Catherine A. Brekus, Professor of Religions in America and the History of Christianity at the Divinity School, has been awarded the 2013 John Wesley Honors College of Indiana Wesleyan University’s Aldersgate Prize for her book Sarah Osborn’s World: The Rise of Evangelical Christianity In Early America (Yale University Press, 2013).
The Aldersgate Prize for Christian Scholarship recognizes a published book’s ability to reflect the highest ideas of Christian scholarship, demonstrating how rigorous Christian thought is brought to bear on scholarly engagement.
Professor Brekus, a scholar and teacher of American religious history, is the author of Strangers and Pilgrims: Female Preaching in America, 1740 – 1845, which won the Frank and Elizabeth Brewer Prize (for the best first book on the history of Christianity) from The American Society of Church History, and Sarah Osborn's World: The Rise of Evangelical Christianity in Early America, a book about the early evangelical movement based on an eighteenth-century woman's manuscript diaries. She is also the editor of The Religious History of American Women: Reimagining the Past, a collection of essays that asks how women's history changes our understanding of American religion, and the coeditor (with W. Clark Gilpin) of American Christianities: A History of Dominance and Diversity, an introduction to the multiple forms of Christian expression in the United States. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Henry Luce III Faculty Fellowship in Theology and a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship.