Evan Berry receives AAR-Luce Fellowship to research religion and the environment…
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PhD, Religious Studies, University of California Santa Barbara; MA Religious Studies, University of California Santa Barbara; BA, Religion, The Colorado College
My research examines the relationship between religion and the environment, with special attention to the ways that religion is brought to bear on political contestations about climate change and sustainability. With respect to the mounting ecological pressures facing societies around the planet, religion is a fundamentally ambivalent category of analysis. By mapping the uneven, unsystematic, and extraordinarily diverse range of religious responses to climate change and other global environmental challenges, my research seeks to better understand the ways that religious ideas, practices, and forms of political authority are constructed and enacted in response to evolving historical conditions.
Area of Expertise:
religion and international affairs, climate change and society, environmental ethics, religion and environmental issues, religion in American politics, globalization and cultural change
Evan Berry is associate professor of philosophy and religion at American University and co-director of the Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs master's program. His research focuses on the intersection of culture and environmental issues, especially where religious ideas, practices, and institutions inform how communities respond to environmental issues. He has a decade of experience as a researcher and as a policymaker on issues related to religion in public life. His recent book, Devoted to Nature: the religious roots of American environmentalism examines the history of environmental movements in the 20th century. His current research concentrates on the impact of religion on public policy issues of international significance, especially climate change, humanitarian aid, and sustainable development.
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