Trinity College

Renewed Graduate Teaching Fellowship and Other Awards for PhD Candidate Katherine Karam McCray

Congratulations to Katherine (Kate) Karam McCray, who was recently awarded the competitive Louisville Institute Dissertation Fellowship. Kate's dissertation investigates how the development of individual autonomy in early modern Christianity disenfranchised persons with disabilities, and presents alternative models for autonomy from Eastern Orthodox anthropology. The Louisville Institute Dissertation Fellowship includes a grant and inclusion in a fellows workshop, as well as other fellows events during the 2022-23 academic year.

Kate, who is a PhD candidate in theological studies and Christian ethics at St Michael's College, was awarded the Orthodox School of Theology at Trinity College's inaugural Orthodox Graduate Teaching Fellowship last May, an appointment which enabled her to teach and supervise a major component of our summer 2021 course, The Human Person in Orthodox Tradition (TRP2172). Students really appreciated and benefited from her wisdom and experience especially in bringing an Orthodox theological perspective to crucial areas like disability studies and trauma theory. This summer, with a renewal of that Graduate Teaching Fellowship, Kate is co-teaching the summer course, The Church of the Margins (TRP2661).

Kate's groundbreaking theological work has also recently been supported by the Fordham National Endowment for the Humanities dissertation completion award for 2022-23. In addition to her busy academic work, Kate also serves as a member of the Task Force for Mental Health commissioned by the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the US.