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Ed Hahnenberg, Ph.D., is the Jack and Mary Jane Breen Chair in Catholic Systemic Theology, has received a fellowship to support research in summer 2015.  Awarded on a competitive basis, the fellowship provides a stipend for a summer research project, with the expectation of submission to a high-quality academic journal or equivalent standard of intellectual contribution. Dr. Hahnenberg will write an article that advances a new methodological paradigm for the theological study of church by bringing into dialogue the work of select social scientists and recent studies of popular religion by Latino theologians. “A Case for Ethnography: Qualitative Research and the Theological Study of Church” argues that Catholic Systematic Theology – long a historically- and philosophically-oriented discipline – demands greater use of qualitative methodologies to speak more credibly about the lived experience of faith.