Announcing the 2018 Luce-ACLS Fellows in Religion, Journalism & International Affairs


The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is pleased to announce the 2018 cohort of Luce/ACLS Fellows in Religion, Journalism & International Affairs. The Luce/ACLS Fellowships support scholars pursuing research on global religions who seek to connect their scholarship to journalism and media audiences. 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.

“Political and public discourse too often suffers from a lack of understanding of our world’s complex religious traditions,” said John Paul Christy, director of public programs at ACLS. “By fostering new connections between scholars and journalists and offering sites for training and knowledge sharing, ACLS seeks to promote richer, more balanced insights about the political, social, and cultural roles of religion in international affairs.”

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 additional funds for research and outreach activities. ACLS also provides special support for fellows who will take up residence at one of the program’s three university partners in 2018-19: Arizona State University, Northwestern University, and the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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

The 2018 Luce/ACLS Fellows and their project titles are:

Lalaie Ameeriar, Associate Professor, Asian American Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara
“Saving Muslim Women": Forced Marriage and “Honor Killings” in London, UK

Anthea Butler, Associate Professor, Religious Studies and Africana Studies, University of Pennsylvania
Blessed and Highly Favored: Prosperity Gospel as a Nigerian Political and Social Network

Joyce Dalsheim, Assistant Professor, Global Studies, University of North Carolina, Charlotte
Does Israel Have a Jewish Problem? On the Struggles to Be Jewish in the Modern Nation State

Nile Spencer Green, Professor, History, University of California, Los Angeles
Global Islam: What Is It and Where Did It Come From?

Levi McLaughlin, Assistant Professor, Philosophy and Religious Studies, North Carolina State University
Religious Influences on Japanese Politics and Policymaking 

Simran Jeet Singh, Assistant Professor, Religion, Trinity University, TX
Representing Guru Nanak and the Sikh Tradition 

Tulasi Srinivas, Associate Professor, Anthropology, Emerson College
The Absent Goddess: Religion, Ecology, and Violence in Urban India 


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.