Religion, whether defined as a system of belief, a series of practices, as an institution, as a mode of community, or as source of conflict, is central to human history. This cluster brings together scholars from across many areas of history, including those who specialize in United States, Asian, Middle-eastern, and European history. Members study religion both as a part of particular cultures and as a general theme. We investigate, though our research and our teaching, how religion interacts with such subjects as culture, politics, war, gender, and ethnicity. We specialize in major faith traditions, including Christianity, Islam, Judaism, and Buddhism, but we also work across traditions to investigate the broad subject of religion in history. Areas of particular interest to faculty include literary, cultural, and artistic presentations and representations of religion; the history of religious thought and practice; the formation of new “religious” traditions, such as environmentalism; the relationship between religious and political identities, and the role of religion in imperial and colonial ventures. Faculty research interests include all periods from the late antique through the modern era. A field in Religion in History complements and enriches many other subjects, and all faculty welcome inquiries from current and prospective graduate students.