We are pleased to announce that the American Academy of Religion has awarded Evan Berry, author of Devoted to Nature, with the first AAR-Luce Fellowship in Religion and International Affairs.


Dr. Berry was selected through a rigorous peer-review process by a diverse panel of senior scholars of religion. This fellowship will fund Dr. Berry’s work at the Office of Religion and Global Affairs as a Franklin Fellow at the US Department of State.

“The AAR‑Luce Fellows Program aims to facilitate lines of communication so that scholarship and critical, analytical perspectives are more readily accessible to policymakers attempting to address issues in parts of the world where the role of religion may be unclear,” said AAR Executive Director Jack Fitzmier. “We want scholars to have the opportunity to affect policy and learn how foreign policy is developed.”

Read more about the AAR-Luce Fellowship at AAR’s website. We give our congratulations to Evan Berry for this honor!