Dr. Shively Smith (Fisk University '02) earned a Masters of Divinity at Emory University and a Masters of Theological studies from Columbia Theological Seminary. Smith was also awarded an international fellowship to study theology at Oxford University in England as an English-Speaking Union Luard Scholar. In 2002-03, Essence Magazine named her of "The Ten Most Incredible College Students" in the USA.
Dr. Smith completed her Ph.D. in New Testament Studies at Emory University as the first African American woman to receive a doctorate in the program. In October 2016 her first book, Strangers to Family: Diaspora and First Peter’s Invention of God’s Household, will be published. She is working on her second monograph and continues to do independent writing and blogging through her website: www.shivelysmith.com. Smith is Assistant Professor of New Testament at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C.
Edgar Sandoval (Dartmouth '14) is currently attending the University of Washington in the Geography PhD program. Edgar’s research examines how undocumented queer immigrants (UndocuQueers) create spaces for social and political identity formation and, consequently, the spatial practices of alliance building between environmental justice, faith, racial justice, and other movements.
Edgar recently presented a paper on UndocuQueers for a Sexuality and Space conference in San Francisco. He also participated in a paper session on the geographies of violence and the LGBT movement in Brazil. He works with undocumented students at the Leadership Without Borders Center. With support from the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships Program, Edgar plans on developing other methods for fieldwork and different ways for presenting ethnographic results.
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