Center for Culture, Society, and Religion


The Center for Culture, Society, and Religion facilitates intellectual exchange and interdisciplinary study of religion among students and faculty. The center encourages scholarship that examines religion or aspects of religion comparatively and in 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 diverse departments and by fostering research in which religion or the consequences of religion may be one of several components under investigation.

Program Offerings

One of the center's activities is to sponsor new freshman seminars and other undergraduate courses by offering funding to faculty to develop these courses. The center also offers an interdisciplinary seminar on culture, society, and religion that is open to upper-level undergraduates with permission of the instructor. In addition to sponsoring courses, the Center for Culture, Society, and Religion supports faculty who wish to plan interdisciplinary conferences, symposia or guest speaker series focusing on topics related to religion. These and other center-sponsored public lectures and conferences promote greater discussion about understanding of religion in the wider society. The center also selects undergraduate research fellows, funding juniors and seniors pursuing independent work and senior theses concerned with the ethical, social and cultural contributions and implications of religion.

The center 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. Information about relevant undergraduate courses can be found on the center's website, and the center’s faculty and staff are available to consult with students interested in exploring the interdisciplinary study of religion.


  • Director

    • Jonathan C. Gold
  • Executive Committee

    • André Benhaïm, French & Italian
    • Wallace D. Best, Religion
    • Ellen B. Chances, Slavic Lang & Literatures
    • Patricia Fernández-Kelly, Sociology
    • Beatrice E. Kitzinger, Art and Archaeology
    • Bryan D. Lowe, Religion
    • Seth A. Perry, Religion
    • Sarah Rivett, English
    • Jack B. Tannous, History
    • Stephen F. Teiser, Religion
    • Moulie Vidas, Religion
  • Associated Faculty

    • 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
    • Amaney A. Jamal, Politics
    • Beatrice E. Kitzinger, Art and Archaeology
    • Eve Krakowski, Near Eastern Studies
    • Hendrik Lorenz, Philosophy
    • Carolina Mangone, Art and Archaeology
    • Jan-Werner Müller, Politics
    • Chika O. Okeke-Agulu, Art and Archaeology
    • Elaine H. Pagels, Religion
    • Sara S. Poor, German
    • Carolyn M. Rouse, Anthropology
    • Marina Rustow, Near Eastern Studies
    • Esther H. Schor, English
    • Barbara A. White, Music
    • Tamsen O. Wolff, English
  • 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.