News and Announcements

Spring 2017

Katie Kime:
Doctoral student examines religious, spiritual aspects of addiction recovery featured in Emory Report on spring graduates.

Deborah Lipstadt's
story on her courtroom battle with a Holocaust denier, chronicled in the feature film “Denial,” will reach a new audience this week as a TED talk posted on May 2, 2017.

Becky Copeland
has accepted a tenure-track position in Theology at Boston University School of Theology, starting 7/1.

Aftab Jassal has accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Hinduism and South Asian Religions, Colgate University

Elana Jefferson-Tatum has accepted the tenure-track Mellon Bridge Assistant Professorship in Religion, Race, and Colonialism at Tufts University.

Cat Pruiett has taken a job as Assistant Professor of Buddhist Philosophy at George Mason University.

Melva Sampson will begin a position this fall at Wake Forest University School of Divinity  as Assistant Professor of Preaching and Practical Theology

Justin Schedtler
has accepted a position as Assistant Professor, Religion Dept. at Wartburg College

Fall 2016

Teresa Fry Brown
was honored by The Black Religious Scholars Group on October 15, 2015. 

Tenzin Bhuchung received both  Fulbright and American Institute of Indian Studies dissertation fellowships to conduct research in India and Nepal 2016-2017 for his project titled  "Maitrīpāda: A Missing Link in the Transmission of Buddhism to Tibet."

Anandi Salinas received a Fulbright dissertation fellowship to conduct research in India 2017-2018 for her project titled "Beyond Seeing: Darshan as an Embodied Multi-Sensory Practice in Contemporary Vaishnavism"

Alex Yiannopoulos received a Fulbright dissertation fellowship to conduct research in India for his project titled "Nondual Cognition in Buddhist Philosophy and Meditation."

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 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.

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).