Nichole Phillips

Nichole R. Phillips, assistant professor of religion and human difference, was interviewed recently by Emory Report about her work exploring the power of religious rituals to create social cohesion and dismantle barriers.

In the classroom, Phillips' students examine the socially transformative nature of rituals using their own experience as a laboratory.

"We deal with very real, contemporary issues and look for the answers religion and theology bring to those perspectives," Phillips explained. "The classes enable [students] to draw on their personal experiences and backgrounds. I provide the tools for them to go out into the community and look for answers,” she says.

Phillips is a recipient of the Humanistic Inquiry Program Fellowship, a grant program of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation that aims to strengthen the humanities and expand interdisciplinary inquiry at Emory University.

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