Research and Publications

The Department of Comparative Religion at Western Michigan University is proud to acknowledge publishing accomplishments and research areas.


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Stephen Covell

  • Contemporary Japanese Buddhism

Alisa Perkins

  • Islam in America

Diane Riggs

  • Buddhist material culture

Rudolf Siebert

  • Critical theory of religion of Max Horkheimer, Walter Benjamin, Theodor W. Adorno, Erich Fromm, Herbert Marcuse, Alfred Sohn-Rethel, and Jürgen Habermas

Cindy Visscher

  • Religious diversity and pluralism in the United States
  • Spirituality, culture and health
  • Interfaith relations

Kevin J. Wanner

  • Medieval Christianity, with a particular focus on the pre and post-conversion religion and culture of Scandinavia

Brian C. Wilson

  • 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