The Center was established in 1989 by the Indiana University Board of Trustees to explore the connection between religion and other aspects of American culture. We are a research and public outreach institute that supports the ongoing scholarly discussion of the nature, terms, and dynamics of religion in America. As a program of the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, the Center pursues its aim as part of the mission of liberal and humane learning. It seeks to elevate among students, faculty, and the larger American public the understanding of the influence of religion in the lives of people.
Presenting religious content in the classroom can be a tricky business. The Center is pleased to share instructional materials developed by its researchers and participating scholars for use in the classroom. From college syllabi and teaching modules to K-12 lessons plans, these materials help educators incorporate religious topics in the classroom.
Andrea Jain, associate professor of Religious Studies at IUPUI, has been appointed editor of the "Journal of the American Academy of Religion." She is the author of "Selling Yoga: From Counterculture to Pop Culture" (Oxford University Press, 2014).
Emily Clark, assistant professor of Religious Studies at Gonzaga University, recently received awards from the Southern Historical Association and the Gulf South Historical Association for her book "A Luminous Brotherhood: Afro-Creole Spiritualism in Nineteenth-Century New Orleans" (University of North Carolina Press, 2016).