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Evan Berry

Assistant Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4302
Asst Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4302
Senior Sustainability Scholar
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4302
Biography

Evan Berry is an assistant professor of environmental humanities in the School of History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies at Arizona State University. He has previously taught at American University and Lewis and Clark College. His research examines the relationship between religion and the public sphere in contemporary societies, with special attention to the way religious ideas and organizations are mobilized in response to climate change and other global environmental challenges. Berry is the author of "Devoted to Nature: The Religious Roots of American Environmentalism" (University of California Press, 2015), which traces the influence of Christian theology on the environmental movement in the United States. Berry recently spent a year as a Franklin Fellow at the State Department’s Office of Religion and Global Affairs as the American Academy of Religion’s inaugural Religion and International Relations Fellow. He also serves as the president elect of the International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture and as the chair of the American Academy of Religion's Committe for the Public Understanding of Religion. 

Education
  • Ph.D. Religious Studies, University of California-Santa Barbara 2008
  • M.A. Religious Studies, University of California-Santa Barbara 2003
  • B.A. Religion, The Colorado College 1999
Research Interests

Berry's research examines the relationship between religion and the environment, with special attention to the ways that religion is brought to bear on political contestations about climate change and other global sustainability challenges. With respect to the mounting ecological pressures facing societies around the planet, religion is a fundamentally ambivalent category of analysis. By mapping the uneven, unsystematic, and extraordinarily diverse range of religious responses to climate change and other global environmental challenges, his research seeks to better understand the ways that religious ideas, practices, and forms of political authority are constructed and enacted in response to evolving historical conditions. 

Publications

Monograph

Devoted to Nature: The Religious Roots of American Environmentalism (Berkeley: University of​ California Press, 2015)

Edited Volumes

Church, Cosmovision, and the Environment: Religion and Social Conflict in Contemporary Latin America, co-edited with Rob Albro (London: Routledge, 2018)

Climate Politics and the Power of Religion (under contract with Indiana University Press,​ anticipated 2020)

Chapters in Edited Volumes

“Religion and Energy” in the Routledge Handbook on Energy Humanities, Janet Stewart and Graeme​Macdonald, eds. (London: Routledge, forthcoming 2020)

“The Right Climate: Political Opportunities for Religious Engagement in Climate Policy” in ​Climate Politics and the Power of Religion (Indiana University Press, forthcoming 2020)

“Climate Change and Global Religious Pluralism” in Emergent Religious Pluralisms, John Fahy, Jan ​Bock, and Sami Everett, eds. (London: Palgrave, 2019)

Transnational Religious Advocacy Networks in Latin America and Beyond” in Churches and Cosmologies: Religion, Environment, and Social Conflict in Contemporary Latin ​America, Evan Berry and Rob Albro, eds. (London: Routledge, 2018)

“Nature Religion and the Problem of Authenticity” in Inherited Land: The Changing Ground of Religion and Ecology, W. Bauman, R. Bohannon, and K. O’Brien, eds. 18-41 (Eugene: Pickwick, 2011).

“Nature” in Religion and Everyday Life and CultureRichard Hecht and Vincent Biondo, eds. 741-763 (Santa Barbara: Praeger) 2009.

“Epilogue” in Death and Religion in a Changing World, K. Garces-Foley, ed. 305-312 (Armonk: M.E. Sharpe) 2005.

Journal Articles 
Religion and Climate Change” (co-authored with Willis Jenkins) Annual Review of Environment ​and Resources 43 (2018)

Religion and Nature in a Globalizing World” (editorial introduction for eponymous special ​issue) Religions 8 (2017)

Religion and Climate Change: A Survey of Social Scientific Scholarship” Religious Studies Review ​42:2 (June 2016) 74-82.

Scalar Issues in Climate Ethics” Philosophy and Public Policy Quarterly 33:1 (Spring 2015)

Religion and the Politics of Global Sustainability: Some Basic Findings from Rio+20” ​Worldviews: Global Religions, Culture, and Ecology 18:3 (2014) 269-288.

Religious Environmentalism and Environmental Religion in America” Religion Compass 13 ​(Spring 2013)

Ecotopian Exceptionalism” (Secondary Author with James Proctor) Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture, 5:2 (June 2011) 145-163.

Imagining Ecotopia” (primary author and special issue guest editor with James Proctor) Journal ​for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture, 5:2 (June 2011) 121-125.