The Department of Religious Studies at Indiana University is a premier venue for re-imagining the academic study of religion.
We produce innovative, interdisciplinary research that pushes the boundaries of the field. Our faculty study error and love and book cultures, healing, wonder, and failure, empires, tourists and trees, mountains, magic, and protest—studying religion as a global phenomenon from antiquity through the contemporary world.
Internationally recognized faculty strengths include religions of Asia, religion in the Americas, the history of Christianity, Islamic studies, religions of the Ancient Mediterranean, modern Judaism, and ethics, law, and the environment.
Graduate students become original researchers poised to contribute to their own fields and confident teachers and colleagues prepared to cross disciplinary boundaries. They join a vibrant community of intellectual exchange, benefitting from the individualized curriculum and personal attention of a small program combined with the resources and interdisciplinary possibilities of a large university.
Undergraduate majors and minors become informed, thoughtful citizens of a pluralistic society. They are prepared to understand religion as a key player in culture and politics and to engage more critically and generously with the world around them. In our undergraduate courses, students think about religion and its connections with popular culture, global affairs, social issues, ethics, and philosophical questions. Religious Studies majors have found the critical thinking skills and global awareness they learned to be useful in careers and post-graduate programs in law, medicine, education, business, and non-profit organizations. <<- hide
- CFP for the 2017 Midwest Conference on Chinese Thought
- Professor Emeritus Stephen Stein comments on the death of one of the last shakers in the NYT
- Professor Sarah Imhoff wins Wasserman Prize Honorable Mention
- Professor Shaul Magid on the future of Judaism in America on Judaism Unbound Podcast
- Professor Sonia Velazquez studies stories of beauty to celebrate the humanities
- Professor Constance Furey's article in the Immanent Frame, "Calvin’s questions: A response to Jonathan Sheehan"
- Winnifred Sullivan considers teaching religion in The Immanent Frame "Teaching religion: Refusing the Schempp myth of origins"
- Professor Cooper Harris reflects on Muhammad Ali "Taking Exception: How Muhammad Ali Transformed American Religion"
- Professor Candy Brown appeared in the National Geographic Channel's The Story of God
- Professor Patrick Michelson is awarded IU Trustees Teaching Award
- Professor Richard Nance speaks about the growth of Buddhism In U.S.
- Professor Winnifred Sullivan discusses how role of chaplains in the US developed alongside thoughts on the First Amendment.
- Professor Sonia Velázquez presented at "Happy in the Life to come": 400 Years of Cervantine Afterlives
- Listen to Professor Heather Blair talk about her book Real and Imagined
- Professor Cooper Harris is interviewed on WFHB about Zora Neale Hurston
The Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics, and Society(CSRES)
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- Religious Studies Undergraduate Student Symposium
Abstracts due December 12, 2016
Call For PapersReligious Studies Graduate Student Conference
Presence and Absence
Abstracts due December 31, 2016
- Andrew Monteith & alum Will Smith are in the current issue of JAAR (Journal of the American Academy of Religion)
- Stein Fellowship applications now being accepted. Deadline February 17, 2017
- Indiana University Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl is going to nationals!
- PhD student Nicolò Sassi is published in Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies
- Jacob Boss reflects on bringing Jane Ward to campus
- Congratulations to our own Sarah Biggs for being elected to Phi Beta Kappa!
Submissions being accepted for the new Undergraduate journal Invocations
All are welcome
- Graduate student Rowena Galavitz has a blog covering Renaissance Perspectives. Check it out!
Constance Furey, University of Chicago Press, 2017
Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Theology
Cooper Harriss, NYU Press, 2016
edited by Candy Gunther Brown and Mark Silk, Columbia University Press, 2016
Politics of Religious Freedom
Winnifred Sullivan, University of Chicago Press, 2015