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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
Professor Berry’s scholarship focuses on the interplay between religion and nature in modern western culture. Trained in both the sociology of religion and the philosophy of religion, his most recent research, part of an interdisciplinary collaboration called Ecotopia Revisited, was an ethnographic study of intentional communities in the Pacific Northwest. Such communities give expression to the rich connectivity between American spiritualities and ecological yearnings for a green future. This religious substratum beneath American ideas about and practices towards nature provides the basis for his ongoing academic research.
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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