Julian Cook is the school’s 18th FTE fellow since 2007.
The fellowship provides financial support for doctoral students of color through graduate school and into a vocation of teaching and scholarship.
As part of the fellowship award, Cook will also have the opportunity to attend FTE’s 2021 Virtual Forum for Theological Educators. In addition, FTE will provide opportunities for networking, professional development, vocational exploration and mentoring.
“We were elated to hear of Julian’s selection. It serves as an important recognition and celebration of Julian’s outstanding work, here at Drew and beyond,” said Meredith Hoxie Schol, director of doctoral studies at the Theological School. “We look forward to the ways Julian’s scholarship and professional life will be enriched by this incredible cohort of scholars of color and the mentorship that the FTE fellowship provides.”
“My research fuses the disciplines of ethics, history, gender studies and critical race theory to grapple with how the agency of Black joy, resistance and identities can be salvaged and harnessed as a source for constructing sustainable conceptions of human flourishing,” said Cook, whose work focuses on the intersections of Christian social ethics and African-American studies. “I explore how collectives should define and envision Black communal flourishing that avoids the extremes of ignoring or romanticizing the realities of Black social and physical death or elevating problematic constructions of Black communal crisis, pathology and victimhood.”
“FTE offers one of the most highly developed and selective fellowship programs for doctoral students in religion,” said Traci West, James W. Pearsall Professor of Christian Ethics and African American Studies and Cook’s advisor and mentor at Drew. “I am thrilled that Julian was chosen and that his interests in Christian social ethics and African-American studies will be vitally supported by the prestigious scholarly mentors and networks to which this fellowship will give him access.”
Since 2007, 18 Drew students have received 26 fellowships from FTE, with six earning more than one (see the full list below).
Lisa Asedillo Pratt
Lisa Asedillo Pratt
June Hee Yoon
Dong Hyeon Jeong