Fellowships

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The Mary Baker Eddy Library awards fellowships to academic scholars and independent researchers for research in its collections, which center on the papers of Mary Baker Eddy and records documenting the history of the Christian Science movement. Relevant areas of research include the fields of women’s history, spirituality and health, religious studies, nineteenth-century history, cultural and social history, architecture, and journalism.

The Library’s public collections offer scholars countless opportunities for original research. A select list of such resources include: Mary Baker Eddy’s scrapbooks and copybooks; household account ledgers and receipts; a fully-indexed file of newspapers clippings that date to the late nineteenth century; Eddy’s sermons and lectures; an extensive historic photograph collection; architectural records; early histories of branch Churches of Christ, Scientist; and Eddy’s voluminous correspondence and manuscript material, which offer opportunities for new analysis of her life and ideas.

The Library’s research programs are designed to support original contributions to scholarship and help further research by established scholars, graduate students, and recent graduates just beginning their academic careers.

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Fellowship Recipients

2014

  • K. Paul Johnson, MLA

    "From Mary Baker Eddy's Boston to California"
    Independent Researcher
  • Catherine Mas

    "Mary Baker Eddy's Massachusetts Metaphysical College: A Study of Gender, Health, and Scientific Expertise in the Late Nineteenth Century"
    Ph.D. Candidate Yale University

2013

  • Lynne Bundesen, MA

    "The Bible in its Spiritual Meaning", Mary Baker Eddy's Notes on Genesis
    Author and Scholar
  • David Holland, Ph.D.

    "Wonders: Ellen Gould White, Mary Baker Eddy and Nineteenth-Century America"
    Associate Professor of North American Religious History, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University
  • Paul Ivey, Ph.D.

    "Building Respectability: Christian Science Architecture in the British Commonwealth and Europe, 1910-2010"
    Associate Professor of Art, University of Arizona
  • Joshua Paddison, Ph.D.

    Correspondence between Aizire Chevaillier and Mary Baker Eddy
    Visiting Professor in Religious Studies, Indiana University
  • Ashley Squires, Ph.D.

    Connections to Christian Science: Gertrude Stein, Sara Stein, Mina Loy, and others
    Postdoctoral Fellow of English, University of Texas at Austin
  • Paul Stob, Ph.D.

    Intellectual Populism in American Thought and Culture, 1875-1915," including a chapter on Mary Baker Eddy and the Christian Science Board of Lectureship
    Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, Vanderbilt University

2012

  • Jean-Louis Marin-Lamellet, Ph.D. Candidate

    Regenerating America(ns): Benjamin O. Flower, Christian Science and Mary Baker Eddy
    Université Lumière Lyon 2
  • Timothy Noddings, MA Candidate

    Between the Pulpit and the Press, Media representation of five religious figures, including Mary Baker Eddy
    Religious History, University of Victoria
  • Ronit Stahl

    God, War, and Politics: The American Military Chaplaincy and the Creation of Modern American Religion
    Ph.D. candidate in History, University of Michigan

2011

  • Paul Ivey, Ph.D.

    Christian Science church architecture in Britain, Canada, South Africa, and Australia
    Associate Professor of Art History, University of Arizona
  • G. Kurt Piehler, Ph.D.

    A Religious History of the American G.I. in World War II
    Associate Professor of History, University of Tennessee
  • L. Ashley Squires, Ph.D. Candidate

    Religious Healing in the Progressive Era: Literary Responses to Christian Science
    English, University of Texas at Austin

2010

  • Jennifer Reeder, Ph.D. Candidate

    Dissertation on Culture and Collective Memory among Morman Women
    History and Art History Departments, George Mason University
  • Lisa Stepanski, Ph.D.

    Telephone Myth/Mary Baker Eddy and Bronson Alcott
    Associate Professor of English, Emmanuel College
  • Amy B. Voorhees, Ph.D. Candidate

    Mary Baker Eddy and the Major Editions of "Science and Health"
    Religious Studies, University of California at Santa Barbara

2009

  • Eva Payne, MA Candidate

    Laura Lathrop
    Harvard Divinity School
  • Brandy Scalise, Ph.D. Candidate

    Dissertation on Seventh-day Adventism, Christian Science, and the Emmanuel and New Thought Movements
    English (Rhetoric), Penn State University
  • Lisa Stepanski, Ph.D.

    Mary Baker Eddy and Bronson Alcott
    Associate Professor of English, Emmanuel College
  • Rolf Swensen, Ph.D.

    Occupational Survey of Early Christian Scientists
    Reference Librarian/Social Sciences Bibliographer, Rosenthal Library, Queens College, City University of New York

2008

  • Nancy Alexander, MA, MBA

    Mary Baker Eddy's Church Buildings as Feminine Sacred Space
    Adjunct Lecturer, Southern Connecticut State University
  • Lance Carden, MFA

    The Forgotten Poetry of Mary Baker Eddy
    Independent Researcher, Bible Research Editor
  • Diane Hanover

    The Early Growth of Christian Science Congregations in the Western United States, 1880s-1940s
    Independent Researcher, Textbook Editor
  • M. Michelle Robinson, Ph.D. Candidate

    Christian Science and Labor Radicalism in Lynn, Massachusetts
    American Studies, Boston University

2007

  • Christopher Langton, D. Min.

    Religion 332 — The Life of Mary Baker Eddy (Upper Division College Course)
    Professor of Religion, Principia College
  • Peter Skafish, Ph.D. Candidate

    Mary Baker Eddy's views on Quimby, Mesmerism, and Spiritualism
    Medical Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley

2006

  • Claire H. Badaracco, Ph.D.

    Media, Medical and Religion News, American Spirituality and Health
    Professor, Marquette University College of Communication
  • Robin Elizabeth Harragin, M.Th., Ph.D.

    Women and Healing in Christian Science in Context of Contemporary Spirituality in Great Britain
    Candidate Bath Spa University College
  • Eric Lyons Thomas, Ph.D.

    Christian Science and the Beginnings of Pastoral Pyschotherapy
    Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, College of Charleston
  • Pamela Walker, Ph.D.

    Christian Science in Victorian and Edwardian Britain
    Assistant Professor of history, Carleton University

2005

  • Gina Rose Marie Armer, MBA, Ph.D.

    Mary Baker Eddy's Contribution to Adult Education through the Massachusetts Metaphysical College
    Candidate University of Idaho, Business Technologies Instructor, Eastern Idaho Technical College
  • Heather D. Curtis, Th.D.

    Faith Healing, Christian Science, and Kindred Phenomenon: Mary Baker Eddy and the Evangelical Divine Healing Movement in Late Nineteenth Century America
    Lecturer on American Religious History Harvard Divinity School
  • Annette Kreutziger-Herr, Ph.D.

    Mary Baker Eddy’s Interpretation of the Book of Genesis
    Professor of Musicology and Cultural Studies College of Music, Cologne, Germany
  • Ada Mahasti Norris, Ph.D.

    The Politics of Health, Food, Spirituality, and the “Indian Cause” in the case of Zitkala-Ša and her Christian Scientist Friends
    Assistant Professor of English Grinnell College
  • Rolf Holen Swensen, Ph.D.

    Rise of Christian Science in New York City, 1885-1910
    Reference Librarian/Social Sciences Bibliographer, Rosenthal Library, Queens College, City University of New York
  • Diane Treacy-Cole, Ph.D.

    Voices Not Our Own’: The Development of Mary Baker Eddy’s Theological Voice
    Research Fellow, Department of Archeology, University of Bristol

2004

  • Sarah Gardner Cunningham, Ph.D.

    Spiritual Building: Augusta Stetson and the Organization of Christian Science
    Faculty, Upper School, Department of History, Marymount School of New York
  • Robert S. Fogarty, Ph.D.

    'Mighty Works’: Anglo-American Faith Healing, 1870-1930
    Editor, "Antioch Review," Antioch University
  • Paul Eli Ivey, Ph.D.

    Building Respectability: Influences from the American Christian Science Building Boom in Britain 1897-1930
    Associate Professor of Art History, University of Arizona
  • Jean Halgren Kilde, Ph.D.

    Maternalism, Materialism and Mary Baker Eddy: The Enigma of The Mother Church of Christian Science and the Extension
    Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Religious Studies, Macalester College
  • Amy Marie Kittelstrom, Ph.D.

    From Revealed to Relative Truth: Christian Science and Radical Religion at the World’s Parliament of Religions
    Candidate Department of History, Boston University
  • Amy Elaine Lorion, ABD

    Molten in the Furnace of Affliction’: Mary Baker Eddy and the Public Sphere, 1875-1910
    Visiting Lecturer, Department of Religious Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Robert John Rockabrand, Ph.D.

    Mary Baker Eddy’s Relationship with and use of The Book of Psalms in her Daily Work as Discoverer and Leader of the Christian Science Movement
    Professor Emeritus, Musical Arts, Principia College
  • Susan M. Setta, Ph.D.

    A Cloud of Witnesses: Varieties of Perceptions of Mary Baker Eddy's Charismatic Authority
    Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy and Religion, Northeastern University