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CSUB Professor Tim Vivian Awarded Nelson R. Burr Prize

California State University, Bakersfield’s (CSUB) Dr. Tim Vivian, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies, is the recipient of the 2015 Nelson R. Burr Prize. He was awarded this prize by the Historical Society of the Episcopal Churches (HSEC) for his article “Wake the Devil from His Dream: Thomas Dudley, Quincy Ewing, Religion, and the ‘Race Problem’ in the Jim Crow South.” The article was published in the December 2014 issue of Anglican and Episcopal History.

The selection committee noted that the article “makes excellent use of primary and secondary sources to create two portraits in a landscape of racial division that we, sadly, still recognize today.”

Originally founded in Philadelphia in 1910 as the Church Historical Society before a name change in 1974, HSEC members include scholars, writers, teachers, ministers, and others with an interest in the objectives and activities of the Historical Society. The HSEC has been dedicated to preserving and disseminating information about the history of the Episcopal Church for more than a century.

The Burr prize honors the renowned scholar Nelson R. Burr, whose two-volume A Critical Bibliography of Religion in America and other works constitute landmark publications in the field of religious historiography. Each year, a committee of the Society selects the author of the most outstanding article in the Society’s journal, Anglican and Episcopal History, as the award’s recipient. The award also honors that work which best exemplifies excellence and innovative scholarship in the field of Anglican and Episcopal history. 

Dr. Vivian received a bachelor of arts in English and a master of arts in Comparative Literature from University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), a master of arts in American Literature at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and an interdisciplinary doctorate (Classics, History, and Religious Studies) at UCSB. Vivian is a dedicated scholar in the field of early Christianity, with an emphasis in Coptic Studies and early Christian Monasticism. He has taught at CSUB in a variety of capacities since 1990.

Serving as Priest-in-Charge at Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church in Bakersfield, he received his master of divinity from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific. He has also been a Henry R. Luce Post-Doctoral Fellow at Yale Divinity School.

Vivian has published 13 books, over 50 articles, and over 100 book reviews in a wide variety of scholarly publications. His scholarship is also based on substantial archeological fieldwork. He has participated in two excavations in Egypt, serving as a director and faculty member at the excavation of the monastery of John Kolobos. He serves as project historian for the team restoration and study of the 13th century wall paintings at the monastery of Saint Anthony in Egypt. 

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