Faculty News

Elizabeth Cecil, Assistant Professor of Religion, Awarded Stephen Risley Family Fellowship for the 2021-22 Academic Year

The Stephen Risley Family Fellowship was established in 1999 by the late J. Stephen Risley Jr. to support junior faculty in research as they work toward tenure. This fellowship will help support Prof. Cecil's second book project, provisionally entitled Architectures of Intimidation: Political Ecology and Landscape Manipulation in Early Southeast Asia. Click here for the full story.

The Department of Religion Remembers Colleague Richard L. Rubenstein

The Department of Religion joins in the many expressions of sorrow at the death of our colleague Richard L. Rubenstein at the age of 97. Rubenstein taught at FSU from 1970 to 1995; in 1977, FSU awarded him the title of Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor, its highest faculty honor. Most famous for his 1966 book After Auschwitz, which inaugurated the scholarly field of post-Holocaust theology, Rubenstein wrote or edited over ten books, authored scores of articles, and impacted a generation of FSU students in his classes.

Full obituaries can be found at the New York Times and the Washington Post; subscribers to the Tallahassee Democrat can access a news story with remembrances from Rubenstein's colleagues and students. The Department of Religion's YouTube channel hosts a video interview that Rubenstein gave about his career in 2016 to Profs. John Kelsay and Martin Kavka.

Jamil Drake, Assistant Professor of Religion was awarded the prestigious McKnight Junior Faculty Development Fellowship for 2019-2020

The McKnight Junior Faculty Fellowship Program promotes excellence in teaching and research by underrepresented minorities and women. As part of the program, Fellows receive a one-year sabbatical with full salary and benefits, during which they engage in research and training projects directly related to their professional interests.

Religion Department Welcomes Two New Faculty

The Religion Department is pleased to announce that in Fall 2019 we will be joined by new Assistant Professors Sonia Hazard and Laura McTighe, both of whom will teach in the area of American Religious History. Professor Hazard (Ph.D. Duke) currently is a NEH Fellow at the American Antiquarian Society. Professor McTighe (Ph.D. Columbia) currently is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Society of Fellows at Dartmouth College.

Faculty Awards

The Religion Department congratulates Jimmy Yu, Associate Professor in Chinese Buddhism, for receiving the Center for Chinese Studies Grant from the National Central Library of Taiwan for the summer of 2016. The Department also congratulates Michael McVicar, Assistant Professor of American Religious History, for receiving the 2016 Risley Family Fellowship by the College of Arts and Sciences at FSU.

John Corrigan, Professor of Religion was named a Luce/ACLS Fellow in Religion, Journalism & International Affairs for 2017/2018

The fellowship supports scholars in the humanities and related social sciences who are pursuing research on religion in an international context and desire to connect their projects with journalists and media specialists. Corrigan’s project is entitled, “Religious Violence and American Foreign Policy”.