Department of Religious Studies

2021 McVickar Prize Winners

The Department of Religious Studies is proud to announce the winners of the Bishop McVickar Thesis Prizes for 2021. Originally instituted in 1909 by the Rt. Rev. William Neilson McVickar, the prizes are awarded annually for the best honor theses written on any topic related to the academic study of religion. Submissions are invited from current Brown University students in any concentration, drawing on any methodology.


Aaron Cooper (Religious Studies '21)
 "Terrifying Potential: Toward A Cartography of White Being"
  Advisor: Andre Willis

Keiko Cooper-Hohn (Religious Studies '21)
 "A Servant of Two Masters? Tunisia’s Claim to Both Secularism and State Islam"
  Advisor: Andre Willis  

Chihye (Naomi) Kim (English '21)
 "'An Interesting Planet': The Ecotheology of Marilynne Robinson's Fiction"
  Advisor: James Kuzner

Emily Pham (Religious Studies '21)
 "Hospital Spiritual Care in Rhode Island during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Interviews on the Chaplain Experience"
  Advisor: Jason Protass