University of Washington

James K. Wellman, Jr.

Comparative Religion Program
Jackson School of International Studies
Box 353650, University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-3340
Phone: (206) 543-0339
E-mail: jwellman@u.washington.edu
Website: http://faculty.washington.edu/jwellman/

EDUCATION:
The University of Chicago
Ph.D. in Religion and the Human Sciences, 1995
Dissertation: “Changing Boundaries: A Social History of a Downtown Protestant Establishment Church from 1908-1995.”

Princeton Theological Seminary
M.Div. in Philosophical Hermeneutics, 1984

University of Washington
B.A. in English, Distinction, Honors Program, 1981

EMPLOYMENT:
2008-Present – Associate Professor, Comparative Religion, Jackson School of International Studies
Elected Adjunct Associate Professor for Sociology
Elected Associate Editor, Sociology of Religion: A Quarterly Journal

2005-Present – Chair, Comparative Religion Program, Jackson School of International
Studies

2002-2008 – Assistant Professor, Comparative Religion Program, Jackson School of
International Studies

BIBLIOGRAPHY:
(*indicates peer reviewed publication)
(**indicates principal author in jointly written publication)

BOOKS:
Wellman, James K. Jr. High on God: How the Megachurch Conquered America. New York: Oxford University Press. Under contract; planned publication for 2013.

Wellman, James K. Jr., 2012. Rob Bell and a New American Christianity. Nashville, Tennessee: Abingdon Press. Manuscript completed and with publisher; it will be published in November.

**Wellman, James K. Jr., and Clark Lombardi. 2012. Religion and Human Security: Global Perspective. New York: Oxford University Press.

Wellman, James K. Jr. 2008. Evangelicals vs. Liberals: The Clash of Christian Cultures in the Pacific Northwest. New York: Oxford University Press.
Honorable Mention, Distinguished Book Award, given annually by the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion. (Second out of twenty-six books nominated).

Reviewed by: Journal of Religion; Sociology of Religion; Religion; Religious Studies Review; Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion; Review of Religious Research.

Wellman, James K. Jr. 2007. Belief and Bloodshed: Religion and Violence across Time and Tradition. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Wellman, James K. Jr. 1999. Gold Coast Church and the Ghetto: Christ and Culture in Mainline Protestantism. Champaign: University of Illinois Press.
Winner of the 2001 Francis Makemie Award for outstanding book in Reformed History, Presbyterian Historical Society

Reviewed in: Journal of Presbyterian History; Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology; Theological Book Review; The Princeton Seminary Bulletin; Church History; Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion; Theological Studies.

Wellman, James K. Jr. and William H. Swatos, Jr. 1999. The Power of Religious Publics: Staking Claims in American Society. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers.

PUBLISHED ARTICLES AND CHAPTERS:
**/*Wellman, James K. Jr., Katie Corcoran and Kate Stockly-Meyerdirk. “’God is like a Drug…’: Explaining Interaction Ritual Chains in American Megachurches.” Social Forces. Under review.
**/*Wellman, James K. Jr. and Katie Corcoran. “Religion, Regional Culture, and Urban Areas: Embedding Theories of Religious Commitment within Place.” Sociology of Religion: A Quarterly Review. Under review.

*Wellman, James K. Jr. (Accepted for publication). ”Religious Experience as a Different World.” Religion, Brain & Behavior.

**Wellman, James K. Jr. and Jon Pahl, “Empire of Sacrifice—USA: Violence and the Sacred in American Culture.” In Paul Gifford and Pierpaolo Antonello, eds. Can we survive our Origins? Readings in Rene Girard’s Theory of Violence and the Sacred. New York: Routledge Publishing. In press.

Wellman, James K. Jr. 2012. “Human Security: A Secularized Social Gospel and the Rediscovery of Religion” In Chris Seiple, Dennis Hoover, and Pauletta Otis eds. Routledge Handbook of Religion and Security. New York: Routledge Publishing.

Wellman, James K. Jr. 2012. “Religion and Fanaticism (Is Religion Dangerous?).” In Patrick McNamara and Wesley Wildman, eds. Science and the World’s Religions. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO Press.

Wellman, James K. Jr. 2011. “Introduction: Religion and Human Security: An Understudied Relationship.” In James K Wellman Jr. and Clark Lombardi, eds. Religion and Human Security. New York: Oxford University Press.

Wellman, James K. Jr. 2011. “The Dance of Desire in Religion and Human Security.” In James K Wellman Jr. and Clark Lombardi, eds. Religion and Human Security. New York: Oxford University Press.

Wellman, James K. Jr. 2011. “Postscript: Lessons for Policy Makers about Religion and Human Security.” In James K Wellman Jr. and Clark Lombardi, eds. Religion and Human Security. New York: Oxford University Press.

*Thompson, S.R. and James K. Wellman, Jr. 2011. “From the Social Gospel to Neoconservativism: Religion and U.S. Foreign Policy.” Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion. Volume 7, Article 6: pp. 1–41. http://www.religjournal.com/.

Wellman, James K. Jr. 2010. “Secularization.” In J. Gordon Melton, ed. Religions of the World: a Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Beliefs and Practices.

Wellman, James K. Jr. 2010. “Modernity.” In J. Gordon Melton, ed. Religions of the World: a Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Beliefs and Practices.

Wellman, James K. Jr. 2010. “Religious Violence.” In J. Gordon Melton, ed. Religions of the World: a Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Beliefs and Practices.

Wellman, James K. Jr. 2010. “North America.” In Mark Juergensmeyer and Wade Clark Roof, eds. Encyclopedia of Global Religion. Sage Publications.

**/*Wellman, Jr. James K. and Charles Richter. 2009. “Matrix as Sacred Canopy: Teaching Theory of Religion.” Teaching Theology and Religion 12:2: pp. 141–150.

**/*Wellman, James K. Jr. and Matthew Keyes. 2007. “Portable Politics and Durable Religion: The Moral Worldviews of American Evangelical Missionaries.” Sociology of Religion: A Quarterly Review 68:4: pp. 383–406.

Wellman, James K. Jr. 2007. “Religion and Violence: Past, Present and Future.” In James K. Wellman, Jr., ed. Belief and Bloodshed: Religion and Violence across Time and Tradition. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield: pp. 1–10.

Wellman, James K. Jr. 2007. “Is War Normal for American Evangelical Religion?” In James K. Wellman, Jr., ed. Belief and Bloodshed: Religion and Violence across Time and Tradition. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield: pp. 195–210.

*Wellman, James K. Jr. 2006. “Peeling Back the Evangelical Onion: Worldviews and World Affairs.” Review of Faith and International Affairs. September, pp. 29–36.

Wellman, James K. Jr. 2006. “Dueling Truth Claims: Comparing the Moral Worldviews of American Evangelical and Liberal Protestant Christians.” In Unity and Diversity in Religion and Culture: Exploring the Psychological and Philosophical Issues underlying Global Conflict / International Readings on Theory, History and Philosophy of Culture 22. St. Petersburg, Eidos: pp. 315–326.

Wellman, James K. Jr. 2006. “Christianity: Evangelicalism.” In Thomas Riggs, ed. Worldmark Encyclopedia of Religious Practices, Vol. 1: Religions and Denominations. Vol. 1 of 3. Detroit: Gale Virtual Reference Library: pp. 183–189.

**/*, James K. Jr. and Kyoko Tokuno. 2004. “Is Religious Violence Inevitable?” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 43:3: pp. 291–296.
Ranked as the most cited article in JSSR between 2005-2007.
Reprint in Susanne Monahan, William Mirola and Michael Emerson, eds. 2010. Sociology of Religion: A Reader. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.

Wellman, James K. Jr. 2004. “The Churching of the Pacific Northwest: The Rise of Sectarian Entrepreneurs.” In Patricia O’Connell Killen and Mark Silk, eds. Religion and Public Culture in the Pacific Northwest: The None Zone. Religion by Region Series. Walnut Creek: Alta Mira Press: pp. 79–105.

*Wellman, James K. Jr. 2002. “Religion without a Net: Strictness in the Religious Practices of West Coast Urban Liberal Christian Congregations.” Review of Religious Research 44:2: pp. 184–199.

*Wellman, James K. Jr. 2002. “Finding a New Center: The Future of the Liberal Protestant Mainline.” The Journal of Presbyterian History. Reprint. 80:3 (Fall): pp. 172–188.

Welman, James K. Jr. 2001. “Secularism.” In Brenda Basher, ed. The Encyclopedia of Fundamentalism: Religion and Society Series. New York: Routledge: pp. 439–442.

*Wellman, James K. Jr. 1999. Introduction to “The Debate Over Homosexual Ordination:
Subcultural Identity Theory in American Religious Organizations.” Review of Religious Research 41: pp. 184–206.

*Wellman, James K. Jr. 1999. Guest editor. “Special Issue: Religious Organizational Identity and Homosexual Ordination: A Case-Study of a Protestant Denomination.” Review of Religious Research 41: pp. 184–274.

Wellman, James K. Jr. 1999. “Religion Out of the Closet: Public Religion and Homosexuality.” In William H. Swatos, Jr. and James K. Wellman, Jr., eds. The
Power of Religious Publics: Staking Claims in American Society. Greenwood, CT: Praeger Publishing): pp. 131–151.

*Wellman, James K. Jr. 1998. “The Decentering of the Protestant Mainline: John Timothy Stone, The Chicago Years 1913–1930.” The Journal of Presbyterian History 76 (Fall): pp. 199–213.
Winner of the Student Paper Award, Society for the Scientific Study of Religion

Wellman, James K. Jr. 1997. “Presbyterians.” In The Encyclopedia of Religion and Society. In William H. Swatos, Jr. and Peter Kivisto, eds. Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press: pp. 376–378.

ESSAYS AND REVIEWS:
Thompson, S.R. and James K. Wellman, Jr. 2011. “Religious Origins of America’s Interventions.” Sightings. Martin Marty Center, University of Chicago Divinity School. August 25, online. http://divinity.uchicago.edu/martycenter/publications/sightings/archive_2011/0825.shtml.

Review of Richard Crouter, Reinhold Niebuhr: On Politics, Religion, and Christian Faith. New York: Oxford University Press. In Journal of Church and State. (2011).

Wellman, James K. Jr. 2011. Editorial, “Hiring Michael Young at UW an Opportunity to Promote Religious Tolerance.” The Seattle Times, May 15.

Review of T. Jeremy Gunn, Spiritual Weapons: The Cold War and the Forging of an American National Religion. Westport, Connecticut: Praegers. In Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 49:1, (2010), March: 190-191.

Wellman, James K. Jr. 2010. “On Evangelical vs. Liberal Christians.” Podcast interview for Research on Religion. November, online. http://www.researchonreligion.org/church-organization/james-wellman-on-evangelical-vs-liberal-christians.

Wellman, James K. Jr. 2010. “Future of Mainline Protestantism: Will the Real Mainline Protestant Church Please Stand Up.” Invited essay for Patheos. August, online. http://www.patheos.com/Resources/Additional-Resources/Will-the-Real-Mainline-Church-Please-Stand-Up.html.

Wellman, James K. Jr. 2010. “Ritual Ecstasy in Religion.” Podcast for Merril Wright Mainstage Theater, Seattle, WA. April, online. http://luxmedia.vo.llnwd.net/o10/clients/otb/20100119_thorsonpod.mp3.

Review of David Martin, On Secularization: Towards a Revised Theory. England: Ashgate Publishing Limited. In Religion 40:1, January, 2010: 62–63.

Wellman, James K. Jr. 2009. “Cheerleading for War.” The Immanent Frame. Social Science Research Council. April, online. http://blogs.ssrc.org/tif/2009/04/15/cheerleading-for-war/.

Review of Mark Silk and Andrew Walsh, One Nation, Divisible: How Regional
Differences Shape American Politics. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. In Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 48:1, (2009), March: pp. 195–197.

Review of Michael Burleigh, Sacred Causes: The Clash of Religion and Politics, From the Great War to the War on Terror. New York: HarperCollins Publishers. In Journal of Church and State. August 7, 2009.

Review of Paul A. Djupe, and Christopher P. Gilbert, The Political Influence of
Churches. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. In Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 48:4, (2009) December: pp. 829–831.

Review of Stuart A. Wright, Patriots, Politics, and the Oklahoma City Bombing. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007. In Journal of Church and State 50:2, (2008) Spring: pp. 356–357.

Review of Stephen Ellingson, The Megachurch and the Mainline: Remaking Religious Tradition in the Twenty-first Century. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press. In The Journal of Religion 88:4, (2008) October: pp. 539–541.

Wellman, James K. Jr. 2008. “The Churching of an Unchurched Region.” Crosscut: News of the Great Nearby. June 3, Seattle, WA.

Wellman, James K. Jr. 2008. “Make No Mistake about the Dalai Lama.” US Professors on Politics: The Blog. April 14. http://blogs.uwnews.org/politics/CategoryView,category,James%2BWellman.aspx.

Wellman, James K. Jr. 2008. Editorial, “Civic Gospel of Hope.” The Seattle Times, February 7.

Wellman, James K. Jr. 2007. “Response to Professor Jon Pahl’s “The Desire to Acquire: Or, Why Shopping Malls are Sites of Religious Violence.” The Religion & Culture Web Forum. May. The Martin Marty Center, The University of Chicago Divinity School, online.

Review of J. Harold Ellens, The Destructive Power of Religion: Violence in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Condensed and Updated Edition. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers. In Journal of Church and State 49:4, (2007) Autumn: pp. 770–772.

Wellman, James K. Jr. 2005. “Dueling Truth Claims, Borg versus Warren.” The Spirit: A Publication of the Seattle Presbytery. February.

Review of William R. Hutchison, Religious Pluralism in America: The Contentious History of a Founding Ideal. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2003. In Journal of Church and State 47:2, (2005) Spring: pp. 411–412.

Wellman, James K. Jr. 2004. Editorial, “Mixing Church and State Can Damage Both.” The Seattle Times, August 5.

Wellman, James K. Jr. 2004. “What Church Leaders Can Learn from Vital Liberal and Evangelical Protestant Churches.” The Spirit: A Publication of the Seattle Presbytery. October.

Wellman, James K. Jr. 2004. “The Passion: Redemptive Violence?” The Spirit: A Publication of the Seattle Presbytery. June.

Wellman, James K. Jr. 2004. “Religious Scholarship and Insider Status: The Question of Teaching and Faith.” Fostering Student Development through Faculty Development. January, 15, Loyola University, Chicago, online.

Wellman, James K. Jr. 2003. “The Idol of Empire.” Sightings. Martin Marty Center, University of Chicago Divinity School. December 3, online.

Wellman, James K. Jr. 2001. “God and Business.” Sightings. Martin Marty Center, University of Chicago Divinity School. August 8, online.

Review of Kimon Howland Sargeant, Seeker Churches: Promoting Traditional
Religion in a Nontraditional Way. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2000. In The Journal of Religion 81, (2001) July: pp. 473–4.

Review of Ronald R. Stockton, Decent and in Order: Conflict, Christianity, and
Polity in a Presbyterian Congregation. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2000. In Review of Religious Research 43:1, (2001) September: pp. 95-96.

PROFESSIONAL AWARDS:
2009 – Honorable Mention: Distinguished Book Award, Evangelical vs. Liberal: The Clash of Christian Cultures in the Pacific Northwest. Given annually by the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion. (Second out of twenty-six books nominated).

2006 – Nominated, The Marsh L. Landolt Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award

2006 – Nominated, UW Teaching Academy campus wide Distinguished Teaching Award

2005 – Nominated, UW Teaching Academy campus wide Distinguished Teaching Award

2005 – Selected, “Teaching Introductory Religion: Lessons from the Practices of Fifty
Effective Teachers.” Wabash Center for Teaching, University of Notre Dame

2001 – Winner of Francis Makemie Award for outstanding book in Reformed History,
The Gold Coast Church and the Ghetto: Christ and Culture in Mainline
Protestantism. Presbyterian Historical Society

1994 – Winner of the Student Paper Award, Society for the Scientific Study of Religion

FELLOWSHIPS AND GRANTS:
2010 – Recipient: Royalty Research Fund Grant, University of Washington: “Getting High on God: Charisma, Ecstasy, and Power in American Megachurches,” ($7,416).

2009 – Recipient: International Studies Center Course Development Grant Award, Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington, Religion 590: American Religion and US Foreign Policy, ($2,000).

2008 – Principal Investigator: “Teaching Introductory Courses in Religion.”
Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion, ($1,897).

2007-2009 – Co-Principal Investigator and Project Director (with Reşat Kasaba and Clark Lombardi): “Religion and Human Security.” Henry Luce Foundation on Religion and International Affairs, $300,000.

2007 – Recipient: International Studies Center Course Development Grant Award,
Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington, SIS 405: Political Economy and Religious Institutions, Religion and Human Security, ($2,000).

2006 – Co-Principal Investigator: “Religion and Democratic Culture: The Problems and
Possibilities for Peace.” The Henry M. Jackson Foundation Grant, Comparative Religion Program Colloquium Series, ($24,450; with Cabeiri Robinson, Kyoko Tokuno, Noam Pianko, Gadi Barzilai).

2005 – Selected, with Scott Noegel: Undergraduate Course Development Fund, University of Washington, for course, “Religion, Violence, and Peace: Patterns across Time,” (One month summer salary and Research/Teaching Assistant support).

2004-2005 – Co-Principal Investigator with Cabeiri Robinson and Kyoko Tokuno: “Religion and Democratic Culture: The Problems and Possibilities for Peace,” The Henry M. Jackson Foundation Grant, Comparative Religion Program Colloquium Series, ($10,000).

2004-2005 – Co-Principal Investigator with Cabeiri Robinson and Kyoko Tokuno: “Religion and Democratic Culture: The Problems and Possibilities for Peace.” University of Washington Simpson Center Grant, Comparative Religion Program Colloquium Series, ($3,300).

2003-2004 – Co-Principal Investigator with Kyoko Tokuno: “Religion, Conflict and Violence: Exploring Patterns Past and Present, East and West.” University of Washington Simpson Center Grant, Comparative Religion Program Colloquium Series and Symposium, ($12,500).

2003-2004 – Co-Principal Investigator with Kyoko Tokuno: “Religion, Conflict and Violence: Exploring Patterns Past and Present, East and West.” University of Washington Arts and Sciences Exchange Program, Comparative Religion Program Colloquium Series and Symposium, ($10,000).

2003-2004 – Principal Investigator: “The Churching of an Unchurched Region:
Evangelical Entrepreneurs in the Pacific Northwest.” Louisville Institute,
Louisville, Kentucky, ($15,743).

2003-2004 – Principal Investigator: “The Influence of Global Evangelicalism on Pacific
Northwest Entrepreneurial Christianity.” Society for the Scientific Study of
Religion, ($3,000).

2003-2004 – Principal Investigator: “Pacific Northwest Megachurches and the New
Knowledge Economy.” Constance H. Jacquet Research Award, ($2,700).

2001-2002 – Principal Investigator: “Sectarian Entrepreneurs: Pacific Northwest
Religionists.” Lilly Endowment Grant, Religion by Region, Book Chapter
Research Award, ($2,000).

1999-2000 – Principal Investigator: “Religious Practices of West Coast Lay Liberals.”
Constance H. Jacquet Research Award, ($2,000).

1998-1999 – Principal Investigator: “The Protestant Mainstream Church and the
Religious Practice of Lay Liberals.” General Research Grant, Louisville Institute,
Louisville, KY, ($25,000).

1993-1994 – Awarded: Dissertation Fellowship, Louisville Institute for the Study of
Protestantism and American Culture, ($5,000).

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE:
2013 – President, Pacific Northwest American Academy of Religion/Society for Biblical
Literature Regional Meeting.

2012 – Vice-president, Pacific Northwest American Academy of Religion/Society for
Biblical Literature Regional Meeting.

2012–August 30 – Television Interview. “Are Megachurches the Opiate of the Masses?”
KING5 News Seattle. http://www.king5.com/news/local/Are-mega-churches-the-opiate-of-the-masses-168089836.html

2012–August 29 – Interview. Issues, Etc.: Talk Radio for the Thinking Christian. “God Is
Like a Drug: American Megachurches.” St. Louis, MO. http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/issuesetc.org/podcast/wellman.mp3.

2012–August 29 – Interview. KUOW Public Radio. “Atheism on the Rise in the U.S.”
Seattle, WA. http://www.kuow.org/program.php?id=27799.

2011–Reviewer for Joint PhD program in Religious Studies program, University
Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University. Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

2011–Reviewer and Consultant. ARDA's New Theories, Concepts, and Measures Site.
http://www.thearda.com/rrh/bestpracticescenter/theoriesconceptsmeasures.asp.

2010–present – Elected, Associate Editor, Sociology of Religion: A Quarterly Journal

2008/2009–Project Director and Symposium Organizer: Comparative Religion
Program/Jackson School of International Studies Symposium: “Religion and
Human Security: Negotiating the Power of Religious Non-state Actors.” Seattle, WA.

2009–April 2 – Interview. “Episcopal Minister Defrocked After Becoming a Muslim.”
Patrick Oppmann, CNN Online.

2008–Program Director and Conference Organizer, Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Annual Meeting, Louisville, Kentucky.

2008–December 1 – Interview and Book Review. “RD Book: Christian Culture Clash.”
in Religion Dispatches. Krista Kapralos.

2008–December 2 – Interview and Book Review. Evangelical vs. Liberal: The Clash of
Christian Cultures in the Pacific Northwest. In The Christian Century.

2008–November 2 – Interview. Keepin’ the Faith, WILL-AM-580, Illinois Public Radio.
“American Evangelicals and the Presidential Elections.” Urbana, IL.

2008–August 18 – Interview. The Jefferson Exchange, Jefferson Public Radio. “God in
the Northwest.” Ashland, OR.

2008–August 1 – Interviewed on Think Out Loud, Oregon Public Broadcasting,
“Relationships and Religion.” Seattle, WA. August 1, 2008.

2008–May 21 – Interview. The Conversation, KUOW Public Radio. “Evangelical vs.
Liberal: The Clash of Christian Cultures in the Pacific Northwest.” Seattle, WA.

2008–April 11 – Interview. “Dalai Lama Arrives for a Five-Day Conference in Seattle,
Very Much His Kind of Town.” William Yardley, The New York Times.

2007–May 3 – Interview. “Megachurches in the Pacific Northwest.” William Yardley,
The New York Times. May 3, 2007.

2007–February 28 – Interview. “Review of Issues in Religion and Violence.” Heidi
Ledford, Nature Magazine.

2006–2007 – Chair. Jack Shand Committee. Society for the Scientific Study of Religion.

2006–2007 – Consultant. SSRC project on Religion and International Affairs, Council
President Craig Calhoun: Columbia University.

2006–Invited to be Non-Resident Fellow: Institute for the Study of Religion, Baylor University, Waco, TX.

2006–December 14 – Interview. “Gay Ordination and the Protestant Mainline Church.” Sam Hodges, Dallas Morning News.

2006–November 20 – Interview. “The ‘Great Divide’ in Religious Studies.”
http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2006/11/20/religion.

2003-2005 – Nominating Committee Member. Society for the Scientific Study of
Religion.

2004, March 1 – Television Interview. “Evangelicals, Religion and Conflict.” “UO
Today,” Oregon Humanities Center Symposium, “War and Martial Metaphor in
Scripture.” University of Oregon: Eugene, OR.

2002-2003 – Board Secretary. Religious Review Association.

2002, October 13 – Interview. “Proposal for Spiritual Transformation Conference.”
Kristin Holmes, Religion Editor, Philadelphia Enquirer.

2000-2001 – Chair. Jacquet Grant Committee, Religious Research Association.

1997 – Program Director. Religious Research Association, Annual Meeting: 1996-1997.

1999-2000 – Long Range Planning Committee Member. Religious Research Association.

1997 – Program Director and Conference Organizer. Religious Research Association,
Annual Meeting, San Diego, California.

Ongoing: professional reviews for: Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Sociology of Religion: A Quarterly Review, Journal of Church and State, Review of Religious Research, Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion, Oxford University Press, University of Chicago Press, and New York University Press.

UNIVERSITY AND DEPARTMENTAL SERVICE:
2012–Chair, Review Committee for Lecturer, Kyoko Tokuno

2011–present – JSIS PhD Committee

2009–present – JSIS Curriculum Committee

2008–2009 – Tenure Review Committee, Christian Novetzke

2008–2012 – Merit Review Committee, JSIS Assistant Professors, 2008-2010.

2008–2011 – Organizing member, Sociology of Religion Monthly Research Group,
University of Washington

2006–2007 – Grant Review Committee, Course Development for IS on Global Security
and Global Religions

2005–present – Chair, Comparative Religion Program

2004–2008 – Executive Committee Member, International Studies

2004-2005 – Committee Member, Jackson School of International Studies Honor’s
Program

2004–2005 – Interim Member, JSIS Executive Committee. JSIS

2004–2005 – JSIS Curriculum Committee Member, JSIS Core Course Development: SIS
201: “The Making of the Twentieth Century”

2002–2005 – Chair, Eugene and Marilyn D. Webb Undergraduate and Graduate
Scholarship Committee, Comparative Religion Program

2002–present – Teaching Assistants Committee Member. Comparative Religion Program

2002–present – MA Admissions Committee Member. Comparative Religion Program

2002–2005 – Founding Board Member, University of Washington Qualitative Research
Group

2002–2004 – George Taylor Fund, Leslianne Shedd and Dorothy Fosdick Funds
Internships Committee Member. Jackson School of International Studies

1999–2000 – Twenty-Five Year Anniversary Committee. Comparative Religion Program

SELECTED CONFERENCE PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONS:
Wellman, James K. Jr., Katie E. Corcoran, and Kate Stockly-Meyerdirk. “‘God is like a Drug..’: Explaining Interaction Rituals in American Megachurches.” American Sociological Association, Annual Meeting. Denver, CO. August 19, 2012. Refereed presentation.

“The Promise and Danger of Religious Ecstasy.” American Academy of Religion, Pacific Northwest Region, Gonzaga University. Spokane, Washington. May 13-15, 2011. Refereed presentation.

“Desire and Power in American Megachurches.” American Academy of Religion, Pacific Northwest Region, University of Victoria. Victoria, British Columbia. May 8, 2010. Refereed presentation.

“Interaction Ritual Chains in the Teaching of Religion.” American Academy of Religion, Pacific Northwest Region, University of Victoria. Victoria, British Columbia. May 8, 2010. Invited presentation.

“The Spirituality of Megachurches.” Society for the Scientific Study of Religion,
Annual Meeting. Denver, CO. October 23, 2009. Refereed presentation.

“Moral Rafts and Moral Passion.” American Academy of Religion, Pacific Northwest Region, Pacific Lutheran University. Tacoma, WA. April 25, 2009. Refereed presentation.

“Studies in Religion and Human Security.” Title VI 50th Anniversary, Washington DC. March 19, 2009. Refereed presentation.

Author Meets Critics: Evangelical vs. Liberal: The Clash of Christian Cultures in the Pacific Northwest. American Academy of Religion, Pacific Northwest Region. Newberg, OR. May 3, 2008. Invited presentation.

“Critical Thinking in Teaching the Study of Religion.” Second International Conference on Issues of Comparative Religious Studies in Central Asia. Uzbekistan Educational Partnerships Program Symposium, University of Washington. Seattle, WA. April 15, 2007. Invited presentation.

“Engaging Students in the Introduction to Western Religions.” Panelist for the “Teaching Introductory Religion: Lessons from the Practices of Fifty Effective Teachers.” Wabash Center for Teaching Theology and Religion, University of Notre Dame, American Academy of Religion, Annual Meeting. Washington DC. November 18, 2006. Invited presentation.

“Spiritualities of Inclusion and Exclusion: Liberal and Evangelical Protestants in the Pacific Northwest.” Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Annual Meeting. Portland, OR. October 20, 2006. Refereed presentation.

“Religious Revolutions: The Rise of Protestantism in the Dominican Republic.” With UW Graduate Student, Daniel Fred Escher. 2005 Pruit Memorial Symposium: “Global Christianity: Challenging Modernity and the West.” Baylor University. Waco, TX. November 11, 2005. Refereed presentation.

“Religion and Public Life in the Pacific Northwest: Sectarian Evangelical Christians.” American Society of Church History, American Historical Association, Annual Meeting. Seattle, WA. January 8, 2005. Invited presentation.

“War is Normal: The Logic of American Evangelical Religion.” American Academy of Religion, Pacific Northwest Region, University of British Columbia. Vancouver, BC. May 8, 2004. Refereed presentation.

“Religious Truth and the Sociology of Knowledge.” Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Annual Meeting. Columbus, OH. October 20, 2001. Refereed presentation.

“Religion without a Net: Religious Practice of Lay Liberals.” Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Annual Meeting. Boston, MA. November 5, 1999. Refereed presentation.

“Ideological Backlash or Institutional Boundary Maintenance? An Examination of the Re-Imagining Controversy.” Women and Religion section, American Academy of Religion, Annual Meeting. Philadelphia, PA. November 20, 1995. Refereed presentation.

“The Transformation of a Protestant Establishment Church: A Social History of an Elite Downtown Protestant Church, 1961-1984.” Paper presented at the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Annual Meeting. Albuquerque, NM. November 4, 1994. Refereed presentation.

“A Counter-Example of Liberal Protestant Failure: A Case-Study of an Elite Downtown Protestant Church, from 1984-1994.” Association for the Sociology of Religion, Annual Meeting. Los Angeles, CA. August 5, 1994. Refereed presentation.

SELECTED INVITED TALKS AND PUBLIC LECTURES:
“Religion and Violence in the Modern Period.” Invited lecture for Congregation Kol Shalom. Bainbridge Island, WA. March 15, 2012. Invited presentation.
“Rob Bell and the New American Christianity.” Invited lecture for the Seattle Theological Dean’s Forum, University of Washington. Seattle, WA. February 24, 2012. Invited presentation.

“Saving Aimee Semple McPherson: Show Talk.” Invited lecture for The Fifth Avenue Theatre, Seattle, WA. October 18, 2011. Invited lecture.

“Three Clues to the Spiritual Life.” Invited Baccalaureate speaker, Bainbridge High School, Bainbridge Island, WA. June 5, 2011. Invited presentation.

“High on God: The American Megachurch.” Presentation for “Young Scholars—Congregations and Social Change: Adaptation and Innovation among Religious Communities.” Calvin College. Grand Rapids, Michigan. July 7, 2011. Invited lecture.

“The Origins of Nations and Religious Violence: Imagining Trans-Atlantic ‘America’; Interrogating Evolution.” Cambridge Symposium: Surviving our Origins: Violence and the Sacred in Evolutionary-Historical Time.” St. John’s College, Cambridge University. Cambridge, United Kingdom. May 28, 2011. Invited lecture.

“Religious Violence across Time and Tradition.” The 28th Annual Spiritual Life Institute, St. Martin’s University. Lacey, WA. June 14–17, 2010. Four invited
lectures.

“Religion and Human Security: Luce Foundation on Religion and International Affairs.” Social Science Research Council. Brooklyn, New York. May 19, 20, 2010. Invited presentation.

“Religious Studies and Latin American Evangelicalism.” Panelist, Religion and Global Society, University of California Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara, CA. January 16, 2010. Invited presentation.

“The Roots of Suicide Terrorism: Religious Ideology, Irrationality, or Nationalism?” Lecture, The Samuel Stroum Jewish Community Center. Seattle, WA. July 12, 2009. Invited lectures.

“Religion, Secularism, and Human Security.” Community College Master Teachers Institute in Global Religions UW-Seattle. University of Washington, Seattle, WA. July 9, 2009. Invited lecture.

“Prospects for Churched Religion in the Pacific Northwest.” Keynote Address.
Southwestern Lutheran Synod. Vancouver, WA. May 14 and 15, 2009.

“How Religion Affects Global Civil Society.” Religion and Global Civil Society: A
Networking Workshop, University of California Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara, CA. May 2, 2009. Invited presentation.

“The Gospels of Faith, Reality and Hope: A Meditation on Religion and Power.” Book Festival for School of Theology and Ministry. Seattle University, Seattle, WA. February 7, 2009. Invited presentation: keynote.

“Megachurches and Gender Dynamics.” Leadership Network Conference on Megachurches. Dallas, TX. January 26, 2009. Invited presentation.

“Mainline Mission Learning Day with James Wellman.” Commission for Emerging Mission, Episcopal Diocese of Olympia. Seattle, WA. January 22, 2009. Invited keynote address.

“Religion and Politics: Twin Sons of the Same Mother.” Jackson School of International Studies Faculty Research Group. Seattle, WA. May 14, 2008. Invited presentation.

“Explanations for Church Growth and Decline in the PNW.” University of Washington Sociology Department Seminar on Institutional Analysis. Seattle, WA. May 14, 2008. Invited presentation.

“Teaching College Introductory Religion Courses.” Sponsored by the Wabash Center
for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion. Pacific Northwest Regional Meeting of American Academy of Religion. Newberg, OR. May 2, 2008. Invited workshop presenter.

“Belief and War in a Changing World: America and the Middle East.” Ochanomizu University. Tokyo, Japan. February 12-15, 2008. Invited lecture series.

“Theories of Religious Violence.” Issues of Comparative Religious Studies in Central Asia. Tashkent, Uzbekistan. September 15, 2006. Invited presentation.

“Spirituality in the Pacific Northwest: The None Zone.” Lecture, Columbia Leadership Network, Town Hall. Seattle, WA. April 28, 2006. Invited presentation.

“Evangelical International Missionaries: Clash of Cultures or Call to Conversation?” Council on Faith and International Affairs, Seattle Pacific University. Seattle, WA. February 8, 2006. Invited presentation.

“No Boundaries: The Ripple Effect of Globalization.” For University of Washington Alumni Association Lecture Series: “No Boundaries: The Ripple Effect of Globalization.” Seattle, WA. November 1, 2005. Invited presentation.

“The Moral Lives of Political Leaders: A Comparison of Abraham Lincoln and Nelson Mandela.” Lecture, Jackson School of International Studies Summer Seminar for Teachers. Seattle, WA. June 28, 2005. Invited presentation.

“Dueling Truth Claims: Comparing the Moral Worldviews of American Evangelical and Liberal Protestant Christians.” “Unity and Diversity in Religion and Culture: Exploring the psychological and philosophical issues underlying global conflict.” UNESCO Chair on Comparative Studies of Spiritual Traditions, St. Petersburg Branch of the Russian Institute for Cultural Research. Seattle, WA. January 28, 2005. Invited presentation.

“Theory in Understanding Religion and Violence.” Colloquium for Religion, Conflict and Violence: Patterns Past and Present, East and West, University of Washington. Seattle, WA. October 15, 2003. Invited presentation.

“The Bible and War: The Defense of Territory in American Christianity.” Lecture, University of Washington Time of Reflection: The War in Iraq. University of Washington. Seattle, WA. April 23, 2003. Invited presentation.

“The Domestication of Religion: Religious Studies Programs and the Secularization Process.” Paper for “The Secular Revolution: Power, Agency, and Conflict in the Secularization of American Public Life.” University of North Carolina. Chapel Hill, NC. June 2, 2001. Invited presentation.

“Understanding Religious Social Capital in the Pacific Northwest.” Pacific Lutheran University, Whidbey Institute. Whidbey Island, WA. October 26, 2000. Invited presentation.

“The History of the American Liberal Protestant Church.” Pacific Lutheran University. Tacoma, WA. March 14, 1999. Invited presentation.

“Peculiar Partners: A Gold Coast Church and Cabrini Green.” Chicago Group for the Study of Religious Communities. R. Stephen Warner, organizer. University of Illinois at Chicago, Sociology Department. Chicago, IL. February 26, 1994. Invited presentation.

TEACHING:
Graduate:
Theories in the Study of Religion (JSIS B 502); Comparative Fundamentalisms (JSIS 502 B); American Religion and US Foreign Policy (JSIS 590); American Enthusiastic Religion (JSIS 590).

Undergraduate:
Western Religions (JSIS B 201); Cultural and Religious Interactions in an Interdependent World (JSIS 202); Religion, Violence, and Peace: Patterns across Time and Tradition (JSIS B 205); American Religions (JSIS B 254); Modern Religious Thought (JSIS B 301); Religion, Power and American Empire (JSIS 490); American Megachurches (JSIS 490); Task Force: US Foreign Policy Toward Israel (JSIS 495); American Religion and US Foreign Policy (JSIS 498).

GRADUATE AND UNDERGRATUATE STUDENTS MENTORED
DOCTORAL STUDENTS ADVISED:

Secondary Advisor:
Jason Wollschleger (Asst. Professor, Whitworth University)
Katie Corcoran (Sociology – Postdoc, Baylor University)
Jan Kinney (Women’s Studies)
Laura Busch (Ph.D. Department of Communications)

GSR for Ph.D. Committee Member Exam:
Lynne Baab (Communications)
Miller Sherling (NELC)
Ben Crosby (Communications)
Dao The Duc (Anthropology)
David Coblentz (History)
Cade Cannon (Anthropology)
Russell Powell (NELC)
Kristian Petersen (NELC)

MASTER STUDENTS ADVISED:
Principal Advisor:
Charles Ritcher (Ph.D. George Washington University)
Secondary Advisor:
Amine Tais (Ph.D. Georgetown University, Islamic Studies)
Alex Kocar (Ph.D. Princeton University, Religious Studies)
Brad King (Ph.D. University of Texas, Religious Studies)
Joel Carlson (Ph.D. University of Washington, Political Science)

Oral Exam Chair for Comparative Religion:
Jay Laughlin
Rachel Morris
Laurel Gordon
Amy Underkophler
Katie Corcoran
Rick Martin
Kacie Lopez
Randy Thompson
Kate Stockly-Meyerdirk

Oral Exam Committee Member for Comparative Religion:
Kaine Chandler
Lindsey DeWitt
Kyle Pasha
Michael Heyes
Meghan Collins
Ben Nikodemus
Alex Kocar
Megin Freaney
Jacob Rennaker
Joel Carlson
Emily Morrison Griffin
Jason Andrus
David Coblentz
Brad King
Kyle Bond
Nathan Lilje
Joe Marino
Amine Mais
Millicent Haase

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS ADVISED:
JSIS Senior Thesis Advisor:
Hannah Cavendish-Palmer
Timothy Shea
Erin Fortenberry
Julianna Rigg, Political Science Department
Shay Colson

JSIS Senior Qualifying Paper:
Sean Berger

JSIS Honors Thesis Advisor:
Daniel Fred Escher (Ph.D. Notre Dame University)
Leslie Edwards

FOREIGN LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY:
German and New Testament Greek Basic reading proficiency
Hebrew and French Passed graduate reading exam

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS:
Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, 1991-Present.
Religious Research Association, 1991-Present.
American Academy of Religion, 1991-Present.

REFERENCES:
Robert Wuthnow. Chair: Department of Sociology, Princeton University;
Princeton, NJ 08544; (609) 258-2044 or (609) 258-4531; wuthnow@princeton.edu.

Martin E. Marty. Historian of American Christianity: University of Chicago Divinity School, 175 E. Delaware #8508; Chicago, IL 60611-7750; memarty@aol.com.

Mark Chaves. Professor of Sociology, Religion, and Divinity, Duke University;
Box 90088, Durham, NC 27708-0088
919-660-5783 (voice); mac58@soc.duke.edu.

Wade Clark Roof. Director: J.F. Rowny Professor of Religion and Society. Walter H. Capps Center for the Study of Ethics, Religion, and Public Life:
Department of Religious Studies, University of California at Santa Barbara;
Santa Barbara, CA 93106, (805) 893-2562; wcroof@religion.ucsb.edu.

Nancy Ammerman. Chair: Department of Sociology, Boston University, 96 Cummington Street Boston, MA 02215; nta@bu.edu.

Mark Silk. Director: The Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life: Trinity College, 300 Summit Street, Hartford, CT 06106-3100;
(860) 297-2352; mark.silk@trincoll.edu.

Reşat Kasaba. Director and Professor of International Studies, Jackson School of
International Studies, University of Washington; Box 353650 Seattle, WA 98195; (206) 543-6890; kasaba@u.washington.edu.