Jack Shand Research Grants

A generous bequest from Jack Shand, a long–term member of SSSR until his death in 2001, has made it possible for SSSR to offer Jack Shand Research Grants to support research in the social scientific study of religion.

For 2024, SSSR Council allocated $55,000 to this program. While individual grants do not ordinarily exceed $5,000, it is possible to make a special request for more, to be considered at the committee's discretion. Applicants must have finished the Ph.D. degree and must be members of SSSR. In the case of co–authored requests, one author must be both a member and a Ph.D. Intellectual merit is the criterion by which proposals will be evaluated.

Individuals are expected to use the Jack Shand award for expenses connected with their research. SSSR prioritizes applications that support direct research expenses. Shand Award funding is transferred to the principal investigator’s university unless other arrangements are made. Please note that SSSR does not allow for any indirect cost recovery. 

All applications must be submitted via the online submission form, which is accessible through the link at the top of this page. Applications emailed to the committee chair or executive office will not be accepted. A Shand Research Grant application must include a project proposal (up to 4 pages, single-spaced), budget (expenses with descriptions/justifications), and the principal investigator’s curriculum vitae in PDF format. The deadline is May 1, 2024.

Funding decisions will be made by August 1, 2024.


Ruth Braunstein (University of Connecticut), Chair

Mark Mulder (Calvin University)

Amy McDowell (University of Mississippi)

Abimbola Adelakun (University of Texas, Austin)

Chaeyoon Lim (University of Wisconsin-Madison)


Roger Baumann (Hope College), "American Evangelicals, Islam & the Competition for Religious Authority"

Esther Chan (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee), "Religious and Racial Scripts Among Asian Americans"

Paul Djupe (Denison University), "Apocalypse Now: Testing End Times Mechanisms in American Politics"

Mansoor Moaddel (University of Maryland, College Park), "Understanding changes in religious values among Tunisians"

Susannah Crockford (University of Exeter), "Trusting the Plan: How Christian Nationalism and New Age Spirituality Intersect with Conspiracy Theories in the 2024 US Presidential Election"

Benjamin Milner (University of Alberta), "Investing in Angels, The Impacts of a Century of Randomized Grants to Clergy in 18th-Century Britain"

Jaeeun Kim (University of Michigan), "Repertoires of Redemption: Migration, Asylum, and Religion in the Era of Involuntary Immobility"

Joel Thiessen (Ambrose University), "Congregations at the Nexus of Faith Transmission and Spiritual Formation"

David Eagle (Duke University), "Politics and Polarization in the United Methodist Church: A Text Analysis of Sermons"

Rachel Stein (West Virginia University), "Vaccination decisions in a closed religious community"

Maro Youssef (University of Southern California), "The Power of Feminist Coalitions: Islamist and Secular Women Politicians' Cooperation in Tunisia (2011-2021)"


Ezra Temko (Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville), "How Jewish social justice activists navigate contemporary left antisemitism and antizionism"

Bolaji Bateye (Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-ife), "From Nigeria to London: Witchcraft Accusations, Racial Justice and the Changing Contours of Nigerian Pentecostalism in London"

Melinda McCormick (Western Michigan University)

Lisa Weaver-Swartz (Asbury University), "Covid-19 and the Evangelical Campaign against Trafficking in Southeast Asia"

David Voas (University College, London), "Explaining Unbelief: Images of God and Value Change"

Job Chen (University of North Carolina at Charlotte), "Qualitative and network analysis of mystical experiences
among Chinese Daoist monks and nuns: A mixed-methods study of Daoist mysticism"

Marquisha Scott (University of Denver), "Congregations of the Future: Continued Education for Clergy and Youth Leaders"

Ayesha Khurshid (Florida State University), "Maya, Muslim, and Mexican: Knowledge Production & Transfer in a Maya Tzotzil Muslim Community"

Mehrzad Boroujerdi (Missouri University of Science and Technology), "How Religious is Iran’s New Elite?"

Hannah Ridge (University of Chicago),"Ethnodoxy in Egypt: Measurement and Validation"


Monique Moultrie (Georgia State University) "Hidden Histories: Faith as a Site of Black Lesbian Activism"

Soulit Chacko (Indiana University)

Meredith Hope (The College of Wooster)

Melissa Wilde (University of Pennsylvania)

Jonathan Calvillo (Boston University)

Eman Abdelhadi (University of Chicago)

Fanhao Nie (Valdosta State University) "Asian Hate, Minority Stress, and Religious Coping: A Study of Asian and Asian American Users of Online Dating Platforms During the COVID-19 Pandemic"

Rebecca Glazier (University of Arkansas at Little Rock), "Race and Faith: The Role of Congregations in Racial Justice"

Ramazan Kilinc (University of Nebraska, Omaha), "Explaining Minority Political Strategies under Authoritarian Rule: A Comparison of Armenian and Jewish Minority in Turkey"

Francesco Molteni (University of Milan), "Between assimilation and exclusion, Immigrants' religious discrimination in Europe"

Okelloh Ogera (Great Lakes University of Kisumu), "Sacred Sororities: Mega-Churches, Religious Commodification and the Re-Imagination of African Womanhood"