The mission of the Religion, Politics and Globalization Program (RPGP) is to create an intellectual space where scholars from the social sciences and humanities can come together to share and deepen their understanding of the role of religion in world affairs. Learn more!
RPGP draws on the exceptional resources of the University of California Berkeley and the Graduate Theological Union to strengthen research and teaching in these areas, forge new international partnerships, and enrich public life by communicating those results. Your gift to the Religion, Politics and Globalization Program will help educate students, enhance faculty research, and facilitate international exchange. RPGP has identified the following opportunities for private support. We also welcome gifts of all sizes to the RPGP general fund.
RPGP organizes small working groups as part of an ongoing effort to support and encourage interdiscplinary scholarship at the intersection of religion and politics. Graduate students and faculty from UC Berkeley and the Graduate Theological Union come together several times a semester to discuss their ongoing research on diverse topics including political Islam, Christian evangelicalism and religious violence.
Ann Swidler is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of Talk of Love: How Culture Matters (2001); and Organization without Authority: Dilemmas of Social Control in Free Schools (1979). She is coauthor of Inequality by Design: Cracking the Bell Curve Myth (1996); The Good Society (1991); and Habits of the Heart: Individualism and Commitment in American Life (1985). She is coeditor of Meaning and Modernity: Religion, Polity, Self (2001).