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
- October 27, 4:00pm
For Love of the Prophet:
The Art of Islamic State-Making in Sudan
Hoagy Carmichael Room, Morrison Hall
- October 21
IU Renaissance Studies program
“What Was Beauty?”
- 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 Cooper Harriss selected as a Young Scholar in American Religion
- Professor Sonia Velázquez presented at "Happy in the Life to come": 400 Years of Cervantine Afterlives
- Professor Candy Brown named President-Elect of the American Society of Church History
- Professor Winnifred Sullivan wins grant by Luce Foundation to study "The Politics of Religion At Home and Abroad"
- Professor Sarah Imhoff awarded New Frontiers Grant
- Professor Jason Mokhtarian finalist for 2015 Jewish Book Award
- Listen to Professor Heather Blair talk about her book Real and Imagined
- Professor Cooper Harris is interviewed on WFHB about Zora Neale Hurston
- Professor Lisa Sideris featured in special issue of The Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture
The Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics, and Society(CSRES)
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- Help support continued excellence in our department
- Mary Jo Weaver Undergraduate Scholarship
5pm Friday, October 14
- October 17, 6pm
Sycamore Hall 137
- October 17, 7pm
IU Ethics Bowl discussion
IMU Dogwood Room
"What values shoud guide American working life?"
- October 24, 6pm
URSA and GRSA video screening and discussion
Sycamore Hall 137
- Congratulations to Christina Libby on her successful defense of her dissertation "Mystic Assemblages and the Translation of Affect"
- Graduate student Rowena Galavitz has a blog covering Renaissance Perspectives. Check it out!
- Recent grad Annie Brackemyre reflects on her time studying HIV/AIDS in Uganda
- Undergrad John Holt seranades at Student Recognition Day
- Congratulations to Abby Kulisz, who won Outstanding Graduate Student Essay Prize at NAPS, for her paper "Identity and Ambiguity in Christian-Muslim Exchanges on the Trinity."
- Congratulations to our very own Daniel Marsh for being elected to Phi Beta Kappa this year!
Submissions being accepted for the new Undergraduate journal Invocations
All are welcome
- The Department of Religious Studies turns 50!
edited by Candy Gunther Brown and Mark Silk, Columbia University Press, 2016
Politics of Religious Freedom
Winnifred Sullivan, University of Chicago Press, 2015
Jeremy Schott, Liverpool University Press, 2015
Finalist, National Jewish Book AwardRabbis, Sorcerers, Kings, and Priests Jason Mokhtarian, University of California Press, forthcoming July 2015