Social Science and Religion Network

The Social Science and Religion Network at Boston University connects the wide array of students and faculty engaged in the task of understanding the beliefs and practices, organizations and movements that constitute the complex and diverse social and cultural reality of 21st century religion.

Understanding the cultural reality, social context, and political consequences of religion requires the work of scholars across the social sciences – sociology and history, anthropology and political science, international relations, public health, and religious studies. It also requires research across societies and traditions, looking for the common social forces and the divergent historical paths that animate religious communities around the world. Boston University is home to faculty, students, and research centers that facilitate just such cross-disciplinary and cross-tradition scholarly work. The Social Science and Religion Network brings these diverse interests into productive conversation to enhance the work of the whole.

Several times each semester, members of the Network are invited to gather for a presentation of work in progress. These “working group” gatherings especially provide opportunities for in-depth interdisciplinary conversation among BU’s religion research community.

Members of the Network are also alerted to opportunities within the University and beyond, have access to a comprehensive list of relevant course offerings across departments, and connect with each other through the Network’s website.

The Social Science and Religion Network at Boston University provides a rich context in which to explore the social presence and significance of religious ideas, institutions, and practices in today’s world.

Please clink on the following links to explore the resources of the SSRN!


For more information, contact Prof. Nancy Ammerman.