

Tiffany Hodge has accepted a one-year position at Vanderbilt University as a Visiting Professor of Islamic Studies.

Joshua Jipp accepted a tenure-track position at the beginning of this semester, teaching New Testament, at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (part of Trinity International University).

Harshita Mruthinti Kamath has accepted a tenure-track position in Hinduism and South Asian Religions at Middlebury College.

David King has accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Church History at Memphis Theological Seminary Fall 2012.

Donna Mote has accepted a position as Visiting Assistant Professor of Asian Religions at Sewanee: The University of the South in Sewanee, TN for 2012-13.

Robyn Neville has accepted a position at General Theological Seminary in Manhattan (a seminary of the Episcopal Church, USA) in medieval church history.

Jenn Ortegren has received a Fulbright Dissertation Research Fellowship (beginning in August 2012) to conduct fieldwork on the topic of "Women, Mobility, and Ritual Change in Contemporary Rajasthan."

Joshua Ralston has accepted a tenure track position in theology at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia beginning January 1, 2013.

Peter Valdina has accepted the position of Assistant Professor of Comparative Religion at Albion College.