This course explores the complex intersections among U.S. political power on a global stage, and religious institutions and identities. Readings and discussions are organized around two very broad questions. First: how has this nation’s history been shaped by religious “others” both inside and outside its borders? Second: How have perceptions of those others in turn affected U.S. responses to circumstances of global consequence–including, for example, foreign policy and diplomacy, missionary activity, and economic practices?
- Fall 2014: taught by Prof. Laurie Maffly-Kipp