Edward Escalon, Jr., PhD student in the Department for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto, has received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program award to Honduras in Anthropology from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Edward will conduct research in collaboration with the Department of Social Sciences at the National Autonomous University of Honduras as part of a project that focuses on marginal youth in urban Tegucigalpa. Situated at the intersection of affect theory and the anthropology of Christianity, Edward’s project, From Mano Dura (Iron Fist) to Manos Cristianas (Christian Hands): Evangelical Christianity and Soft Security in Honduras, considers how Christian understandings of care and affection inform the work of evangelical ministries serving the city’s marginal youth.
Edward is one of over 1,900 U.S. citizens who will conduct research, teach English, and provide expertise abroad for the 2018-2019 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement as well as record of service and leadership potential in their respective fields.