Gabriel Raeburn Receives Dissertation Grant

Gabriel Raeburn

Gabriel Raeburn, a Ph.D. candidate in the Departments of Religious Studies and History, was awarded the 2020 Dissertation Grant from the National Institute of Social Sciences.

Raeburn received the prestigious award for his proposal to research and complete his dissertation, “Preaching Prosperity: Pentecostals and the Transformation of American Evangelism.” He studies 20th-century U.S. religion and politics and the histories of race, inequality, and evangelicalism. Raeburn’s dissertation explores how Pentecostal evangelists created the “Prosperity Gospel” and used their growing influence to remake the American religious and political landscape.

The grant funds support research in two political and religious archives that help illuminate the relationship between Pentecostals and conservative politicians and strategists throughout the 1980s.

The National Institute of Social Sciences launched its Grants Program (originally called the Seed Grant Program) in 2011 to support outstanding graduate students in the social sciences. Through these grants, NISS recognizes and supports path-breaking research in multiple fields.

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