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  • Dino Bozonelos, Dept. of Political Science & Dept. of Global Studies, California State University, San Marcos for his study "Purposive or Organic? Pilgrimages to Orthodox Monasteries in North America".  For the Orthodox, monasteries represent the opportunity for believers to answer their deep interior yearning for the Kingdom of God.  With seventy-nine monasteries located through the United States and Canada, the authenticity of monastic life, coupled with immersion into the community during their pilgrimage, allow pilgrims to deepen their connections to the Orthodox faith.  
  • Amanda L. Scott, Assistant Professor of Early Modern European History, Pennsylvania State University for her book Pilgrim, Pastor, Pauper, Spy: The Case of Pierre de Praxelier.  Her work examines the intersection of pilgrimage, poverty, illness, and crime along the border of Spain and France in the late 16th to mid-17th centuries.  Nearly continuous warfare, famine, displacement, and economic crises stemming from cataclysmic political realignment of European superpowers produced existential anxieties.  An unfortunate traveler Don Pierre de Praxelier, a sick priest, went on pilgrimage through Spain.  Arrested on charges of espionage in Navarre in 1636, he suffered from epilepsy and a failing memory.  Was he pilgrim, pauper, vagrant criminal? Remarkably complex forensic technologies tell his story.


  • Jonathan Pitts, Associate Professor of English, Ohio Northern University, for his project "Writing Pilgrimage: Pragmatist Aesthetics and National Reconciliation on the John Muir Trail."  His work contributes to the sustained study of the transformative power of philosopher John Dewey’s aesthetics as a framework for the experiential study of pilgrimage in America.  


  • Patxi Pérez Ramallo, Max-Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Department of Archaeology, for research that takes a multi-proxy bioarchaeological approach to understanding how cultural practices change during the Middle Ages along the northen routes of the Camino de Santiago in Spain.
  • Susan Dunn-Hensley, Wheaton College, Department of English and Sharenda Barlar, Wheaton College, Spanish, for their project examining medieval pilgrimage networks connecting Spain and the British Isles and the resurgence of modern pilgrimage.  Their work explores the revival of pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela and to the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham. 
  •  Adfer Rashid Shah, Jamia Millia Islamia, Central University, New Delhi, India, for his qualitative study of "The Amarnath Yatra in Kashmir Valley: understanding pilgrimage in a Conflict Zone from the stakholder’s views and experiences."
  • Antonella Palumbo, Ph.D. in Languages, Literatures and Cultures from the School of Advanced Studies at the Unviversity “G. d’Annunxio” Chieti Pescara in Italy, for her examination of the influence of shrines to St. James and veneration of St. Michael the Archangel: their historical and anthropological connections to towns along the tratturi in central and southern Italy.




  • Kathryn Barush, Assistant Professor of Art History and Religion, Graduate Theological Union and Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara for her work on Imaging Pilgrimage.  Art as Embodied Experience (Boomsbury, 2021).
  • Maryjane Dunn, Assistant Professor of Spanish, Henderson State University and Lynn Talbot, Professor of Spanish, Roanoke College, for their proposal Reading the Camino: Creating a web-based database of texts relating to the Camino de Santiago.
  • Mary Ann Eaverly, Professor, Department of Classics, University of Florida, for her project, Parthenon, Pilgrimage, and Panathenaia: A Re-examination of Archaic Greek Votive Statues.