New College Religion Professor Heather White Awarded Two Research Grants

Heather White, visiting assistant professor of religion in 2012-13, recently received two honors that will allow her to spend a semester in New York City working on a new research project.

White was selected as one of two fellows for this year’s cohort of the Engaged Scholars Studying Congregations, a fellowship program funded by the Lilly Foundation and administered by Hartford Seminary, a theological college. The Engaged Scholars program provides $18,000 in research funding over two years, and offers mentorship for scholars investigating the practices of congregational life.

As a complement to the fellowship, White also was selected to be a scholar-in-residence at the Burke Library of Union Theological Seminary, the graduate theology program of Columbia University. At Burke, she will conduct archival research in the records of the New York City Council of Churches. Her project will examine liberal Christian congregations and their overlap with protest movements of the late 1960s and 1970s, including Gay Liberation, Black Power and the Young Lords movements.

White has taught at New College since 2009 and has served on the Institutional Research Board’s human subject research review committee. She is expected to serve as an adjunct faculty member in the fall. White received her bachelor’s degree from Eastern University and her master’s and doctoral degrees from Princeton University.

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