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At the Annual Meeting on May 22, NABPR awarded two dissertation scholarships.
Kathryn House is a PhD candidate in Practical Theology at Boston University School of Theology. Her dissertation reconsiders theologies of salvation in light of intersections of race, gender, and sexuality in US-American evangelical campaigns for sexual purity. She examines the soteriological impulses of the Moral Reform movement, of racial terror lynchings related to allegations of sexual assault, and of abstinence-only sex education initiatives in the 1990s. Interrogating the wedding of whiteness and purity in these campaigns, Kathryn queries the possibility of baptism as a counter-practice to the implications of these intertwined symbolics. Her previous publications include “Torture and Lived Religion: Practices of Resistance” in Trauma and Lived Religion (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming 2018) and “Sometimes, the Minister is a Girl,” in Faithfully Feminist: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Feminists on Why We Stay (White Cloud Press, 2015).
Kathryn is ordained in the Alliance of Baptists and American Baptist Churches USA, and is a member of the First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain. She is currently Assistant Director of the Center for Practical Theology at Boston University School of Theology. She is aunt to Tripp, Margaret Anne, and Charlie, and works diligently to secure their ACC loyalties for Duke despite her brother’s unfortunate UNC-Chapel Hill allegiances.
Andrew Gardner is from Yorktown, Virginia and is pursuing a PhD in American Religious History from Florida State University. His dissertation, tentatively titled, “To Awaken the Song of Transport: The Development of Theological Seminaries and Divinity Schools in Antebellum America” analyzes the role of institutions of theological higher learning in cultivating spatial perspectives among Protestant clergy. Gardner hopes to graduate in May 2019.
About the NABPR Dissertation Scholarship
The NABPR dissertation scholarship program is designed to assist Baptist scholars who are in the process of completing their dissertation. The program was founded in 2006 and is awarded annually.
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About the Scholarship
National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion: Dissertation Scholarship
The NABPR is committed to supporting academically qualified scholars and teachers of religion for the Baptist academy who carry out their teaching and research with a sense of Baptist identity. The particular purpose of the NABPR dissertation scholarship is to foster conversations about what it means to be a Baptist teacher and scholar in relationship to church and academy, thus contributing to the formation of students in a Baptist tradition and the support of important research by Baptist doctoral students.
One scholarship of $3,000 will be awarded each year. Recipients will be invited to attend the National NABPR meeting in the year the award is granted where they will be recognized by the association. Recipients may also be invited to attend subsequent workshops on Baptists and higher education.
In order to be eligible the candidate must be
- at the dissertation stage of his/her program (ABD) in an accredited doctoral program,
- affiliated or connected in an ongoing way with some Baptist congregation,
- a student member of NABPR (which applicants may join at the time of application with no penalty),
- nominated by a faculty member of NABPR who agrees by virtue of the nomination to serve as the student’s mentor.
To apply the candidate must submit the following:
- a letter of interest stating how funds will be spent, candidate’s church involvement, and long term academic goals,
- a curriculum vitae,
- the dissertation prospectus and/or sample chapter,
- two letters of recommendation (one of which may be the nomination mentioned above).
All materials must be submitted electronically to Dr. Daniel Mynatt, National Executive Secretary of NABPR, at
Deadline for submitting materials is January 15, 2017.