The ASA congratulates members Lalaie Ameeriar and Anthea Butler, two of the 2018 recipents of the Luce/ACLS Fellowships in Religion, Journalism & International Affairs.

Lalaie Ameeriar, Associate Professor of Asian American Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, was awarded the fellowship for her project "Saving Muslim Women”: Forced Marriage and “Honor Killings” in London, UK.

Anthea Butler, Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, was awarded the fellowship for her project Blessed and Highly Favored: Prosperity Gospel as a Nigerian Political and Social Network.

The full press release appears below.

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. 

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. 

The American Council of Learned Societies, a private, nonprofit federation of 75 national scholarly organizations, is the preeminent representative of American scholarship in the humanities and related social sciences. Advancing scholarship by awarding fellowships and strengthening relations among learned societies is central to ACLS’s work. This year, ACLS will award more than $20 million to over 350 scholars across a variety of humanistic disciplines.

Posted for ASA Office in Member News
Post date: March 8, 2018