2008-2009 Award Winner
Jonathan Crane, a University of Toronto student
completing a PhD in Modern Jewish Thought, has been chosen for this year’s
Stewart Reid fellowship sponsored by CAUT.
Crane holds a BA, summa cum laude, from Wheaton College in Massachusetts, a master’s
degree in international peace studies from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana,
and a MPhil in Gandhian Thought from Gujarat Vidyapith in Ahmedabad, India. As a
Wexner Graduate Fellow, he received both rabbinic ordination and a Master of Arts
in Hebrew Letters from Hebrew Union College — Jewish Institute of Religion.
His doctoral dissertation develops a new method of understanding religious (specifically
Jewish) ethical discourse. Combining philosophy of theology with discourse analysis,
Crane says his study demonstrates both how religious ethicists argue and why they
argue as they do, and intends to contribute to fields that analyze the confluence
of law and ethics, the construction of religious norms and the role of religious
discourse in multicultural societies.
In conjunction with his academic work, Crane has presented at conferences and guest
lectured throughout the world on a diverse range of topics from Judaism, interfaith
relations, social justice, and Gandhian philosophy to euthanasia and war and peace.
He has written a book and two book chapters, and his research has appeared in several
peer-reviewed journals. He has received numerous awards and honours, including Connaught
and Ontario Graduate scholarships, as well as having won support from the Social
Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture,
the Centre for the Study of Religion and the Centre for Jewish Studies at the University
Crane was selected for the fellowship by a three-member application review committee,
which this year included Christine Storm, a former professor with Mount Allison
University’s psychology department, Françoise Naudillon, an assistant
professor of French at Concordia University, and Queen’s University biology
professor Ken Ko.
CAUT established the annual J.H. Stewart Reid Memorial Fellowship 40 years ago to
honour the memory of its first executive secretary. The program invites applications
from students of exceptional academic standing in doctoral programs at Canadian
universities. Stewart Reid Fellows receive $5,000 for one academic year of study.