Associate Professor of Religious Studies
Elizabeth Agnew received her Ph.D. in religious studies in 1999 from Indiana University, after earning M.A.s in religious studies and history from IU, and a B.A. in history from Brown University. Dr. Agnew works in the areas of Religion in American Culture, Religion and Social Ethics, and Gender Issues in Religion. Her research focuses on religious and secular discourses in American social reform, with particular attention to themes of needs and rights, and of peace. Her research on the social work and social reform leader Mary Richmond appears in the edited collection Gender and the Social Gospel (Illinois, 2003) and in her book From Charity to Social Work: Mary Richmond and the Creation of an American Profession (Illinois, 2004). The latter was named a Choice 2005 “Outstanding Academic Title.” Subsequent articles include “Meeting Needs, Promoting Peace: Jane Addams and Her 21st Century Counterparts” in Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 90 (3-4), 2007; and “Can You Hear Me Now? The Element of Listening in Positive Peace,” in Katy Gray Brown and Michael Brown, eds., Nonviolence: Critiquing Assumptions, Examining Frameworks (Rodopi, forthcoming). Dr. Agnew has taught Religions in American Culture, American Religious Thought, Religions of the World, and Theory and Method in the Study of Religion. She currently teaches Introduction to Religion in Culture; Religion and Social Issues in the U.S.; Religion, Philanthropy, and Justice; and Women, Gender and Religion.