Chester Ronning Centre for the Study of Religion and Public Life

Postdoctoral Fellow

The Centre employs a Postdoctoral Fellow to contribute to its International Fellows Program. The Fellow's primary task is to help organize a conference and to work toward publishing and disseminating research that emerges from the conference. In addition, the Postdoc works closely with the Centre's staff to organize public lectures, workshops, student discussion forums, and/or similar events that connect and engage interested persons from various arenas in the public sphere. For more information about the position, please refer to the 2020 Postdoc Fellow advertisement.

2018-19 Postdoctoral Fellow: Katharine Batlan, Ph.D. 

Katharine is a scholar of religion, specializing in American religions and politics. Her teaching and research engages questions of religious pluralism and religion's relationship with the state. She comes to the Ronning Centre after finishing her doctorate at the University of Texas at Austin. In addition to organizing the International Fellows conference and other Ronning Centre programming, she will be working on editing her first monograph, which analyzes the numerous attempts from 1863 to 1975 to add language about Jesus to the United States Constitution. These attempts failed, but they reveal the changing limits of Christian nation rhetoric and the boundaries of US national identity. She looks forward to facilitating conversations at the Ronning Centre about religion and law in both Canadian and US contexts.