Students often walk into Mashal Saif’s introductory Islam class at Clemson University with misconceptions, but also open minds. Some may arrive with a litany of stereotypes. Saif, an assistant professor of religion, lists some common assumptions to which students may have been exposed: “that Muslims are terrorists, that they’re terrible to women, that they live […]
In May, the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities at Clemson University will present more than 350 diplomas, including more than 275 undergraduate degrees. Many of the graduating seniors already have big dreams – and solid plans. One will travel this summer to a Syrian refugee camp to teach English. Another is headed to graduate […]
Laura Olson, J. Strom Thurmond Professor of Political Science at Clemson University, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar research grant that will allow her to spend the spring 2020 semester at the University of Bari Aldo Moro in Southern Italy. Olson will spend six months at the university conducting research on the relationship between religion […]
Completing a book is a daunting task, and most authors start this long process without knowing if there are interested readers at the end of it. Luckily for Amber Curtis, assistant professor in Clemson’s political science department, the Global Religion Research Initiative is so interested in her in-progress book on religious identity that they’re paying […]
Laura Olson, J. Strom Thurmond Professor of Political Science at Clemson University, has been elected president of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (SSSR). The society is the leading scholarly organization for social scientists who study religion. It sponsors an annual conference each fall and publishes the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, which Olson edited for five years.
The legal profession is not just a family tradition for Clemson University senior Felicia Finney. It’s something sacred. Her father, Jerry Leo Finney, is a Columbia attorney, specializing in criminal and civil defense. Her late grandfather, Ernest A. Finney Jr., was South Carolina’s first black circuit judge in modern times and later the first African-American […]
A Clemson University researcher has found that health conditions hinder children and their families from attending church and that the likelihood of attendance changes depending on the type of health condition. The research finds that children whose disability affects social interaction are the most likely to be deterred from worship.
The Office of the Dean of the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences (CBSHS) recently announced the winning proposals for its second annual IMPACT seed grants program. The winning proposals cover a range of research topics including religious identification, improved health care outcomes in intensive care units and the effects of foot massage on […]
Twelve years of marriage, three kids, four cross-country moves…one happy (Clemson) family. Meet Andrew Whitehead. Title: Assistant professor of sociology Years at Clemson: Four What I do at Clemson: I teach sociology courses in the sociology, anthropology and criminal justice department. I also spend a good deal of my time conducting research. I primarily study […]
A leading scholar on the Reformation, Bruce Gordon of Yale Divinity School, will share his insights in a public lecture, “The Bible, Authority and the Struggle for History in the Reformation.” The free event at Clemson University will take place at 7 p.m. Nov. 9 in Holtzendorff Hall, room 100.
Andrew Whitehead, an assistant professor in Clemson’s sociology and anthropology department, is part of a team that has earned funding from the Lilly Endowment to increase the content, features and outreach of the Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA).
Probing emotions and values to understand character — including how we behave and how we ought to behave — is taking Charles Starkey to the very core of what makes human beings “tick.”
On some days, Perry Austin will tell you he doesn’t sleep. Too much schoolwork to do. Too many lives to impact. He’s studying religion and its relationship with politics. He’s leading charges for policy change on campus. He’s editing papers, making sure those pesky commas are where they should be. Oh, and he’s graduating Clemson, […]
Melinda Denton’s research focuses on how religion and family shape the lives of adolescents in the United States. She calls face-to-face interviews with youth “eye opening.”