This seminar focuses on the formation of “spirituality” in American culture from the Transcendentalist world of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Walt Whitman on through more recent expressions of the “spiritual-but-not-religious” sensibility. For the purposes of this course, “spirituality” is usefully … read more >

  • The FBI and Religion

  • Faculty: Lerone Martin
  • Schedule: Tuesdays 2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Course Number: L57 RelPol 410

This seminar examines the relationship between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and religion (i.e. faith communities, clerics, and religious professionals) as a way to study and understand twentieth century religion and politics. The course will investigate the history of … read more >

This course introduces students to the history of religion and politics in America from the English settlements of Virginia and Massachusetts Bay during the early seventeenth century through the constitutional debates of the 1780s. It pays attention to both formal … read more >

This course is a historical survey of the dynamic relationship between religion and politics during the 1920s. The 1920s was a tipping point for a great deal of the fundamental issues that shaped the twentieth century in the U.S. This … read more >

This course examines the history of Islam and Muslims in the United States, from the earliest days of the country’s founding to the contemporary everyday life of Muslims in the US. From the arrival of West African Muslims to the … read more >

This course is an introduction to the history and variety of African-American religions in the New World Diaspora. The approach will be chronological, from the earliest years to the New World, to contemporary expressions. We will also explore some of … read more >

The United States has often been imagined as both a deeply Christian nation and a thoroughly secular republic, and those conjoined framings have created recurrent conflict throughout American history. This seminar is designed to introduce advanced undergraduates and graduate students … read more >

This course explores the economic, cultural, and social history of the origins of Anglo-American capitalism from 1500 to 1800. Throughout we will discuss the worldviews and day-to-day business decisions of the merchants who created England’s transatlantic market order and empire. … read more >

The modern Civil Rights Movement is a landmark event in the nation’s political, civic, cultural, and social history. In many contexts, this movement for and against civil and legal equality took on a religious ethos, with activists, opponents, and observers … read more >

What do the First Amendment’s religious clauses mean? How has the interpretation of their meaning changed over time? How has the Supreme Court applied the First Amendment to particular, often thorny, issues? Is the American state secular? This class investigates … read more >