Mike Nilon

Gregory L. and Nancy H. Curl Jefferson Fellow
Gainesville, Florida
B.A. University of Florida (2001)
M.Div. Harvard University (2010)
Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
Religious Studies


Michael Nilon is a Ph.D. candidate in religious studies at the University of Virginia where he is studying the intersection of hospital chaplaincy and contemplative practices in medical settings. He is conducting field research in Jacksonville, FL until the spring of 2019. Michael was a co-organizer, with Alex Christie of the McIntire Department of Music, of the Forum for Interdisciplinary Dialogue (FID), “Interdisciplinary Approaches to Justice for the Incarcerated,” that took place at the Jefferson Scholars Foundation on October 5th, 2018. Michael received his B.A. in English from the University of Florida and his M.Div. from Harvard University.

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