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The John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics draws on the vast experience and resources of many people to fulfill its mission: to deepen academic and public understanding of religion and politics in the United States.
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Our faculty represent some of the foremost scholarship and research in the fields of religion and U.S. politics. They offer a wealth of experience and guidance to the Washington University community, as well as the St. Louis region.

Our students reflect the rich diversity of the Washington University student body. The Center engages them through our coursesevents, a minor in religion and politics, internship opportunities, and independent study. We believe these equip them with the ability to identify, engage, and shape many of the most pressing issues in American public life.

Our work is greatly supported by the insight and expertise of many renowned individuals who assist the Center by participating on our advisory boards.

  • Our National Advisory Board is a group of distinguished representatives from the fields of American religion, politics, and journalism. This Board helps the Center affect the greatest possible impact on current discussions relating to religion’s long role in U.S. politics.
  • The WU Faculty Executive Committee consists of Washington University faculty who advise the Center on matters of programming and resource allocation.
  • The Religion & Politics Editorial Advisory Board is a vital component of our online journal. This group represents expertise from a range of fields including journalism, the arts and humanities, and the social sciences.

120924_wcc_religion_politics_060We are deeply grateful to the many contributors who have given generously to the Center. Their gifts directly support the Center’s research projects, faculty mentorship of undergraduate and graduate students, our postdoctoral fellows, our online journal, and our varied public programming.