Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict

Why is religion an accelerating, often divisive political and public force across our world? How do religious ideas and practices fit with ideals of democracy, human rights, and global citizenship? Why is religion so inextricably tied to conflicts over gender and sexuality? Does religion harbor visions and values that can be harnessed to build a more just and peaceable world? 

The Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict generates innovative thinking through a transdisciplinary approach that:

  • Serves scholars, practitioners, policymakers and the public
  • Connects the campus and the community through education and outreach
  • Prepares the next generation of students for an increasingly interconnected and complex world
  • Builds global networks through international exchange.

The center houses an array of collaborative research initiatives that engage the complicated role of religion, for good and ill, across societies and cultures, including faculty seminars, conferences, publications and reports. The center’s ground-breaking work has been supported by many foundations and agencies, such as the National Science Foundation; National Endowment for the Humanities, the Departments of Defense and State, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the Ford, Henry Luce and Templeton Foundations.

A robust mix of student programs advance undergraduate education, including international travel scholarships, an Undergraduate Research Fellows (REU) Program and an undergraduate certificate in religion and conflict. And faculty and student exchanges, university partnerships and international projects, enable the center to create connections that expand knowledge, enhance cross-cultural dialogue and promote wiser, more effective responses.