Do young adults “outgrow” religion? The Sinai and Synapses Fellows’ personal stories add nuance to this claim.
Laura Donnelly is the Project Manager for a research grant on Human Flourishing and Critical Realism in Social Science at Yale University under the direction of Professor Philip Gorski. Coming from Belfast, Northern Ireland, Laura moved to Scotland to study systematic theology and classical philosophy at the University of St Andrews. She then earned graduate degrees from Emory University and Yale University in theology, ethics, and Islamic studies. Her research interests are primarily concerned with the big questions confronting contemporary societies, questions concerning the social preconditions of human flourishing, justice, freedom, and values. In her current role, Laura combines her expertise in managing large research grants and program development with her research interests from an interdisciplinary and critical realist perspective by working with social scientists, theologians, anthropologists, and philosophers.