Ruth Braunstein

Ruth Braunstein is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Connecticut and editor-at-large of The Immanent Frame. She previously served as a consultant with the SSRC's program on Religion and the Public Sphere and a senior editor of Reverberations. Her research explores the diverse ways in which ordinary citizens across the political spectrum participate in public life, and the complex role of religion in this process. She has studied debates over evolution in public schools, liberal religious advocacy groups, and interfaith political coalitions. She is currently working on a book based on her comparative ethnographic study of progressive faith-based community organizing and Tea Party activism.

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Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

A conversation with Robert Bellah

Margarita A. Mooney interviews Robert Bellah at Patheos.

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Monday, January 7th, 2013

Interdisciplinary Congregational Studies Fellowships

An interdisciplinary call for applications for Congregational Studies Fellowships has been released.

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Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

When God Talks Back named a Notable Book of 2012

New Directions in the Study of Prayer Grantee Tanya Luhrmann’s book, When God Talks Back: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship With God, was named one of the New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2012. As Molly Worthen wrote in an early 2012 review of the book: After more than four years of observing and interviewing […]

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Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Religion and the election

Several months ago, it seemed religion might be a notable factor in the 2012 presidential election.

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Saturday, November 10th, 2012

Religion on the Edge

A new book, Religion on the Edge: De-centering and Re-centering the Sociology of Religion, edited by TIF contributors Courtney BenderWendy CadgePeggy Levitt and David Smilde, has been published.

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Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

Elizabeth Drescher on religious “nones”

NDSP Grantee Elizabeth Drescher responds to a new report, “‘Nones’ On the Rise,” released by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life in affiliation with PBS’ Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly.

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Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Which Model, Whose Liberty?

On October 11, 2012, the Religious Freedom Project of the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs and the International Center for Law and Religion Studies at Brigham Young University’s School of Law will convene a conference at Georgetown University on “Differences between the U.S. and European Approaches to Religious Freedom.”

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Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

“I would love to read the biography of a book . . .”

As part of our discussion of the “Lives of Great Religious Books” series out this March from Princeton University Press, I had the opportunity to talk to editor Fred Appel about how the series was “born.” Situating the books somewhere between reception history and popular memoir, he discusses the contested status of some texts as “religious,” the importance of reaching the public, and the books he hopes will eventually be part of the series.

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Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Lessons learned from academic blogging

At Religion in American History, Edward J. Blum reflects on how blogging may influence a junior scholar’s career, for better or for worse, and raises several important questions that we have also been puzzling about here at The Immanent Frame. In his piece, he draws on his own experiences as well as anecdotal evidence, and lays out his reservations about the academic blogging enterprise.

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Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Veiled threats?

At the New York Times philosophy forum, The Stone, Martha Nussbaum asks how philosophical and legal scholarship can help us understand recent controversies concerning the right of Muslim women to wear headscarves and burqas in public.

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