Announcing the 2019 Luce/ACLS Fellows in Religion, Journalism & International Affairs


The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is pleased to announce the 2019 Luce/ACLS Fellows in Religion, Journalism & International Affairs. The fellowships support scholars who are pursuing research on global religions and who seek to engage the public in partnership with journalists. The program, which aims to increase public understanding of the role of religion in international affairs, is made possible by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation.

"This year's Luce/ACLS fellows are exploring fascinating connections between religion and environmental conservation, media consumption, and political mobilization,” said John Paul Christy, director of public programs at ACLS. “Their penetrating, innovative research and commitment to media engagement will broaden public awareness of the diverse and sometimes unexpected ways religion informs political and social practice around the world.”

A panel of senior scholars in the humanities and social sciences selected the fellows based on the quality of their scholarly research and their plans to connect their work to journalism and the media. The fellowship carries a stipend of $55,000, as well as $5,000 to support media engagement activities and $3,000 for research costs.

In addition to providing fellows with a year’s leave to pursue their research and outreach efforts, the program offers a media training workshop in the fall and hosts a spring symposium that brings journalists into dialogue with scholars to discuss key issues in religion and international affairs.

The 2019 Luce/ACLS Fellows and their project titles are:

Evelyn Azeeza Alsultany, Associate Professor, American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California
Stealth Anti-Muslim Racism in an Age of Islamophobia

Lihi Ben Shitrit, Assistant Professor, Political Science, University of Georgia
Women and the Holy City: Women's Movements in the Struggle over Jerusalem's Sacred Space

Elizabeth Shakman Hurd, Professor, Political Science and Religious Studies, Northwestern University
Religion on the Border

Larisa Jasarevic, Senior Lecturer, Anthropology, University of Chicago
Beekeeping in the End Times: Disaster Ecology and Islamic Eschatology in Bosnia and Beyond

Natalie Khazaal, Assistant Professor, Arabic, Georgia Institute of Technology
Arab Apostates: Media and the Making of a Defiant Minority

Amy Erica Smith, Associate Professor, Political Science, Iowa State University
Religion and Climate Change in Brazil: The Deluge and the Desert

Read more about the fellows’ projects and their plans for media engagement on ACLS's website. Visit the Henry Luce Foundation’s website for more information about the Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion in International Affairs and its grantmaking.