2020-21 Faculty Fellowship

The 2020-21 Warren Center Faculty Fellowship will be on the theme of Religion and Public Life in Colonial North America and the United States led by Catherine Brekus (Religion), David Holland (Religion), and Jim Kloppenberg (History).

The Charles Warren Center, Harvard’s research center for North American history, invites applications for a workshop on Religion and Public Life in Colonial North America and the United States. Contrary to the predictions of previous generations of scholars, religion remains a potent force in the United States. Secularization, once imagined as the inevitable result of modernity, has not relegated religion to the realm of private life or reduced its influence in political, economic, and legal debates. In this Warren Center workshop, we will examine the long historical relationship between religion and American public life. We are especially interested in tracing the role of religion in shaping conversations about religious freedom, war, democracy, social reform, capitalism, and the common good. Since we will pay particular attention to change and development over time, especially in regard to our two key terms—“religion” and “public”—we welcome proposals from historians working on all periods of American history.

Fellows will present their work in a seminar led by Catherine Brekus (Religion), David Holland (Religion), Jim Kloppenberg (History). Applicants may not be degree candidates and should have a Ph.D. or equivalent. Fellows have library privileges and an office which they must use for at least the 9-month academic year. The Center encourages applications consistent with the Workshop theme and from qualified applicants who can contribute, through their research and service, to the diversity and excellence of the community. Stipends: individually determined according to fellow needs and Center resources, up to a maximum of $66,500. Note that recent average stipends have been in the range of $50,000. Apply: https://academicpositions.harvard.edu/hr/postings/9143 no later than December 13, 2019 with recommendation letters due January 10, 2020. For more information, see http://warrencenter.fas.harvard.edu/.