Dr. Sarah Gershon
Director of Graduate Studies

Dr. Sarah Gershon Wins Prestigious Jelen Award

Posted On March 3, 2017
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The Inaugural Ted G. Jelen Award Goes to…Associate Professor Sarah Allen Gershon, Director of Graduate Studies in Political Science at Georgia State University; Assistant Professor J. Benjamin Taylor, GSU alumni who now is an assistant professor at UNC-Wilmington; and Adrian D. Pantoja.

The award recognizes the best paper published in politics and religion in 2016. The winner is “God in the Barrio?: The Determinants of Religiosity and Civic Engagement among Latinos in the United States.”

“Our paper challenges the conventional wisdom that religious engagement is tightly tied to political activity, finding that the tether weakens across the generations of Latinos in the U.S.,” said Dr. Gershon.

The piece also demonstrates that Latinos are secularizing along with other Americans, but are able to conclude that a vibrant public sphere does not have to suffer as a result.

“We had a wealth of articles from which to choose the inaugural award winner and it was difficult to settle on just one,” said Paul A. Djupe, who served on the selection committee.

Read the abstract here: “God in the Barrio?: The Determinants of Religiosity and Civic Engagement among Latinos in the United States.” Politics & Religion 9(1): 84-1

Read more about the Ted Jelen and the award here.