The Moseley Prize

The Moseley Prizes, which were established by Thomas Moseley of Hyde Park in 1872, are awarded annually. Prizes will be awarded for substantial essays, term papers, or honors theses that take a scholarly approach to the study of religion. The approach may be historical, literary, philosophical or scientific, but the focus of the submission must be on a subject matter that falls within the purview of the field of Religious Studies (or a pattern of religious thought, sensibility, or conduct). Although the prizes are most often awarded to honors theses, relevant term papers and substantial essays written specifically for this competition will also be considered. 

Interested students are invited to consult Professor T. Jaffer, Chair of the Moseley Committee and Religion Department, for further information regarding this competition. Please submit two copies of your entry no later than noon on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 to the Religion Department Office in 108B Chapin Hall. 

The recipient(s) of the Moseley Prize for the year 2017 will be announced at Senior Assembly, Friday, April 28, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. in Johnson Chapel, Amherst College.

Winners of the Moseley Prize 2016

First Prize 

Gabriela Espinosa '16

“Amma:  The Hindu Hugging Saint Embodied Devotion, Transnational Belief, and the Creation of a Rose-Scented Ministry”

Second Prizes

Jacob Greenwald '16

“The Arab and Islamic Nation:  JRTN and the Sufi-Ba’thist Synthesis”

Robert Neel '16

“Stretching Hearts:  Understanding Sexuality Politics and Institutional Homophobia in the Anglo-Caribbean”