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Philosophy and Religious Studies
North Quad 204
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306
Elizabeth Agnew received her PhD in religious studies in 1999 from Indiana University, MA degrees in religious studies and history from I.U., and a BA in history from Brown University. Professor Agnew’s teaching and research address religion in American culture, religion and social ethics, and gender and religion.
In her teaching, Professor Agnew seeks to help students think critically about the construction of religious identities amidst broader cultural dynamics. She currently teaches “Introduction to Religion in Culture” and “Religion, Morality, and Public Debate” in the core curriculum. Upper-level courses include “Religion, Diversity, and American Public Life,” “Religion, Nonviolence, and War,” “Religion, Philanthropy, and Pluralism,” and “Women, Gender and Religion.”
Professor Agnew’s research on the creation of American social work from traditions of religious charity and the new social sciences was published in her book From Charity to Social Work: Mary Richmond and the Creation of an American Profession (Illinois, 2004)—named a Choice “Outstanding Academic Title” in 2005. Other articles on Richmond and her legacy are found in Gender and the Social Gospel (Illinois, 2003) and in Locus Soci@l: Journal of Social Work, Social Policy & Society. Her research on American peace activism and nonviolence is found in her articles “Meeting Needs, Promoting Peace: Jane Addams and Her 21st Century Counterparts” in Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal; “Can You Hear Me Now? The Element of Listening in Positive Peace,” forthcoming in Nonviolence: Critiquing Assumptions, Examining Frameworks (Rodopi); and “Needs and Nonviolent Communication in the Religious Studies Classroom,” in Teaching Theology and Religion.
Professor Agnew is currently participating in a three-year State Department partnership between Ball State and Quaid-i-Azam University in Pakistan to develop its American studies curriculum. She traveled with the initial delegation to Islamabad in November 2012 and is collaborating on academic programming for QAU graduate students, hosted at Ball State. In 2013, Professor Agnew participated in the NEH Summer Institute “India’s Past and the Making of the Present,” in New Delhi to explore questions of religion and national identity in South Asian context. Her earlier research has been supported by the American Association of University Women, the Free University of Berlin, and the Catholic University of Portugal.
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