The Centre would like to congratulate Edward Escalon Jr. for successfully receiving the Fulbright Fellowship Award, as well as the TA Teaching Excellence Award.
Edward Escalon Jr. came to the University of Toronto by way of Harvard College and Union Theological Seminary to pursue his PhD in the Department for the Study of Religion. His research interests sit at the intersection of hemispheric politics and transnational Pentecostalism. Recently awarded the prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Program award to Honduras in Anthropology from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, Edward will conduct research in collaboration with the Department of Social Sciences at the National Autonomous University of Honduras as part of a project that focuses on marginal youth in urban Tegucigalpa. Situated at the intersection of affect theory and the anthropology of Christianity, Edward’s project, From Mano Dura (Iron Fist) to Manos Cristianas (Christian Hands): Evangelical Christianity and Soft Security in Honduras, considers how Christian understandings of care and affection inform the work of evangelical ministries serving the city’s marginal youth.
Edward also served as the Teaching Assistant for the Centre’s yearlong introductory course, DTS200, receiving the highly competitive TA Teaching Excellence Award by year’s end.