Peters named 2019-20 PRRI Public Fellow

Rebecca Todd Peters, professor of religious studies, was selected for a second time to work alongside researchers and staff at the Public Religion Research Institute on policy issues.

Professor of Religious Studies Rebecca Todd Peters has been selected as a member of the second cohort of public fellows for the Public Religion Research Institute.

Professor Rebecca Todd Peters

Peters was one of 11 scholars from a variety of disciplines to be chosen by the nonprofit, nonpartisan institute as a PRRI Public Fellow for the coming year. The expanded cohort (eight scholars were selected last year) will work with PRRI researchers and staff to produce data-driven dialogue, thought leadership, commentary and teaching on contemporary issues at the intersection of religion, culture and politics, according to PRRI.

“This distinguished group of scholars will enrich PRRI’s research, and we’re excited to be supporting their public scholarship,” said PRRI Founder and CEO Robert P. Jones. “This diverse group brings expertise from political science, sociology, human rights law, and religious studies, and the cross-pollination across disciplines promises to produce important new insights about religion and politics in America.”

Among the accolades noted in Peters’ selection as a Fellow:

She is the author or editor of eight books, including her most recent book, “Trust Women: A Progressive Christian Argument for Reproductive Justice.” She received the 2018 Walter Wink Scholar-Activist Award from Auburn Seminary in recognition of her work as a public scholar and activist on a wide range of social justice issues.

In addition to her books, Peters has published more than 25 peer-reviewed articles and chapters, written the “To Do Justice” blog on the Progressive Christianity page of Patheos, and published op-eds in HuffPost, ReWire, Christian Century and newspapers across the Southeast.

The PRRI Public Fellows Program is made possible through a generous grant from The Henry Luce Foundation. Along with Peters, the 2019-20 Fellows are Engy Abdelkader, Ruth Braunstein, Andra Gillespie, Zareena Grewal, Andrew Lewis, Eric McDaniel, Jenna Reinbold, Stella Rouse, Janelle Wong and Grace Yukich. Read more about the other fellows here.