The History of Lines

Since its inception, Lake Institute has funded a doctoral dissertation fellowship and an Endowed Lake Scholar to help identify and support the work of emerging and established scholars in this evolving field.

As a continuation of our work, the inaugural LINES conference was held April 12-13, 2015. In addition to the time set aside to engage each participant’s project proposal or research summary, there were several vibrant conversations about the state of research in this field, intentional opportunities for peer conversations, and the importance of collaboration.


A $36,000 competitive research award pool for 2015 LINES participants was introduced during the convening. Each scholar had the opportunity to apply for a grant of $3,000 to support their research.

LINES Cohort 2015

2015 Senior Scholars

Scott Alexander
Professor of Islamic Studies
Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program
Catholic Theological Union

David D. Daniels III
Henry Winters Luce Professor of World Christianity
McCormick Theological Seminary

Jim Hudnut-Beumler
Anne Potter Wilson Distinguished Professor of American Religious History
Vanderbilt Divinity School

Fred Kniss
Eastern Mennonite University

Elizabeth Lynn
Project Director, Shifting Ground
Lake Institute on Faith & Giving

Brian Steensland
Professor and Chair of Sociology
Director of Social Science Research at the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture
Indiana University

Carolyn Warner
Professor of Political Science
Arizona State University

2015 Emerging Scholars

Heath Carter
Associate Professor of American Christianity
Princeton Theological Seminary

Katie Corcoran
Assistant Professor of Sociology
West Virginia University

Heather Curtis
Warren S. Woodbridge Professor in Comparative Religions and Department Chair of Religion
Tufts University

Hilary Davidson
Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology
University of Notre Dame

David Eagle
Assistant Research Professor
Duke Global Health Institute

Patricia Herzog
Melvin Simon Chair; Associate Professor of Philanthropic Studies
Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Indiana University

Moshe Kornfeld
Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the American Jewish Experience
University of Denver Center for Judaic Studies

Jared Peifer
Associate Professor, Department of Management
Baruch College, CUNY

Amy Reynolds
Associate Professor of Sociology
Wheaton College

Thomas Rzeznik
Associate Professor Department of History
Seton Hall University

Anelise Shrout
Assistant Professor of Digital and Computational Studies
Bates College

Brandon Vaidyanathan
Associate Professor  and Chair of Sociology
The Catholica University of America