Current Visiting Scholars and Senior Fellows

Visiting Scholars

The CSWR welcomes the following Visiting Scholars for the 2019–20 academic year:

Anna Sun Anna Sun is Associate Professor of Sociology and Asian Studies at Kenyon College (and to start as Associate Professor in Religious Studies at Duke University in Fall 2020). She is currently Co-Chair of the Chinese Religions Unit at the American Academy of Religion, and Vice President of the Society for the Study of Chinese Religions. Her book Confucianism as a World Religion: Contested Histories and Contemporary Realities (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2013) examines the processes through which the religious nature of Confucianism is disputed. Her publications focus on the revival of Confucianism in contemporary China; the development of global Confucianism; theories of prayer and rituals; and methodological issues in the social scientific study of East Asian religions. Her project for her year at the CSWR is Friends from Afar: The Development of Global Confucianism in the 21st Century.

Spring 2020

Samuel Lieu, CSWR Visiting Scholar, Spring 2020 Samuel Lieu  is the current President of the International Union of Academies and a Bye Fellow of Robinson College, Cambridge. He is also a Professorial Visiting Associate at the Study of Religions at SOAS. Until 2016 he was Inaugural Distinguished Professor of Ancient History at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia and until 1996, Professor of Ancient History and Classical Civilisation at Warwick University, UK. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and has since 1992 been director of the UNESCO-sponsored Corpus Fontium Manichaeorum Project. He has published extensively on the History of Manichaeism and on the Christian texts and inscriptions from the Silk Road. He is also currently engaged in a series of research publication projects on the onomastic and topographical history of the Thracian Chersonese (Gallipoli Peninsula).


Senior Fellows

The CSWR also welcomes the following Senior Fellows for the 2019-20 Academic Year:


Andrew Jacobs Andrew Jacobs is a historian of early Christianity with a focus on varieties of religious difference, particularly heresy and Jewish-Christian relations. He has published three monographs, most recently Epiphanius of Cyprus: A Cultural Biography of Late Antiquity, which won the Philip Schaff Prize from the American Society of Church History. He is also the co-editor, with Bart Ehrman, of Christianity in Late Antiquity, 300-450, A Reader and the forthcoming collection Garb of Being: Embodiment and the Pursuit of Holiness in Late Ancient Christianity, with Georgia Frank and Susan Holman. He has taught at the University of California, Riverside, and Scripps College. He is currently working on two book-length projects: Gospel Thrillers: The Bible and Conspiracy in U.S. Popular Culture and Ex-Jews: Conversion in Late Antiquity.

Giovanna Parmigiani  Giovanna Parmigiani received an MA in Literature and Philosophy from the Università degli Studi of Milan (Italy) in 2002, a MSc in Social Anthropology from the London School of Economics (UK) in 2009, and a PhD in Socio-Cultural Anthropology from the University of Toronto in 2015. She is the author of the book Feminism, Violence, and Representation in Modern Italy, forthcoming in October 2019 (Indiana University Press). Her current research focuses on earth-based religions, and, in particular, on a neo-pagan group (the cerchio) based in the Salento area of Italy, and enquires the relationships between non-linear historicities (i.e. ways to understand and experience time and temporality) and well-being. In her 24 months long ethnographic fieldwork with the women of the cerchio, she focused on the re-appropriation and construction of the traditional therapeutic pizzica music and dance (and of their historical, ethnographic, and anthropological renderings) as contemporary healing practices.

Wylin Wilson  Wylin D. Wilson is a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School and Teaching Faculty at the Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics.  She has served as Visiting Lecturer and Research Associate at the Harvard Divinity School Women’s Studies in Religion Program where she taught and conducted research at the intersection of Bioethics, Gender, and Theology. Wylin serves on the Mount Auburn Hospital Ethics Committee in Cambridge, MA, and she is a member of the American Academy of Religion’s Bioethics and Religion Program Unit Steering Committee. She was the former Associate Director of Education at the National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care at Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL.  She earned her Ph.D. in Religious Social Ethics from Emory University, Atlanta, GA; her M.S. in Agricultural Economics from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY; her M.Div. at the Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta, GA. Wylin is also a volunteer Spiritual Care Giver for Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services. Among her publications is her book, Economic Ethics and the Black Church (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).