Pitzer Spotlights

2004-2005 Spotlight Archives

Cass Fisher '92, Winner of 2004 Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship

Cass Fisher '92Cass Fisher, a 1992 graduate of Pitzer College, has been awarded a prestigious Charlotte W. Newcombe Fellowship through the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. Fisher, a doctoral candidate at the University of Chicago, is in the final year of research on his dissertation, “Claiming God: Theological Predication and its Limits in the Mekhilta, the Zohar, and the Star of Redemption.”

Fisher is among 28 recipients at 15 institutions nationwide. The fellowships are awarded to candidates whose work focuses on ethical and religious values. This year’s dissertations address a range of issues, such as American Pentecostalism, Tibetan non-violence, ethics of French Renaissance poetry and child-saving in early industrial Japan.

The Newcombe Fellowships, created in 1981, have supported more than 800 doctoral candidates in the humanities and social sciences, many of which are now noted faculty at colleges and universities throughout the U.S. and abroad.