Religious Studies Program
College of Liberal Arts
Robin Veldman’s research interests and teaching include examining how religious beliefs and cultural identity shape attitudes toward nature. Building on theory and methodologies from religious studies, her teaching and scholarship use the tools of the humanities and social sciences to interpret human-environmental interactions.
Veldman will study a phenomenon she calls ”incivil religion” — religious discourse that embraces incivility as its underlying mode of expression — with a focus on how this discourse portrays the environmental crisis, which may undermine the narrative of progress fundamental to discussions about America’s purpose and destiny.