In a nutshell, the study of religion and culture concerns the ways that religion works to shape,
and is shaped by culture, society, history, politics, the arts, and the environment.
Religious and spiritual traditions impact culture, and are shaped in
turn by history and culture in profound and various ways. In my
classes and my research I work to address several key arenas in which this process takes shape, particularly among minority religious communities of North America:
Native American Religions and Cultures
Gender and Ethnicity in American Religions
Religion and Immigration
Religions, Medicines, and Healing
Take Time to Ponder the Big Questions
study of comparative religious traditions provides students with the
opportunity to reflect upon the Big Questions, to consider their
Ultimate Concerns (to quote Tillich!). What is my calling? Why am I
here? What do I value? Upon what do I base my identity? What does it
mean to be healthy? To be a whole self? When confronted with
inequalities or injustices, how should I respond?