Lilly Postdoctoral Fellows
2013-2015 Lilly Fellows
Ian Claussen Ian Clausen graduated summa cum laude from the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) with a B.A. in English and religious studies. He was awarded the British Marshall scholarship for postgraduate education at the University of Edinburgh, where he received a Masters in Theology, and is currently completing his PhD in Theology and Ethics. His thesis, “The Weight of Love in St. Augustine,” explores themes of moral theology and psychology in the thought of the Bishop of Hippo, giving particular attention to Augustine’s Christian philosophy of education. Clausen’s teaching and research interests span all aspects of Augustine’s thought and legacy, as well as contemporary ethical challenges related to technology, politics, and communications.
Katherine Kennedy Steiner Katherine Kennedy Steiner holds a BMus from Wheaton College and an MAR in Liturgical Studies from Yale Divinity School. She is completing her PhD in musicology at Princeton University and is a research visitor in the Medieval Institute at the University of Notre Dame. Her dissertation, “Polyphony and Liturgy for the Céli Dé of Medieval St Andrews” is a bibliographic and liturgical examination of a collection of polyphonic music for the mass and office. In it she uncovers the political and ideological struggles between the clergy at the cathedral of St Andrews, expressed in the new and rare liturgical music gathered for the bishop’s clerks. Steiner’s research interests extend from medieval music and liturgy to film music, including multimedia, ritual, and communal practice.
2014-2016 Lilly Fellows 
Jennifer Illig

Jennifer Illig graduated as valedictorian from Molloy College with a BA in theology and English and a minor in history. She went on to earn an MA in Theology from Fordham University. She is currently completing her doctorate at Fordham with her dissertation, “Through a Lens of Likeness: Reading English Wycliffite Sermons in Light of Contemporary Sermon Texts.” In it, she argues that the English Wycliffite Sermons, which were written by dissenters in late medieval England, are best understood in the context of late medieval liturgical cycles and preaching. Illig’s teaching and research interests include medieval theology, history, preaching, and heresy. In addition, she is interested in monasticism in both its historical and contemporary forms.

Joshua Kercsmar

Joshua Kercsmar earned his BA in theology from Wheaton College, a MDiv (summa cum laude) from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and a ThM in American Religious History from Harvard Divinity School. He is currently completing his PhD in US History at the University of Notre Dame. His dissertation explores how Britons used their experiences raising five prolific animals—cows, sheep, horses, pigs, and dogs—to understand, implement, and question the enslavement of humans in American between 1550 and 1815. Kercsmar’s teaching and research interests span early America, environmental history, the history of slavery, religious history, and human-animal interactions.

Kenny Pearce


Kenneth Pearce received his BA in philosophy and classical studies and BAS in computer science from the University of Pennsylvania. His honors thesis in philosophy, “The Semantics of Sense Perception in Berkeley,” was later published in Religious Studies. He received his PhD in philosophy from the University of South Carolina in May of 2014. His dissertation, Language and the Structure of Berkeley’s World, explores the relationship between metaphysics and philosophy of language in relationship between metaphysics, theology, and philosophy of science in 17th and 18th century European thought. He has also published articles in contemporary analytic philosophy of religion, and has broad teaching interests in analytic philosophy and the history of Western philosophy and science.

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