Department of Religious Studies

PhD Candidate Mike Amoruso wins Charlotte Newcombe Fellowship

Fri, October 30, 2015
PhD Candidate Mike Amoruso wins Charlotte Newcombe Fellowship
PhD Candidate Michael B. Amoruso

Congratulations to Michael Amoruso, PhD Candidate in Religious Studies, who was awarded a Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship in Religion and Ethics! This highly competitive award, supported by the Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation, goes to doctoral scholars in the humanities and social sciences whose work in some way intersects with the study of religion or ethics. It provides recipients with a stipend to fund the completion of their dissertation writing. Amoruso’s selection indicates the strength of his dissertation research—only 4% of applicants were selected in for the 2015-2016 year.

Amoruso’s project, tentatively titled, Spiritual Transit: The Devotion to Souls, Religious Movement, and Syncretism in São Paulo, Brazil, explores religious movement through an ethnography of the “devotion to souls” in São Paulo, Brazil. It asks why people with various and sometimes multiple religious commitments go to Catholic churches on Mondays to pray for, pray to, and ask things of dead human souls.

More information about the 2015-2016 fellows and this year’s competition can be found on the Woodrow Wilson Foundation’s Website.

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