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Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

Visiting Scholars

Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

Each year the Boisi Center provides an intellectual home for visiting scholars working on significant projects related to religion and public life. Visiting scholars participate in the intellectual life of the Center, which includes numerous public events, and may have an opportunity to present their own research as well. For more information about the visiting scholars program, or to apply for a position in the 2015-2016 academic year, please see the application information.


Spring 2015 Visiting Scholars

Paulina Napierala

Paulina Napierala is an assistant professor at the Institute of American Studies and Polish Diaspora at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. As a Kosciuszko Foundation grantee at the Boisi Center, she is working on a book concerning the role of religion in the American public sphere. The book is designed to introduce Polish students to questions surrounding the relationship between church and state, religion and the public sphere, and religion and politics in the United States. It will present a history of religious pluralism, the development of American civil religion, an analysis of the role conservative and liberal churches intend to play in American politics, and the development of the American Religious Right. Napierala is also continuing her comparative studies concerning Polish and American Religious Right movements.

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Peter Terem

Peter Terem is a professor in and chair of the Department of International Relations and Diplomacy as well as Vice Dean for Science and Research at Matej Bel University in Baska Bystrica, Slovakia. While at the Boisi Center, his work will focus on the theoretical sources that have shaped American foreign and security policy, with special attention devoted to the understanding of the political and military role of nuclear weapons. Among other things, he hopes to better understand the potential and limitations of liberal and neoliberal approaches to American foreign and security policy. He would further like to become better acquainted with the quantitative approaches commonly used by American scholars in the field of International Relations. He expects this to aid his pedagogical work with students and ability to supervise theses and dissertations; to help him in his research regarding international relations with regard to the Slovak Republic; and to give him an expertise that will aid his work with Slovakian government ministries and European NGOs. Finally, he is prepared to offer to young American graduate students an opportunity to carry out research in Central Europe.

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For a list of past visiting scholars, click here.