Associate Professor, Jackson School of International Studies
University of Washington
James Wellman is Associate Professor and Chair of the Comparative Religion at the Jackson School of International Studies. He teaches in the area of American religious culture, history and politics. He has published an award-winning book, The Gold Church and the Ghetto: Christ and Culture in Mainline Protestantism (Illinois 1999). He has published two edited volumes, The Power of Religious Publics: Staking Claims in American Society (Praegers 1999); the second edited volume, Belief and Bloodshed: Religion and Violence Across Time and Tradition (Rowman and Littlefied, 2007). His most recent book is Evangelical vs. Liberal: The Clash of Christian Cultures in the Pacific Northwest published by Oxford University Press. This book comes from research on 34 vital evangelical and liberal Protestant congregations in the Pacific Northwest. He seeks to understand and explain the rise and vitality of churched religion in a traditionally unchurched region. He is the project director of a grant from the Luce Foundation on “Religion and Human Security.” He will edit a volume on the impact of religious non-state actors on the quality of life in human populations.