Center for the Study of Religion



  • Jonathan C. Gold

Executive Committee

  • Aisha M. Beliso-De Jesús, American Studies
  • Wallace D. Best, Religion
  • Ellen B. Chances, Slavic Lang & Literatures
  • Patricia Fernández-Kelly, Sociology
  • Seth A. Perry, Religion
  • Sarah Rivett, English
  • Jack B. Tannous, History
  • Stephen F. Teiser, Religion
  • Moulie Vidas, Religion

Associated Faculty

  • André Benhaïm, French & Italian
  • John W. Borneman, Anthropology
  • D. Graham Burnett, History
  • Michael W. Cadden, Lewis Center for the Arts
  • Michael A. Cook, Near Eastern Studies
  • Rafaela M. Dancygier, Schl of Public & Int'l Affairs
  • Mitchell Duneier, Sociology
  • Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi, Near Eastern Studies
  • Eddie S. Glaude, African American Studies
  • Jonathan C. Gold, Religion
  • Anthony T. Grafton, History
  • Eric S. Gregory, Religion
  • Jonathan M. Gribetz, Near Eastern Studies
  • Olga P. Hasty, Slavic Lang & Literatures
  • Amaney A. Jamal, Politics
  • Michael W. Jennings, German
  • Beatrice E. Kitzinger, Art and Archaeology
  • Eve Krakowski, Near Eastern Studies
  • Hendrik Lorenz, Philosophy
  • Bryan D. Lowe, Religion
  • Carolina Mangone, Art and Archaeology
  • Meredith A. Martin, English
  • Jan-Werner Müller, Politics
  • Chika O. Okeke-Agulu, Art and Archaeology
  • Elaine H. Pagels, Religion
  • Sara S. Poor, German
  • Jamie L. Reuland, Music
  • Lauren Coyle Rosen, Anthropology
  • Carolyn M. Rouse, Anthropology
  • Marina Rustow, Near Eastern Studies
  • Esther H. Schor, English
  • Teresa Shawcross, History
  • Nigel Smith, English
  • Barbara A. White, Music
  • Tamsen O. Wolff, English
  • Muhammad Q. Zaman, Near Eastern Studies

Sits with Committee

  • Christina H. Lee
  • Judith Weisenfeld, ex officio
For a full list of faculty members and fellows please visit the department or program website.

Program Information

The Center for the Study of Religion facilitates intellectual exchange and interdisciplinary study of religion among students and faculty. The center is especially interested in encouraging scholarship that examines religion or aspects of religion comparatively and in its diverse historical and contemporary manifestations through the lenses of the various humanities and social science disciplines. It supplements the curriculum of the Department of Religion by drawing students and faculty together from other departments and by fostering studies in which religion or the consequences of religion may be one of several components under investigation. One of the center's activities is to cosponsor freshman seminars and other occasional undergraduate courses. The center also offers two interdisciplinary seminars, Religion and Culture and Religion and Public Life, that are open to upper-level undergraduates with permission of the instructor. The center was founded in recognition of the fact that Princeton University includes among its faculty a number of uniquely qualified specialists throughout an exceptionally wide range of disciplines. It draws to students' attention the fact that more than 50 courses dealing with the historical development of religious traditions and their role in current affairs are regularly offered under the auspices of more than a dozen departments and programs.

The Center for the Study of Religion provides resources to faculty members throughout the University who may be interested in developing new courses or research interests. The center sponsors freshman seminars, lecture courses, and advanced seminars on topics significantly concerned with the study of religion. In addition, the center supports faculty who wish to plan interdisciplinary conferences, symposia, or guest speaker series focusing on topics related to religion such as ethics and biotechnology, Buddhist death practices, religion and sexuality, poverty and charity, religion and film, religion and neuroscience, and mysticism and modernity. These and other center-sponsored public lectures and conferences promote greater discussion about understanding of religion in higher education and in the wider society.

Through these various activities, students are encouraged to develop a better understanding of the interactions among religions and their social contexts and to pursue junior independent work and senior theses concerned with the ethical, social, and cultural contributions and implications of religion. The center has small amounts of funding available for juniors and seniors undertaking research projects in the study of religion. The center's staff, faculty, and associates are available for students seeking information about courses relevant to the study of religion in other departments and programs.

Information about undergraduate courses relevant to the interdisciplinary study of religion can be found on the center's website.