May 9, 2018

Congratulations, Christian Baker!

Christian Baker, Religious Studies major
Religious Studies major, Ralph Bunche Scholars, & Merle Kling Undergraduate Honors Fellow

Congratulations, Christian, for recieving the Ralph Bunche Scholars Award for two years in a row and for being selected as part of the Merle Kling Undergraduate Honors Fellowship's Class of 2020. For his Kling project, Baker, a Religious Studies major, will investigate the decades-long history of the intersections of race, religion and rap music. By combining the social theories of Clifford Geertz and Max Weber with the music of Kendrick Lamar, Chance the Rapper, Drake and others, Christian seeks to help us understand the complex relationship between Black music and the varying forms of Black religion.

May 3, 2018

Prof. John R. Bowen, Religious Studies affiliated faculty, elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

from: The Source

Prof. John R. Bowen, the Dunbar-Van Cleve Professor in Arts & Sciences, is a newly elected members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the academy announced April 18. He is an internationally recognized scholar on contemporary efforts to rethink Islamic norms and law in Asia, North America and Europe.

About Religious Studies

…if I headed back to college today, I would major in comparative religions rather than political science." - John Kerry, “Religion and Diplomacy


Religion is a major source of inspiration, meaning, and controversy in human societies. Fast-moving forces of globalization, migration, and technology continue to bring diverse communities into closer proximity, often creating new religious communities in the process. The Religious Studies Program at Washington University gives students the opportunity to learn about diverse religions as well as to study past and current events with a critical but open mind.

Upcoming Events

May 22, 2018 - 7:00pm

Breaking the Silence: Past and Present Perspectives on #MeToo from Jewish History and Religious Ethics

Sh'ma: Listen! Speakers Series presents The Sheila Michaels Memorial Lecture
Central Reform Congregation, 5020 Waterman Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108

Speakers include Dr. Judith Rosenbaum, Executive Director of the Jewish Women’s Archive as well as WashU's Prof. Anna F. Bialek, Assistant Professor of Religion and Politics at the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics, and Dr. Rebecca J. Epstein-Levi, Friedman Postdoctoral Fellow in Jewish Studies.

RSVP to Shirley Wise at or 314-442-3765. For additional information, contact Cyndee Levy at or 314-442-3754.

August 24, 2018 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Religious Studies and Religion & Politics Open House

Umrath Hall, room 118

Welcome incoming students!

Join us for a joint open house and meet faculty in Religious Studies and Religion & Politics. Information about fall courses and the major and minors will be provided. Light refreshments served.