James Wellman

Chair of Comparative Religion, Jackson School of International Studies
James Wellman



James Wellman Jr. is professor and chair of the comparative religion program in the Jackson School of International Studies. His areas of expertise are American religious culture, history and politics, and he also works on religious and global issues related to violence and human security. Wellman’s publications include The Gold Coast Church and the Ghetto: Christ and Culture in Mainline Protestantism; Belief and Bloodshed: Religion and Violence Across Time and Tradition; Religion and Human Security: A Global Perspective; and Rob Bell and a New American Christianity. His 2008 monograph Evangelical vs. Liberal: The Clash of Christian Cultures in the Pacific Northwest received honorable mention for the Distinguished Book Award by the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion.


  • University of Chicago, PhD in Religion and the Human Sciences