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Constant H. Jacquet Research Awards

The Religious Research Association announces its annual competition for the Constant H. Jacquet Research Award to support research in religion.

Applied, client-centered projects are given priority, but basic social scientific research on any aspect of religion is also regularly funded.  Proposals from students, especially Ph.D. candidates and scholars who are in the early stages of their careers are particularly encouraged. Applicants are required to be members of the RRA. Full-time students may join the Association at the time of their application. All others must hold membership in the RRA for at least one full year prior to the application deadline.

Funding may be used for research expenses, but not for supplemental income or capital equipment. Grants in excess of $4,000 to a single recipient/agency are rare. Applicants will be notified of the disposition of their applications by May 15th and will be asked to submit a written acceptance of their awards within two weeks of notification. Awards become available July 1st.

Recipients should plan to expend the grant within one year after accepting the award and should note RRA support in all reports of the research for which they received the grant. Award recipients are required to provide the Executive Officer with an abstract and a one-page summary of the research at its conclusion.

Award recipients are encouraged to submit their research reports for possible publication in the Review of Religious Research, subject to editorial review.

Applications must be received by 30 April 2014.

Interested persons can obtain APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS online.

For more information about the award, please contact the Executive Officer: Bill Swatos


2012 Recipients of the Religious Research Association’s Constant H. Jacquet Awards were:

  • Katharine A. Boyd, a Doctoral Student of the John Jay College of Crimqal Justice, CUNY,
    Graduate Center. The title of her study is: "Ecology of Religious Conflict: Cross-National
    Comparison of Violent Attacks."
  • Reid J. Leamaster, a Ph.D. Student at Purdue university: West Lafayette, Indiana. The title of
    his study is: "Gendered Resistance and Compliance in the LDS Church."
  • Mark McCormack, a Ph.D. student at Vanderbilt University, Nashville Tennessee. The title of
    his study is: "Negotiating Women of Faith: A Multilevel Analysis of Interfaith Group Formation
    and Maintenance."
  • Aida Isela Ramos, a Ph.D. student from the;University of Texas in Austin. The title of her study
    is "Schools, Community, and Religious Volunteers: The Role of Faith-Based Organizations in
    Providing Social Support to U.S. Mexican Youth."
  • Laura Schneebaum, a student pursuing an M.A. in Mental Health and Wellness at New York
    University. The title of her study is: "Religious perceptions on Mental Illness: Orthodox Jewish
    Women's Narratives."

2011 Recipients of the Religious Research Association’s Constant H. Jacquet Awards were:

  • Laura Andrews, University of Arizona, “The Role of Religious Meanings in Human Action: The Case of Environmental Conflict.”
  • Zahra Ayubi, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, “What is Islamic? Debates over Ethical Approaches to Muslim Gender Reform.”
  • Eileen Barker, London School of Economics, “NRMs and their Aging Converts.”
  • John Eicher, University of Iowa, “How States and Interest Groups Defined their Identities through Interaction with Mennonites.”
  • Justin Farrell, University of Notre Dame, “The Role of Religious Meanings in Human Action: The Case of Environmental Conflict.”
  • Brad Fulton, Duke University, “Congregation-Based Community Organizing: The State of the Field.”
  • Daniel Loss, Brown University, “The Afterlife of Christian England, 1944-1994.”

2010 Awardees were:

  • Melissa Browning, Loyola University of Chicago, applied research as part of her PhD program in Christian Ethics, "Patriarchy, Christianity, and the African AIDS Pandemic: Rethinking Christian Marriage in Light of the Experiences of HIV Positive Women in Tanzania."
  • Harriet J. Hartman, Sociology Department, Rowan University, basic research, "Jewish Identity and its Influence on Secular Pursuits."
  • Kent R. Kerley, Department of Justice Sciences, University of Alabama at Birmingham, basic research with an applied emphasis, "Freedom in life, freedom in faith: Understanding the impact of a faith-based transitional center for women."
  • Benjamin Meagher, University of Connecticut, basic research as part of his PhD program in Social Psychology, "Judgments of Religious Qualities and the Identification of Spiritual Exemplars."
  • Kevin Taylor, Boston University, basic research as part of his PhD program in Religious and Theological Studies, "Habits of the Hearth: Parenting, Religion, and the Good Life in America."
  • Jeremy Thomas, Purdue University, basic research as part of his PhD program in Sociology, "Identifying Underchurched and Overchurched Counties: An Application for a New Approach to the Analytic Separation of Religious Supply and Demand."
2009 Awardees were:
  • Joshua Brahinsky, University of California, Santa Cruz, as part of his PhD program in History of Consciousness,"Ordinary Mystics: The Organizing and Politics of Bethany Missionaries."
  • Melissa Wei-Tsing Inouye, Harvard University, as part of her PhD program in East Asian Languages and Civilizations, "The True Jesus Church and the Moral Marketplace in Fuzhou, China."
  • Alexei Krindatch, Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California,"They are 'with us' but not a 'part of us.' The young generation of intermarried families in the Eastern Orthodox Churches in America."
  • Jared Peifer, Cornell University, as part of his PhD program in Sociology, "Serving God and Mammon: The Case of Religiously Affiliated Mutual Funds."
  • Jeremy Uecker, University of Texas at Austin, as part of his PhD program in Sociology, "Religion and Early Marriage in the United States."
2008 Awardees were:
  • Christy Bohl (University of Kentucky)
  • Michael Evans (University of California San Diego)
  • Michele Garred (University of Lancaster)
  • Emily McKendry-Smith (University of North Carolina)
  • Melissa Mokel (University of Connecticut)
  • Mandy Robbins (University of Warwick)
2007 Awardees were:
  • Kraig Beyerlein (University of Arizona)
  • Philip Michael Fountain (Australian National University)
  • Karen Monique Gredd (University of Notre Dame)
  • Kevin A. Harris (Ball State University)
  • Carrie S. Konold (University of Michigan)
  • Michael K. Romer (University of Texas)
2006 awardees were:
  • Gary L. Adler, Sociology, University of Arizona, "Parishes in the Aftermath: Hurricane Katrina, Organizational Change, and Individual Believers"
  • Joanne M. Marshall, Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, Iowa State University, "School Superintendents Applying a Moral Imperative to Professional Practice: Evaluating Iowa's 'Leading with Soul' Pilot Program" (Client: School Administrators of Iowa)
  • Nancy J. Martin, Sociology, University of Arizona, "Small Groups in Big Churches"
  • Stephen Offutt, Sociology, Boston University, "A Comparative Analysis of Global Evangelicalism: Networks, Organizations, and Entrepreneurs in Central America and Southern Africa"
  • J. Shane Sharp, Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, "The Effects of Religion on the Behaviors and Experiences of Intimate Partner Violence Victims"
  • Jacqueline Wenger, Sociology, Catholic University of America, "Middle-Class African-American and White Nondenominational Protestant Congregations: Their Characteristics and Significance"
2005 awardees were:
  • Nanlai Cao, The Australian National University, an ethnographic study of the Christian revival in postsocialist Wenzhou, China.
  • Brian Calfano, University of North Texas, an examination of the role of institutional influences on the attitudes and behavior of ecclesiastical elites (ordained and lay) in the Presbyterian Church, USA.
  • D. Michael Lindsay, Princeton University, a study of the role of "leading evangelical" elites and their networks in refashioning institutional boundaries and cultural repertoires.
  • Marge Royle, Parish Life and Leadership Ministry, United Church of Christ, an analysis of the factors associated with stress, job performance, and coping among UCC clergy.
  • Jenny Trinitapoli, University of Texas, Austin, an examination of the influence of religion on sexual behavior and HIV transmission risk among lay adults in three districts of rural Malawi

2004 awardees were:   Mary Bendyna, James Fenimore, Charlene McGrew, Anthony Pogorelc, and Rebecca Sager

2003 awardees were:

  • Lanette Ruff, University of New Brunswick.  Religious response to victims of violence against women in Jamaica and Croatia. 
  • James Wellman, University of Washington.  Study of the ministries of five megachurches in the state of Washington.
  • Lori Beaman, Concordia University, Montreal.  Study of participants in the labyrinth spiritual movement.
  • Stephen Krauss, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.  Structure of social and religious attitudes in Ghana and United States.
  • Keli Rugenstein, State University of New York at Albany.  Stressors affecting clergy and their effect on decisions to leave congregational ministry.

2002 awardees were Sally Gallagher, Enid Logan, Eric McDaniel, and Robert Woodberry.

2001 awardees were Al Herzog, Elaine Howard, Ted Jelen, David Yamane, and Fenggang Yang.


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