Richard Bohannon

Degrees and Post Graduate Research

  • Ph.D in Religion and Society, Drew University
  • M. Phil in Religion and Society
  • M.A in Theological studies, Andover Newton Theological School  

Research Interests

  • Religion and Nature
  • Religion and Urban Planning
  • Urban Environments
  • Civil Religion
  • Environmental Justice Movement
  • Secularization

Recent Publications

  • Religions and Environments: A Bloomsbury Reader. New York: Bloomsbury Academic (forthcoming in 2013)
  • Public Religion and Urban Environment: Constructing a River Town. New York: Continuum (2012)
  • Grounding Religion: A Field guide to Religion and Ecology.Co-Editor, with Whitney Baumanand Kevin O'Brien, New York: Routledge (2011)
  • Inherited Land: The Changing Grounds of Religion and Ecology,Co-Editor, with Whitney Bauman and Kevin O'Brien, Eugene, OR: Pickwick (2011

Recent Presentations

  • "Acts of God and Acts of Nature." Society for the Scientific study of Religion, Milwaukee, WI
  • "What Counts as a city? Reflections on religion and the city in a globalizing world." American Academy of Religion, Atlanta, GA
  • "Religion and the Urban Apocalypse." Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences, Madison, WI
  • "Urban Natures ." and "Saving the World (and the People in it,too): Ambiguities in the Relationship between Religion and Environmental Justice." (with Kevin O'Brien). Inherited Land: The Changing Grounds of Religion and Ecology, Florida International University, Miami Florida.
  • "Theodicy in the Public Square: Questioning the City in the Aftermath of Disaster." American Academyof Religion, Chicago, IL
  • "Toxic Waste and Race: Religious Activism and Secularization." Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Louisville, KY.

 Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Religion
  • Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences
  • International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture
  • Society for the Scientific Study of Religion


  • ENVR 150: Intro to Environmental Studies
  • ENVR 215: Sustainability Workshop
  • ENVR 300: God and Nature: Religions and Environments in the West
  • ENVR 300: Environmental Justice
  • THEO 111: The Biblical Tradition