Brian C. Wilson

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Brian C. Wilson
Professor, American Religious History and Graduate Advisor
Office: 
(269) 387-4361
Location: 
2011 Moore Hall, Mail Stop 5320
Mailing address: 
Department of Comparative Religion
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5320 USA
Office hours: 

Tuesday and Thursday 1 to 2 p.m. and by appointment.

Education: 
  • Ph.D./M.A., Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1996
  • M.A., Hispanic Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies, 1990
  • B.S., Medical Microbiology, Stanford University, 1982
Teaching interests: 
  • American religious history
  • New religious movements
  • Religion in the Midwest and in the Yankee Diaspora
  • Theory and method in the academic study of religion
Research interests: 
  • American religious history and new religious movements
  • Religion in the Midwest and in the Yankee Diaspora
  • Theory and method in the academic study of religion
Bio: 

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Professor Wilson earned a B.S. in Medical Microbiology from Stanford University (1982), and, after a stint in the Peace Corps (Honduras, Dominican Republic [1982-1986]), went on to earn an M.A. in Hispanic Studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies (1990) and an M.A./Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara (1991/1996). Professor Wilson routinely teaches REL 3015: Christianity in the United States and REL 3145: New Religious Movements for undergraduates (a course now available on-line). Beginning Spring 2014, Professor Wilson will also be offering REL 5000: Religion and Alternative Medicine as part of the new on-line Graduate Certificate in Spirituality, Culture, and Health. Professor Wilson's areas of research include religion in American Religious History; New Religious Movements; Religion in the Midwest and in the Yankee Diaspora; and Theory and Method in the Academic Study of Religion.

His latest book, "Dr. John Harvey Kellogg and the Religion of Biologic Living," has won the Silver medal for biography from the Independent Book Publishers,  is an award finalist in Foreword Reviews' 2014 INDIEFAB Book of the Year competition and has been awarded the 2015 State History Award from the Historical Society of Michigan.  Congratulations Dr. Wilson!