James Wellman

James Wellman


Comparative religion, American religious culture, history and politics

James Wellman is Professor and Chair of the Comparative Religion Program in the Jackson School of International Studies. Teaching at the University of Washington since 2002, his areas of expertise are in American religious culture, history and politics. He teaches selected courses in the Nature and Study of Religion, Religion and Ecstasy, Religion, Violence, and Peace: Patterns across Time and Traditions, Issues in Religion and Human Security, and Comparative Fundamentalisms. His research specializes in the Theoretical study of religion and culture, religion and conflict, sociological aspects of religious experience, and intercultural conflict.


  • University of Chicago, Ph.D., 1995
  • Princeton Theological Seminary, MDiv, 1984
  • University of Washington, B.A., 1981