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Daniel Winchester, Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellow, 2010-11

Daniel Winchester (Department of Sociology, CLA)

Project: “Between East and West: The Process and Politics of Conversion to Eastern Orthodoxy in the U.S.”

Mentor: Jeanne Kilde (Program in Religious Studies, CLA)

Winchester used his fellowship year to engage in intensive ethnographic field research among Eastern Orthodox communities in the Twin Cities. He observed and participated in over one hundred Orthodox religious services and completed over fifty in-depth interviews with members of these communities. More importantly, the constant interaction with other IAS fellows allowed him to avoid research “tunnel vision” so that he was “always thinking about my research while doing it, keeping the intellectual, methodological, and practical pieces of my project in constant dialogue.”

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