Senior Scholar Award

Inaugural Boniuk Institute Senior Scholar Award

In the spring of 2024, the Boniuk Institute will launch its inaugural Senior Scholar Award initiative. Senior Scholar awardees are those who have made outstanding scholarly contributions to the public understanding of religion broadly as well as pluralism and tolerance. Annual award winners will be invited to the Boniuk Institute where they will participate in a variety of Institute programs as well as give a public lecture followed by a reception in their honor.


2024 Boniuk Institute Senior Scholar

Marla FrederickIt is with great enthusiasm that we announce Dr. Marla F. Frederick, the Dean of the Harvard Divinity School as the inaugural recipient of the Boniuk Institute Senior Scholar Award. 

We recognize Dr. Frederick for her excellence in scholarship, widening leadership and service role with the decanal appointment at Harvard and as past president of the American Academy of Religion. A leading ethnographer, she employs an interdisciplinary approach to examine the overlapping spheres of religion, race, gender, media, politics, and economics. Her teaching interests encompass the anthropology of religion and the African American religious experience, and her ongoing research interests include the study of religion and media, religion and economics, and the sustainability of Black institutions in a "post-racial" world.

Award Ceremony, Lecture and Reception

7:00pm - March 28, 2024

The Boniuk Institute will honor Dr. Marla F. Frederick, Dean of the Harvard Divinity School with its inaugural Senior Scholar Award on March 28, 2024. Following the award ceremony, Dr. Frederick will give a public lecture, followed by a celebratory reception in her honor. Please join us as we recognize Dr. Frederick for her numerous achievements in scholarship and her leadership roles.

Register to attend this event