Maria Antonaccio's second monograph, A Philosophy to Live By: Engaging Iris Murdoch was published by Oxford University Press in 2012. In 2013, she was awarded a three-year Presidential Fellowship, which will support her research on the ethics of postnaturalism: how critical challenges to the normative conception of "nature" are transforming theoretical and practical debates in both environmental ethics and bioethics. In spring of 2014 she lectured at Roma Tre University in Italy and presented her work in progress to a graduate seminar at the University of Uppsala in Sweden. She is an Associate Editor of the forthcoming Blackwell Companion to Religious Ethics (2nd edition).
Brantley Gasaway's book, Progressive Evangelicals and the Pursuit of Social Justice, will be published by the University of North Carolina Press in October 2014. Over the past year, Professor Gasaway also contributed a chapter to Christians and the Color Line: Race and Religion after Divided by Faith (Oxford University Press, 2014) and published book reviews in the Journal of Church and State and the Journal of Presbyterian History. In addition, he is a regular contributor to the Religion in American History academic blog. Professor Gasaway's current research projects include the history of Christian nationalism since 1970 and the types of religious curricula used by homeschooling communities. During the spring 2014 semester, he led Bucknell's study abroad program in London teaching a course examining "Global Religions and the Politics of Pluralism."
Karline McLain is working on her second book manuscript, The Afterlife of Shirdi Sai Baba: The Growth of a New Religious Movement in India, which examines the many and shifting meanings of the Indian holy man Shirdi Sai Baba (d. 1918) to his devotees over time. Research for this book has been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). She recently published an article titled "Be United, Be Virtuous: Composite Culture and the Growth of Shirdi Sai Baba Devotion" in volume 15 of the journal Nova Religio, which was awarded the Thomas Robbins Award for Excellence in the Study of New Religions. McLain currently holds a three-year NEH Chair in the Humanities at Bucknell University.
Rivka Ulmer presented a lecture at Bucknell on her research "Egypt in Midrash-Rabbinic Interpretation." She participated in a colloquium at Ariel University, Samaria, and presented at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. One of her recently published articles is entitled: "Sennacherib in Midrashic and Related Literature: Inscribing History in Midrash." Her book Turmoil, Trauma, and Triumph: The Fettmilch Uprising in Frankfurt am Main According to Megillas Vintz. A Critical Edition of the Yiddish and Hebrew Text Including an English Translation was reprinted; it is also included in collections regarding Jewish Cultural Texts. Together with David Nelson she edited Re-presenting Texts: Jewish and Black Biblical Interpretation. Together with Moshe Ulmer she published Righteous Giving to the Poor: Tzedakah ("Charity") in Classical Rabbinic Judaism: Including a Brief Introduction to Rabbinic Literature (Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press, 2014). She chairs the Midrash Section of the Society of Biblical Literature. Recent fellowships at Brandeis University funded her attendance at these Israel Studies workshops and conferences: "The Shoah in Israeli Culture, Memory and Politics" and "Zionism," including a seminar with Anita Shapira.
Carol Wayne White is completing a book manuscript entitled Sacred Humanity: The Emergence of an African-American Religious Naturalism and has begun research on a new one that explores expanded views of the human and the non-human world within an interdisciplinary context. She published the article "Re-Envisioning Nature" in Spirituality: Conversation for the 21st Century and is currently working on two solicited articles that explore the creative interconnections between queer theory, religion, and science. During a 2013-14 sabbatical, she received an international travel grant to do research at the Royal Society of London in London, England, and at Oxford University. She also presented papers on the intersections of science, religion, and humanism at the XIII Transdisciplinary Theological Colloquium (Drew Theological School) and the Oxford Symposium on Religious Studies (Oxford University). White was recently appointed to the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Academic Perspectives.
Stuart Young's first monograph, Conceiving the Indian Buddhist Patriarchs in China, is coming soon in the Kuroda Institute Studies in East Asian Buddhism series, under the auspices of the University of Hawaii Press. This book examines how medieval Chinese Buddhists represented their ancient Indian forebears as proof that Buddhism was the best religion for China. He is also conducting research for a second book project that will investigate how premodern Buddhist and Daoist institutions positioned themselves in relation to the ubiquitous Chinese sericulture industry. He has recently given talks on these projects in China, Taiwan, Japan, Canada, and the United States, and received research grants from the International College for Postgraduate Buddhist Studies (Kokusai Bukkyōgaku daigakuin daigaku 国際仏教学大学院大学) and the China and Inner Asia Council (CIAC) of the Association for Asian Studies.
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