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Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture

Philip Goff (Executive Director)

[Photo]: Philip Goff

Campus Address: CA 417G
Phone: 317-274-8410
Fax: (317)278-3354
Email: pgoff@iupui.edu
Appointments: Executive Director of the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture
Professor of Religious Studies and American Studies
Academic Interests: American Religious History
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Arthur Emery Farnsley, II (Associate Director)

[Photo]: Arthur Emery Farnsley, II

Campus Address: CA 417
Phone: 317-278-6492
Email: afarnsle@iupui.edu
Appointments: Research Professor of Religious Studies
Associate Director of the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture
Academic Interests: Religious organizations and religion's impact on other organizations
Faith-based welfare reform
Religion and Politics

Teaching: Comparative Religion
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Peter J. Thuesen (Director of Research)

[Photo]: Peter J. Thuesen

Campus Address: CA 417D
Phone: 317-274-5942
Fax: (317)278-3354
Email: pthuesen@iupui.edu
Appointments: Professor of Religious Studies
Adjunct Professor of American Studies
Co-Editor, Religion and American Culture: A Journal of Interpretation
Director of Humanities Research, Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture
Academic Interests: U.S. religious history; Christian thought; the Bible in American culture; religion, weather, and the sublime; theological debates over predestination, providence, and theodicy; Catholic-Protestant relations in the U.S.; Mormonism and American culture; history of the book in colonial British America
Teaching: REL-R133 (Introduction to Religion), REL-R103 (The Bible and Culture), REL-R173 (American Religions), REL-R180 (Introduction to Christianity), REL-R313 (Religion and American Ideas), REL-R314 (Religion and Racism), REL-R339 (Varieties of American Religion), REL-R397 (Mormonism and American Culture)
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Thomas J. Davis (Journal Managing Editor)

[Photo]: Thomas J. Davis

Campus Address: CA 439
Phone: 317-274-8448
Fax: (317)278-2525
Email: iock100@iupui.edu
Appointments: Dean of the School of Liberal Arts
Professor of Religious Studies
Co-Editor of Religion and American Culture: A Journal of Interpretation
Adjunct Professor of Philanthropic Studies

Academic Interests: History of Christianity, Reformation history and thought, the Eucharist and exegesis in sixteenth-century Europe, images of John Calvin in American culture, Religion and Philanthropy
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Rachel M. Wheeler (Program Director)

[Photo]: Rachel M. Wheeler

Campus Address: CA 335B
Phone: 317-274-7394
Fax: (317)278-3354
Email: wheelerr@iupui.edu
Appointments: Associate Professor of Religious Studies
Academic Interests: American religious history, colonial American history, Native American religions, religion and food, religion and music
Teaching: Religion and Culture (R101) American Religion (R173) Prophets, Captives and Converts (R312) Native American Religions (R367)
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Amanda Friesen

[Photo]: Amanda  Friesen

Campus Address: CA417A
Phone: 317-274-7390
Email: amfriese@iupui.edu
Appointments: Associate Professor of Political Science Faculty Research Fellow/Project Director, Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture Adjunct Faculty, Women's Studies
Academic Interests: American politics, political psychology, religion and politics, gender and politics, behaviorial genetics, and biology and politics
Teaching: POLS Y103 Introduction to American Politics POLS Y324 Women and American Politics POLS Y394 Public Policy Analysis POLS Y380 Special Topics: Religion and American Political Behavior POLS Y490 Senior Seminar: Biology and Politics
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Lauren P Schmidt (Chism)

[Photo]: Lauren P Schmidt (Chism)

Campus Address: CA417F
Phone: 317-274-3759
Email: lchism@iu.edu
Appointments: Programs and Operations Manager
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Brian Steensland

[Photo]: Brian Steensland

Campus Address: CA 417 E
Phone: 317-274-2418
Email: bsteens@iupui.edu
Appointments: Professor of Sociology
Academic Interests: Professor Steensland’s research interests include religion, culture, civic engagement, and politics in contemporary American society. His current research focuses on spirituality and spiritual practices, and religion and urban life. He has a textbook on religion and society under contract with Wiley-Blackwell and currently serves as Chair of the Sociology of Religion section for the American Sociological Association.
Teaching: Social Problems, Sociology of Religion, Sociological Theory, Textual Analysis
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