Sarah Pike

Sarah Pike

PhD Indiana University
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My training is in religion in America and my research and teaching blend ethnographic and historical methods and materials with an ongoing interest in media and popular culture. In my courses I explore the relationship between religion and ethnicity, identity and cultural expression. I am particularly interested in points of conflict and tension within and between religious communities. My teaching responsibilities have included RELS 224 Religion and America's Ethnic Minorities, RELS 257 The End of the World, RELS 322 Religion in America, RELS 325 American Indian Worldviews, RELS 332, World Religions and Global Issues, RELS 339 Confronting the Animal, and RS 482, the senior seminar, on topics including "Cults" and New Religions, Religion and Animals, Religion, Nature and Environmentalism, and Religion and Societal Institutions.

My research has focused on ritual studies and new religious movements and I have written numerous books, articles and book reviews on topics including the New Age movement and the Burning Man festival. Much of my current research focuses on the relationship between humans and the natural environment. My ethnography of contemporary Pagan festivals, Earthly Bodies, Magical Selves: Contemporary Pagans and the Search for Community, was published by the University of California Press in 2001 and New Age and Neopagan Religions in America was published by Columbia University Press in the Contemporary American Religion Series in 2004. It was named a Choice “Outstanding Academic Tile.” I am currently writing about mourning rites at the Burning Man festival and working on a book-length project about religion, radical environmentalism, and youth culture, Internal Revolutions: Ritual and the Emotional Lives of Radical Environmentalists.