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
CSRES presents April 24, 3:00Sarah Fredericks
"The Internet as Space of Confession of and Forgiveness for Climate Sins"
Poynter Center, 618 E. Third St
April 30, 12:00 p.m.Stephen Selka
"Mapping the Moral in African Diaspora Tourism in Brazil"
IUPUI University Library 4115P
755 West Michigan Street, Indianapolis
- Videos of previous Fall Lectures Series lectures can be found on our news page
- Professors Nur Amali Ibrahim and Kevin Jaques write for the CSRES forum "What is the role of religion scholars in discussing the Charlie Hebdo attack?"
- CSRES Symposium
"Wonder and the Natural World"
registration now open.
Find more information here
- Religous Studies adjunct Jamsheed Choksy honored as a “distinguished professor” by IU.
Eva Mroczek was awarded two fellowship for work on her second book The Other David
- Professor Candy Brown awarded the 2014 Jane Dempsey Douglass Prize.
- Professors Stephen Selka and Jeremy Schott awarded CAHI grants
The Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics, and Society(CSRES)
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- Help support continued excellence in our department
- Religious Studies Graduate Conference
April 17-18, 2015.
"Religion, Conflict, and Boundary Maintenance"
Dr. Sean McLoud
“The Impurities of Purification: Marking Boundaries and Demonizing the Other in Third Wave Spiritual Warfare”
Find full information here.
- Congratulations to our latest PhD, Faraz Sheikh. His research looks at the work of the early Muslim thinker, al-Muhasibi.
- PhD Candidate Dana Logan awarded Devonia and Steve Stein Fellowship for the Study of American Religions
- PhD Candidate Christine Libby was awarded a College of Arts and Sciences Dissertation Completion Fellowship for 2105-16.
- IU Ethics Bowl Team Semifinalists in National Competition
- Undergrads Hannah Murray and Olivia DeClark participated in a conference related to Margaret Atwood's visit to IU
- Coleen Leahy shares her story.
Rabbis, Sorcerers, Kings, and Priests
Jason Mokhtarian, University of California Press, forthcoming July 2015
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