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Interdisciplinary Resources

The academic study of religion is enriched at IUPUI by opportunities for research and collaboration with university-wide initiatives and campus programs outside the Religious Studies Department.  


Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture

The nationally-acclaimed Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture was established in 1989. Dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of religion's interaction with other facets of American culture, the Center's ongoing programs include a biannual scholarly journal, Religion and American Culture (published by the University of California Press), the Young Scholars in American Religion Program that mentors early-career faculty in teaching and research, and the Biennial Conference on Religion and American Culture, which attracts the top scholars in North America as participants. CSR&AC also conducts funded research and public teaching programs.  The Center is led by Philip Goff, Professor of American Studies and adjunct in Religious Studies.

Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics, and Society

The Indiana University Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics, and Society (CSRES) is an interdisciplinary association of scholars, academic programs, and research centers from the eight campuses of Indiana University. Our mandate is to aid in the development of research to better understand religion, ethics, values, and spirituality in society, and we fund faculty co-led, year-long seminars on topics relating to religion, ethics, morality, and values.  The Consortium is led by Brian Steensland, Professor of Sociology and Director of Social Science Research at the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture.  The founding director is Lisa Sideris, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Indiana University-Bloomington, who led the Consortium from 2013-2016. In June 2016 the Consortium hosted an international conference on the theme of "Wonder and the Natural World."

Lake Institute on Faith and Giving

Lake Institute on Faith and Giving, an integral part of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, was established in 2002, with the mission to foster a greater understanding of the ways in which faith inspires and informs giving. Lake Institute teaches undergraduate, master, and doctoral students at IUPUI while also serving as the national leader in the field of religion and philanthropy by awarding an annual dissertation fellowship, convening research collaborations, and providing professional development training to practitioners across faith traditions. In addition, Lake Institute hosts the annual Thomas H. Lake Lecture and Distinguished Visitor program at IUPUI. Assistant Professor of Philanthropic Studies, David King, leads the Lake Institute as the Karen Lake Buttrey Director. Dr. King is also adjunct faculty in Department of Religious Studies.