Comparative Religion


Midwestern Popular American Culture Association Conference attendees Moustafa Elsayed (WMU, comparative religion), Stacy Holden (Purdue University, history) and Alisa Perkins (WMU, comparative religion).

At the Midwest Popular Culture Association Conference this month, comparative religion graduate student Moustafa Elsayed and Assistant Professor of Comparative Religion Alisa Perkins each presented their research in a panel entitled "Arab American Culture at the MPCA Annual Meeting in Indiana in October. Elsayed's paper, entitled, "Arab American Culture through the Mawlid: Muslim Devotional Gatherings in the Midwestern United States" is based on preliminary research toward his master's thesis. Perkins drew on her book manuscript to present a paper entitled, "Constructing Little Sana'a: The City as Canvas for Yemeni American Women in a Midwestern City." Also presenting were Khalid Alrasheed and Kevin Adams from Purdue University. Dr. Stacy Holden from Purdue University organized this panel.

Great in-depth article on Dr. Wilson's book on Kellogg!

Read it and find out more about what Wilson has been researching.Read Dr. Wilson's great new book, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg and the Religion of Biologic Living, which comes out this week!  Also, check out his podcast with Indiana University Press.

Study religion and see the world!

What an amazing experience! Check out this great article on one of our own—comparative religion major Magen Dennis. 

Stop by for free coaching on writing!

The Department of Comparative Religion at WMU invites its students to visit our writing coach, Aaron Sternaman, Mondays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the 2nd floor of Moore Hall, room 2023 this fall. Coach Sternaman's guidance is free to all REL majors and minors and is open to any student enrolled in one or more of our courses for help in their REL course. He may also be reached by email ( and will be available throughout the school year. This service represents a determined effort by faculty and staff to improve the written communication of our students. Coach Sternaman holds a B.A. from WMU with an emphasis on creative writing and a minor in comparative religion. He will work with students to advance their written authority and style, while teaching them to cite sources and punctuate correctly.

Faculty News

Here's a nice news article on the work of one of our own, Dr. Brian C Wilson. Be sure to give it a read! You will learn more about religion and Michigan!

Alumni publishes article

Alumnus Dustin Byrd, assistant professor of humanities at Olivet College, has recently published the following article, "Habermas, Post-Metaphysical Thinking, and the Problem of Muslim Minorities in Europe." See our alumni publications page for his and other alumni book-length publications.