William Reed, a doctoral candidate at Johns Hopkins University's Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, and Caroline Garriott, a 2007 Hopkins graduate, have been named Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellows for 2016 by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.
Reed received the recognition for his dissertation, Yahweh's "Cruel Sword": The Manifestation of Punishment and the Trauma of Exile, in JHU's Department of Near Eastern Studies. His dissertation examines how the motif of Yahweh's sword in the biblical prophets functions as a coping mechanism for those traumatized by exile.
Garriott, who graduated in 2007 with a degree in art history, is completing her dissertation, Coloring the Sacred: Art and Devotion in Colonial Peru and Brazil, in the Department of History at Duke University. Her dissertation examines how lay devotion to saints and their images in colonial Peru and Brazil informed broader perceptions of race and religion in the Iberian Atlantic World.
The fellowship will provide both scholars with a 12-month award of $25,000 to support their final year of dissertation work.
Created in 1981 and funded by the Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation, the Newcombe Fellowship is the nation's largest and most prestigious award for PhD candidates in the humanities and social sciences, addressing questions of ethical and religious values. The fellowship is administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and has supported more than 1,100 doctoral candidates, most of them now noted faculty and thought leaders in their fields.
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