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
- here for full details of our upcoming alumni weekend celebration October 16-17, 2015.
- Professor Winnifred Sullivan wins AAR Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion: Analytical-Descriptive Studies
- Read professor Winifred Sullivan and grad student Jacob Boss' responses to the Indiana Religious Freedom Act debate in the CSRES Forum
- Professor Aaron Stalnaker awarded Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation Scholar Grant
- Professor Michael Ing Named Scholar with "Enhancing Life" Project
- Professor Jeremy Schott awarded Travel Grant
- Professor Lisa Sideris wins Sustainability Course Development Fellowship
- Jason Moktarian, Heather Blair, and Sarah Imhoff are involved with the 2015-2017 "World Religions in Greater Indianapolis" NEH Program
- Professors Rebecca Manring and Constance Furey awarded Individual Research Awards
- Videos of previous Fall Lectures Series lectures can be found on our news page
- Professor Heather Blair returns from a research trip to the Library of Congress for the CSRES Symposium
- 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?"
- Religous Studies adjunct Jamsheed Choksy honored as a “distinguished professor” by IU.
The Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics, and Society(CSRES)
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- Alum William Smith examines the polygamy debate in Religion Dispaches.
- Congratulations to our 2015 graduates!
- Graduate Student Hanna Garvey nabs 1st place in the Theta Alpha Kappa Graduate Fellowship Awards
- 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.
- Alum Coleen Leahy shares her story.
Politics of Religious Freedom
Winnifred Sullivan, University of Chicago Press, 2015
Jeremy Schott, Liverpool University Press, 2015
Rabbis, Sorcerers, Kings, and Priests
Jason Mokhtarian, University of California Press, forthcoming July 2015
Real and Imagined
Heather Blair, Harvard University Press, 2015