Faculty Garner Grants to Fund Research

March 2, 2022

Four Candler faculty members have recently been awarded research grants, three from Louisville Institute and one from Emory University’s Halle Institute for Global Research.

  • D.W. and Ruth Brooks Professor of World Christianity Jehu J. Hanciles has been awarded a Louisville Institute Project Grant for Researchers for his project “African Immigrants and Transformations in American Christianity.” Hanciles will examine the impact of post-1960s immigration on the American religious landscape, particularly the ongoing contributions of African Christian immigrants. Read more.
  • Associate Professor of Old Testament Joel M. LeMon and Tel Aviv University Professor Dalit Rom-Shiloni have been awarded a grant from Emory’s Halle Institute for Global Research for their project “Conceptualizing Nature in Eastern Mediterranean Cultures of the 2nd-1st Millenia BCE: The Use of Textual and Pictorial Evidence.” LeMon, along with Assistant Professor in the Practice of Old Testament Ryan Bonfiglio and students from Emory’s Graduate Division of Religion, will collaborate with Rom-Shiloni and other Israeli and European scholars to address whether there is a conception of “nature” in the Hebrew Bible and the ancient Near East, and if so, how can its contours be established.
  • Professor of Hebrew Bible Roger S. Nam has been awarded Louisville Institute’s Sabbatical Grant for Researchers for his project and upcoming book The Economics of Diaspora (Oxford University Press). Nam’s project seeks to utilize diasporic theory to apply to readings of three different text clusters that represent different components of the Judean diaspora, which will equip today’s congregations to better welcome the sojourner. Read more.
  • Assistant Professor of Catholic Studies Susan B. Reynolds has been awarded a Louisville Institute Project Grant for Researchers for her project, “Ways of the Cross: Passion and Protest as Public Theology.” Drawing on fieldwork, interviews, and archival research in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Brownsville, Texas, and beyond, Reynolds will examine passion protests staged by churches and other Christian communities in response to five contemporary social wounds: gun violence, structural racism and anti-Black violence, homophobia, injustice toward migrants, and the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more.