BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Winnifred Fallers Sullivan, associate professor
of law at the University at Buffalo Law School, whose research on
the intersection of religion and law has earned international
recognition, has been named a fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation,
one of the top academic honors available to researchers and
academics of all disciplines.
Sullivan, director of UB's Law and Religion program, has been
invited to be a member of the internationally respected Institute
for Advanced Study in Princeton, where she will spend the 2010-11
academic year. Sullivan also has been awarded a fellowship from the
American Council of Learned Societies, making her the recipient of
three of the most prestigious honors in American higher
Sullivan's previous work has been called "provocative, engaging,
valuable" by one peer reviewer. Another called her work on the
difficulty and ambiguity when law and religion meet "elegant,
moving, uncompromising and profoundly important."
"Drawing on her expertise in law and religion, Sullivan argues
that religious freedom in America is impossible," wrote one
reviewer. "She succeeds in arguing that religious freedoms are not
as free as one might think."
Sullivan's research focuses on the areas where religion and law
shape one another in the modern period. In her latest book, "Prison
Religion: Faith-based Reform and the Constitution," released in
2009 by Princeton University Press, Sullivan looks at "faith-based"
prison programs in light of recent changes in constitutional law
with respect to religion.
"We are living in an interesting time in which to study
religion," Sullivan says. "After a long period in which it was
largely assumed by scholars at secular universities that
secularization was a necessary, inevitable and relatively
uninteresting byproduct of modernity, religion has become newly
salient, both as a political and social matter, and also as an
At Princeton, Sullivan will be working on her new book,
"Spiritual Governance: The New Religious Establishment," which will
describe U.S. legal regulation of religion in the context of the
private-public partnerships that establish chaplaincies.
The Guggenheim Fellowship grants provide support to exceptional
scholars, scientists and artists, giving them the opportunity to
work on projects with complete creative freedom anywhere in the
world. This year, the foundation selected 180 fellows from a group
of approximately 3,000 applicants from across North America.
The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation was established
in 1925 by former U.S. Sen. Simon Guggenheim and his wife in memory
of their son. The foundation supports individuals in the fields of
natural sciences, social sciences, humanities and creative