James Wellman

Professor, Chair - Comparative Religion
James Wellman


James Wellman is Professor and Chair of the Comparative Religion Program in the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. In 2017, he received a Five-Year Term Professorship in Global Christianity; this professorship supports his recent initiative to create a Center of Global Christian Studies in the Jackson School. He is also the director the new Carnegie grant on Cross Cultural Religious Literacy. His areas of expertise are in American religious culture, history, and politics. He also works on and teaches in religion and global issues, particularly related to religious violence, human security and US foreign policy. He has received numerous nominations for the Distinguished Teaching Award. Wellman’s publications include an award-winning book, The Gold Coast Church and the Ghetto: Christ and Culture in Mainline Protestantism (Illinois, 1999); edited volumes: Belief and Bloodshed: Religion and Violence Across Time and Tradition (Rowman and Littlefield, 2007), and Religion and Human Security: A Global Perspective (Oxford University Press, 2012). His 2008 monograph, Evangelical vs. Liberal: The Clash of Christian Cultures in the Pacific Northwest (Oxford University Press), received Honorable Mention for the Distinguished Book Award by the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion. In 2012, he published a biography on the megachurch pastor, Rob Bell and the New American Christianity. His forthcoming book, High on God: How the Megachurch Conquered America, will be published with Oxford University Press in 2019. Wellman can be followed on twitter at wellman4444. He is a regular blogger for Patheos.com and can be read at: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/jameswellman/.


  • University of Chicago, PhD , Religion and the Human Sciences, 1995
  • Princeton Theological Seminary, MDiv, Practical Theology, 1984
  • University of Washington, BA, With Distinction, English, Honors Program, 1981

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