Faculty Accomplishments from Spring and Summer 2021

Miranda Schonbrun

BCSR is proud to share a sample of recent accomplishments, publications, awards, and news from affiliated faculty. Please join us in congratulating our affiliated faculty members Diliana Angelova, Robert Braun, Ethan Katz, Henrike Lange, Robert Sharf, and Ronit Stahl on these accomplishments!

Diliana Angelova taught an undergraduate seminar during the spring 2021 semester, HIST 103 Well-behaved Women, which resulted in the curation of an online exhibitRediscovering Ancient Women: Fragments of Their Lives from the Mediterranean Collections at the Hearst Museum of Anthropology features objects that testify to the work and religious roles of ordinary women, the privileges of wealthy matrons in life and death, widespread ideas about femininity, the symbolic power of queens and empresses, and the enduring allure of the female form and face.

Diliana Angelova also recently received a Townsend Fellowship for 2021–2022, and a Project Grant from Dumbarton Oaks to complete a digital catalogue of Byzantine secular ivories.

Additionally, Diliana Angelova published the article “Constantine’s Radiate Statue and the Founding of Constantinople,” Studies in Late Antiquity 5, no.3 (Fall 2021): 292–360. https://doi.org/10.1525/sla.2021.5.3.292.

Robert Braun recently published “Religious Dominance and Empathy: Catholic Antisemitism in the Low Countries,” Theory and Society 49 (2020): 387–415. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11186-020-09378-1.

Additionally, Braun’s book Protectors of Pluralism: Christian Protection of Jews in the Low Countries (Cambridge University Press) recently received multiple awards including the:

  • 2020 Gregory Luebbert Best Book Award, Best Book in Comparative Politics Published the Previous 2 years, American Political Science Association (Honorable Mention).
  • 2020 Barrington Moore Best Book Award, Comparative and Historical Sociology Section, American Sociological Association (Co-Winner).
  • 2020 Charles Tilly Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Book Award, Collective Behavior and Social Movements Section, American Sociological Association (Co-Winner).
  • 2020 Best Book Award, European Politics and Society Section, American Political Science Association (Co-Winner).
  • 2020 Peace, War and Social Conflict Section’s Outstanding Book Award, Section of Peace, War and Social Conflict Section, American Sociological Association.
  • 2020 Gordon Hirabayashi Book Award, Sociology of Human Rights Section, American Sociological Association.
  • 2020 Outstanding Published Book Award, Section on Altruism, Morality and Social Solidarity, American Sociological Association.
  • 2019 Best Publication Award, European Academy of Sociology.


Ethan Katz’s article “Jewish Citizens of an Imperial Nation-State: Toward a French-Algerian Frame for French Jewish History” (French Historical Studies, 2020) was awarded an Honorable Mention for the 2021 William Koren, Jr. Prize from the Society for French Historical Studies.

Full citation: “Jewish Citizens of an Imperial Nation-State: Toward a French-Algerian Frame for French Jewish History,” French Historical Studies 43, no. 1 (February 1, 2020): 63–84. https://doi.org/10.1215/00161071-7920464.

Henrike Lange recently published three works related to religious studies, including:

  • “Relief Effects in Donatello and Mantegna” in The Art of Sculpture in Fifteenth-Century Italy (Cambridge University Press)
  • “Portraiture, Projection, Perfection: The Multiple Effigies of Enrico Scrovegni” in Picturing Death 1200–1600 (Brill)
  • “Cimabue’s True Crosses in Arezzo & Florence” in Material Christianity: Western Religion and the Agency of Things (Springer), co-edited by BCSR affiliates Christopher Ocker and Susanna Elm

She has forthcoming publications including:

  • Giotto’s Arena Chapel and the Triumph of Humility (Cambridge University Press, 2022)
  • “A Roman Triumph in Padua: Giotto’s Arena Chapel and the Metaphysics of Triumphal Arches,” I Tatti Studies in Italian Renaissance History, Harvard Renaissance Studies 25, no. 1 (spring 2022)

Henrike Lange was also recently involved in several workshops and lectures, including:

  • Invited lecture “Finer Optics: Giotto and Dante seen through the Victorian Eye,” Prytanean Faculty Award Ceremony 2020 with Chancellor Carol Christ, Berkeley, California, November 23, 2020
  • Invited lecture “Three Christmas Carols: Giotto, Dante, Dickens (or, the Ghosts of 1300, 1842, 1948, and 2020),” UC Italian Section, Berkeley, California, January 14, 2021
  • Invited lecture “Dante’s and Giotto’s COVID Remedies: 700 years of the Divine Comedy& Giotto’s Triumph of Hope in the Arena Chapel,” Discover Cal Lecture Series: Innovations in the Arts and Humanities, Berkeley, California, February 24, 2021
  • Invited lecture “The Interdisciplinary Curriculum: Seven Centuries with Dante & Giotto (or, Magister Giottus and Dante Alighieri as Berkeley Students),” Prytanean Honor Society’s Annual Meeting 2021, May 1, 2021
  • Participation in a workshop on Dante scholarship in the US “Themes, traditions, and cultures in Dante / Temi, tradizioni e culture nelle opere di Dante,” Rome (Notre Dame Global Gateway), spring 2021
  • Co-hosting an interdisciplinary science, arts, and humanities authors’ workshop with scientists, scholars, and theologians from Oxford, Cambridge, York, Durham, Lincoln, Würzburg, Harvard, NYU, et al., “Eclipses: Cross-Disciplinary Paradigms & Perspectives,” June 21, 2021


Robert Sharf recently coauthored the book What Can’t be Said: Paradox and Contradiction in East Asian Thought (Oxford University Press).

Ronit Stahl was selected as a Greenwall Foundation Faculty Scholar for 2021–24 to focus on a project on religious hospitals and conscience rights in the United States.

We collect submissions for the Faculty Accomplishments articles year round. If you are a BCSR affiliated faculty member and have any publications, awards, opinion pieces, conferences or events you were involved in, or have any other news that you would like to share with the BCSR community, please send us the details at info.bcsr@berkeley.edu.