2022 Luce-AAR Advancing Public Scholarship Grant Winners

With funding from the Henry Luce Foundation, the Luce-AAR Advancing Public Scholarship Grant program provides grants to support scholars of religion who are working to engage publics in innovative ways, through projects designed for presentation in public spaces and outreach through publicly accessible sites.

Congratulations to the 2022 grant recipients!

Abimbola Adelakun, University of Texas at Austin
Collaborator: Benson Igboin
Engaging the Public on “Violent Prayers”: A Proposal for a Media Tour in Southwestern Nigeria

Jamie Andreson, Pennsylvania State University
Collaborator: Ruth Landes Memorial Fund
In the City of Women: Ruth Landes’ Photo Collection of Brazilian Candomblé (1938-1939)

Stephanie Arel, Fordham University
Bearing Witness: The Impact of Memorialization

Marilyn BatchelorClaremont Graduate University
Access to Civil Rights Activist, Theologian, Lawyer Pauli Murray through Gallery and Augmented

Benjamin Bogin, Skidmore College
Collaborators: Adam Tinkle, Tom Yoshikami, Sienna Craig, Ngawang Tsering Gurung
Pandemic Bardo

Kutter Callaway, Fuller Theological Seminary
Collaborators: Christianity Today, Uncommon Voices Collective
Screensavers: How Evangelicals Won the Culture War and Lost their Souls

Candi Cann, Baylor University
Good Grief: Course Creation and Website Integration

Valentina Cantori, University of Southern California
Islam and its Publics: Crafting Public Images of Islam in the U.S.

Christopher Cantwell, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Gathering Places: Religion and Community in Milwaukee

Ken Chitwood, University of Southern California / Freie Universität Berlin
Collaborators: Deborah Caldwell, Judith Golub, Mary Gladstone
ReligionLink Public Scholarship Advancement Expansion

Matthew Cressler, College of Charleston
Collaborator: Marcus Jimenez
Catholic Anti/Racist Stories

Terrance Dean, Denison University
Through Her Hands: Aminah Robinson on Black Faith and Religious Incantations

Miguel A. De La Torre, Iliff School of Theology
Collaborators: Stacey Floyd-Thomas, Edwin David Aponte
Looking through the REARview Mirror: Race, Ethnicity, and Religion

Elaine Ecklund, Rice University
Collaborator: Rachel Schneider
Religion Unmuted

Rachel Feldman, Franklin and Marshall College
Collaborators: Lia Tarachansky, Marc Serpa Francoeur
"The Children of Noah:" A Documentary Film Examining Contemporary Jewish Messianism

“Every breath you take, every move you make, I’ll be watching you”: Addressing Cybersecurity
Risks and Safety Measures for Scholars of Religion to Enhance Online Public Engagement

Lynne Gerber, Independent Scholar
Collaborators: Siri Colom, Ariana Nedelman
When We All Get to Heaven

Kambiz GhaneaBassiri, Reed College
Collaborators: Diana Chester, Moslem Mosque Incorporated, Center for the Study of Visual and Material Cultures of Religion at Yale University
Place and Memory in the Oldest Mosque in the United States

Robert Greenlee, Exhalt
Collaborator: Simran Jeet Singh
Building Public Awareness of the Study of Religions on a Multi-Faith Digital Platform

Andrew Henry, Center for Mind and Culture, Boston
Collaborator: Andrew Ali Aghapour
Religion for Breakfast Radio

Barbara McGraw, Saint Mary's College of California
Governmental Chaplaincy and Religious Diversity

Ilyse Morgenstein Fuerst, University of Vermont
Collaborator:  Megan P. Goodwin
Keeping "Keeping It 101: A Killjoy's Introduction to Religion" Accessible

Michael Perez, University of Memphis
Collaborator: Ali Altaf Mian
Religion, Sexuality, and the Politics of Solidarity:
Intersectional Publics in the Wake of the 2016 Pulse Nightclub Tragedy

Stephen Thompson, University of Denver
Collaborators: Andrea Stanton, Peter Van Arsdale, Steve Werner
Religious Literacy For International Development Practitioners

Kaitlyn Ugoretz, University of California, Santa Barbara
Eat Pray Anime: An Educational YouTube Channel Exploring the Magic Behind
Japanese Pop Culture