Global Religion & American World-Making

Global Religion
Photo credit: Layne Mullett, American Friends Service Committee

An interdisciplinary conference examining how religion has shaped—and contested—the projection of U.S. power around the globe from the 19th century to the present

Friday and Saturday, April 8–9, 2022

McKenna Hall Conference Center
Rooms 215/216

Online registration is now closed. However, walk-in attendance is welcome for all lectures, roundtables, and panel sessions.

Virtual Keynote (Friday, April 8, 4:00–5:00 pm, McKenna Hall 215)

“Sinicization”: Chinese Government Threats to Religious Freedom under Xi Jinping

Dr. Sophie Richardson, China Director at Human Rights Watch

Roundtables and Panels (In-Person)

Roundtable I: "Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How?" Religion and U.S. Global Power (Friday, April 8, 2:00–3:45 pm, McKenna Hall 215)

John McGreevy, University of Notre Dame (moderator)

Elise Boxer, University of South Dakota

David Campbell, University of Notre Dame

Emily Conroy-Krutz, Michigan State University

Timothy Matovina, University of Notre Dame

Anthony Siracusa, University of Colorado Boulder

Roundtable II: Sources, Archives, and Methods: Uncovering Religion in Unexpected Places (Saturday, April 9, 9:00–10:30 am, McKenna Hall 215)

Jaime Pensado, University of Notre Dame (moderator)

Melissa Borja, University of Michigan

Darren Dochuk, University of Notre Dame

Perin Gürel, University of Notre Dame

Gema Kloppe-Santamaría, Loyola University Chicago

John N. Low, The Ohio State University–Newark

Panel 3A: Cold War Crusades: New Directions (Saturday, April 9, 10:45 am–12:00 pm, McKenna Hall 216)

Lauren Turek, Trinity University (commentator)

Susanna De Stradis, University of Notre Dame

Lauren Hamblen, University of Notre Dame

Benjamin J. Young, University of Notre Dame

Panel 3B: The Politics of Missions: Power, Encounters, and Memory (Saturday, April 9, 10:45 am–12:00 pm, McKenna Hall B001)

Heather Curtis, Tufts University (commentator)

Melissa Coles, University of Notre Dame

Hannah Peckham, University of Notre Dame

Ian Van Dyke, University of Notre Dame

Roundtable III: (How) Does Religion Really Matter? Religion, Secularization, and Global Power (Saturday, April 9, 2:00–3:30 pm, McKenna Hall 215)

Thomas Tweed, University of Notre Dame (moderator)

David P. King, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Karrie Koesel, University of Notre Dame

Mahan Mirza, University of Notre Dame

Kate Moran, St. Louis University

Atalia Omer, University of Notre Dame


  • Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, Henkels Lecture Fund
  • Keough School of Global Affairs
  • Department of History
  • Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism
  • Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies
  • Department of Political Science
  • Department of American Studies
  • Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion