Winnifred Fallers Sullivan, an associate professor of law in the UB Law School whose research on the intersection of religion and law has earned international recognition, has been named a fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation, one of the top academic honors available to researchers and academics of all disciplines.
Sullivan, director of UB’s Law and Religion Program, also has been invited to be a member of the internationally respected Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, where she will spend the 2010-11 academic year.
In addition, she has been awarded a fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies, making her the recipient of three of the most prestigious honors in American higher education.
Sullivan’s work has been called “provocative, engaging, valuable” by one peer reviewer. Another called her work on the difficulty and ambiguity when law and religion meet “elegant, moving, uncompromising and profoundly important.”
“Drawing on her expertise in law and religion, Sullivan argues that religious freedom in America is impossible,” wrote one reviewer. “She succeeds in arguing that religious freedoms are not as free as one might think.”
Sullivan’s research focuses on the areas where religion and law shape one another in the modern period. In her latest book, “Prison Religion: Faith-based Reform and the Constitution,” released in 2009 by Princeton University Press, Sullivan looks at “faith-based” prison programs in light of recent changes in constitutional law with respect to religion.