Recent news

  • Our resident expert on religion and comic books, Dr. Kevin Wanner, has a chapter in this fascinating new book, "Muslim Superheroes", on comics and Islam. Check it out!

  • Yumi Takashi-Ede has been awarded the 2017 University Distinguished Service Award here at Western Michigan University and was honored at the 2017 Fall Convocation on Friday, October 6. Yumi finished her M.A. in comparative religion and took up a position in academic advising in the College of Arts and Sciences where she did wonderful work for our students. From there she moved on to the Office of Study Abroad where she is a study abroad advisor (including for our department's 2018 summer program to Japan). Congratulations, Yumi!

  • WMUK interviewed comparative religion instructor Hafiz Akbar about what it means to be an Imam and what they can do for the community. Listen to the WMUK interview here.
  • All-University Graduate Teaching Effectiveness Award, the most significant honor that WMU bestows upon its graduate students, was awarded to Jair Stout spring 2017.

  • Congratulations to Joe Schuetz who is finishing his first year in the Spirituality, Culture and Health M.A. program. Joe's paper "Quantifying the Spiritual: Toward a Holistic Approach to Spirituality for Scientific Analysis in Healthcare" was awarded first prize at WMU's Graduate Humanities Conference.

  • Macomb Legal News features, "Second chance: With a new lease on life, student strives to help others", an inspiring article about an alumnus of our department.

  • Congratulations to Dr. Perkins on being named a 2016 American Anthropological Association Leadership Fellows! Here's a snippet from the press release: 2016 AAA Leadership Fellows - Julia Wignall, Courtney Kurlanska and Alisa Perkins have been named the 2016 American Anthropological Association (AAA) Leadership Fellows. The AAA’s Leadership Fellows program is designed to provide a unique opportunity for anthropologists beginning their careers to learn about leadership opportunities and to encourage future leadership in the Association.

    Alisa Perkins received her Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin in December 2012 and currently serves as assistant professor in comparative religion at Western Michigan University (WMU). Perkins’ ongoing research draws on theories of race, gender, cultural citizenship, and urban space to examine how Arab, South Asian, and African American Muslims in the Detroit metro area negotiate expressions of religious identity in public and political realms. As a faculty member at WMU, Perkins has worked to strengthen links between the campus and the surrounding community, an initiative she plans to bring to her role as a future leader at AAA.

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