Welcome to the Center!

We are a dedicated group of scholars and professionals working to support outstanding analysis of the historical and contemporary intertwining of religion and politics. Our aim is to educate students and the public through our courses, events, and publications, while modeling discussion and debate that values each person’s humanity as the cornerstone of a productive democracy. Watch our video below to learn more about us!

Latest from Our Journal

A Community Space Emerges in the Shadow of a Confederate Monument

Professor Mark Valeri on how activists have reclaimed Robert E. Lee Circle as Marcus-David Peters Circle.


Course Highlight

The FBI and Religion

This course examines the relationship between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and religion as a way to study and understand twentieth century religion and politics specifically and the American experiment in democracy more broadly.

Course Details About the Undergrad Minor
FBI Director James Comey leaves after the annual Blue Mass at St. Patrick Church May 5, 2015 in Washington, DC.

Recent Event

James Baldwin and the Moral Crisis of American Democracy

Princeton University professor and MSNBC contributor Eddie Glaude Jr. examines Baldwin’s insistence that America’s race problem is a result of moral choices as outlined in his forthcoming book.


Recent News

John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics Awards Four Postdoctoral Fellowships for 2020-2021