Dias, who has previously been honored by the American Academy of Religion, was chosen for her scholarship, discipline of thought, originality and imagination. Those who nominated Dias described her work as “a combination of emotional generosity, deep curiosity, intellectual confidence and clear vision. She is inexhaustibly curious about the world in which she lives, reading and writing at the intersection of subjects few people have the breadth of knowledge to fathom.”
Established in 2014, the Hunt Prize commemorates the late Jesuit Father George Hunt, the longest-tenured editor-in-chief of America magazine. The Hunt Prize seeks to honor writers under the age of 50 who demonstrate integrity and the promise of future achievement in their work. Fr. Hunt’s engagement with a wide variety of topics and commitment to supporting the intellectual formation of Catholic young adults influenced the criteria for the prize.
Dias received a bachelor's degree from Wheaton College in 2008 and went on to Princeton Theological Seminary for a Master of Divinity degree. In 2014 she was named a Time magazine correspondent and was presented with the Supple Religious Feature Writer of the Year Award. Dias has been an active member in the Episcopal Church and in various media organizations throughout the years. She is also the editor of “.”
“Elizabeth Dias’ work makes the complicated world at the intersection of the religious and the political accessible to everyday readers,” said Jesuit Father Matt Malone, president and editor-in-chief of America Media. “Her clear prose and masterly handling of the issues leave her readers better informed and enlightened.”
Dias will formally receive the prize at the award ceremony at the Saint Thomas More Chapel and Center at Yale University in September. She will be awarded $25,000 and will deliver a lecture relating to her primary work, which will be featured as the cover story in a later issue of America. Dias is the second honoree; Philip J. Metres III, a professor of English at John Carroll University in Cleveland, won the inaugural prize last May. [Source: America Magazine]