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



 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




 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




Jean-Louis Marin-Lamellet

Regenerating America(ns): Benjamin O. Flower, Christian Science and Mary Baker Eddy
Ph.D. Candidate, Université Lumière Lyon 2


 Timothy Noddings

Between the Pulpit and the Press, Media representation of five religious figures, including Mary Baker Eddy
MA Candidate in 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



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

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





Jennifer Reeder

Dissertation on Culture and Collective Memory among Mormon Women
Ph.D. Candidate in History and Art History, George Mason University



Lisa Stepanski, Ph.D.

Telephone Myth/Mary Baker Eddy and Bronson Alcott
Associate Professor of English, Emmanuel College



Amy B. Voorhees

Mary Baker Eddy and the Major Editions of Science and Health
Ph.D. Candidate in Religious Studies, University of California at Santa Barbara




Eva Payne

Laura Lathrop
MA Candidate, Harvard Divinity School




Brandy Scalise

Dissertation on Seventh-day Adventism, Christian Science, and the Emmanuel and New Thought Movements
Ph.D. Candidate in 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





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

Christian Science and Labor Radicalism in Lynn, Massachusetts
Ph.D. Candidate in American Studies, Boston University


Christopher Langton, D. Min.

Religion 332 — The Life of Mary Baker Eddy (Upper Division College Course)
Professor of Religion, Principia College

Peter Skafish

Mary Baker Eddy’s views on Quimby, Mesmerism, and Spiritualism
Ph.D. Candidate in Medical Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley


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.

Women and Healing in Christian Science in Context of Contemporary Spirituality in Great Britain
Ph.D. 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


Gina Rose Marie Armer, MBA

Mary Baker Eddy’s Contribution to Adult Education through the Massachusetts Metaphysical College
Ph.D. 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



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

From Revealed to Relative Truth: Christian Science and Radical Religion at the World’s Parliament of Religions
Ph.D. 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

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