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
- Videos of previous Fall Lectures Series lectures can be found on our news page
- Professor Heather Blair awarded New Frontiers in the Arts & Humanities grant
- Professor Candy Brown was keynote speaker at the "Religious Press and Print Culture" Conference at the Johannes-Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany, 11/19-22.
- Professors Heather Blair and David Haberman awarded research grants by the Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics, and Society (CSRES)
- Professor Constance Furey presented at the Lubar Institute conference, “Blurring the Boundaries? Mysterium Tremendum and Intimacy in Devotional Poetry”
Listen to Professor Candy Brown discuss conservative Christians' take on Halloween on Interfaith Voices
Professor Lisa Sideris awarded Beth Wood Distinguished Service-Learning Faculty Award
- Michael Ing awarded grant by the Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation
The Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics, and Society(CSRES)
- Professor Heather Blair awarded 2014 Trustees Teaching Award
- Professor Constance Furey receives 2014 James P. Holland Award for Exemplary Teaching and Service to Students
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- Congratualtions to our fall graduates
- PhD candidate Andrew Monteith awarded Devonia and Steve Stein fellowship for the Study of American Religions
- Hannah Murray awarded a $500 Mary Jo Weaver Undergraduate Scholarship.
- Indiana University Team wins Regional Ethics Bowl
With Religious Studies major Rafal Swiatkowski and graduate student Joe Bartzel
- Alumn Nancy Hiller shares her story.
- Ph. D. Candidate Travis Cooper's Essay "Serpents, Novelty, and Academic Fetish" was just published in the Bulletin for the Study of Religion
- Congratulations to Shelby Everett who was awarded the 2013-2014 Excellence in Service-Learning Student Award!
- Ashlee Andrews and Kristin Francoeur awarded travel grants
- Congratulations to Kristin Francoeur who received a 2014 Mellon Innovating International Research, Teaching, and Collaboration award.
Real and Imagined
Heather Blair, Harvard University Press, 2015
Shaul Magid, Stanford University Press, 2014
A Ministry of Presence
Winnifred Sullivan, University of Chicago Press, 2014
Thinking Orthodox in Modern Russia: Culture, History, Context
Patrick Michelson, University of Wisconsin Press, 2014
The Healing Gods
Candy Gunther Brown, Oxford University Press, 2013
- Eusebius of Caesarea:
Tradition and Innovations
Jeremy Schott, Harvard University Press, 2013