John Carlson is director of the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict at Arizona State University where he is also associate professor of religious studies.
A scholar of religious ethics, his research explores how religious and moral inquiry informs and invigorates our understanding of political life. He has written on issues of war and peace, religion and violence, justice and human rights, democracy and civic life, and a variety of social and political issues, both domestic and international.
His public scholarship includes reflections on democracy, civil religion, and the truth divide. You can find them by clicking on the "Research" tab above.
Carlson has been a principal investigator or co-PI on numerous research projects sponsored by the Herny R. Luce Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and other agencies. He is currently co-director (with Tracy Fessenden) of the Recovering Truth project, which produces a regular podcast.
Ph.D. Religious Ethics, University of Chicago Divinity School
M.A. Religious Ethics, University of Chicago Divinity School
B.A. Political Science, Vanderbilt University
Religious ethics; religion and violence; religion and politics; war and peace; religion, ethics and international affairs; Christian realism; just war; human rights; theories and issues of justice; war crimes tribunals; death penalty; religion and the military.
“A Just or Holy War of Independence? The Revolution’s Legacy for Religion, Violence, and American Exceptionalism” in John D. Carlson & Jonathan H. Ebel, eds., From Jeremiad to Jihad: Religion, Violence, and America (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2012), pp. 197-219.