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Oluwatomisin Olayinka Oredein Named Inaugural Recipient of First-Time Author Award

Oluwatomisin Olayinka Oredein was named the inaugural recipient of the Notre Dame Press First-Time Author Award for her forthcoming book, The Theology of Mercy Amba Oduyoye: Ecumenism, Feminism, and Communal Practice.

The book offers an in-depth analysis of the life and work of African theologian Mercy Amba Oduyoye, one of the most important African theologians of our time. It is the second book in the Notre Dame Studies in African Theology series.

“We are thrilled to announce Professor Oredein as our inaugural winner of the First-Time Author Award,” said Michelle Sybert, Assistant Director of Notre Dame Press. “Her exploration of Oduyoye’s life and lasting theological legacy is the perfect example of the impact that an early-career scholar can have on her field.”

Oluwatomisin Olayinka Oredein is an assistant professor in Black religious traditions, constructive theology, and ethics at Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University. She also serves as Director of the Black Church Studies Program.

To affirm their commitment to early-career scholars, the University of Notre Dame Press will recognize a promising scholar each year with this award, which includes an honorarium to support the first-time author’s research, professional development, or promotion of their book and a subsidy to underwrite the press’s costs in producing and promoting the work.

First-time academic authors typically lack the funding and support provided to tenured faculty and do not have an established audience, making outreach and advertising more difficult. The First-Time Author Award is made possible thanks to the generous donations of Notre Dame Press readers, authors, and staff.



For more information, contact: Michelle Sybert, msybert@nd.edu, 574.631.4910.

Gifts to the First-Time Author Fund promote fresh and exciting ideas in the academic community and help propel new scholars forward in their career. Learn how to support early-career scholars here

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