Brian C. Wilson

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Brian C. Wilson
Professor, American Religious History and Graduate Advisor
Office: 
(269) 387-4361
Location: 
2011 Moore Hall, Mail Stop 5320
Mailing address: 
Department of Comparative Religion
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5320 USA
Education: 
  • Ph.D./M.A., Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1996
  • M.A., Hispanic Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies, 1990
  • B.S., Medical Microbiology, Stanford University, 1982
Teaching interests: 
  • American religious history
  • New religious movements
  • Religion in the Midwest and in the Yankee Diaspora
  • Theory and method in the academic study of religion
Research interests: 
  • American religious history and new religious movements
  • Religion in the Midwest and in the Yankee Diaspora
  • Theory and method in the academic study of religion
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Professor Wilson earned a B.S. in Medical Microbiology from Stanford University (1982), and, after a stint in the Peace Corps (Honduras, Dominican Republic [1982-1986]), went on to earn an M.A. in Hispanic Studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies (1990) and an M.A./Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara (1991/1996). Professor Wilson routinely teaches REL 3015: Christianity in the United States and REL 3145: New Religious Movements for undergraduates (a course now available on-line). Beginning Spring 2014, Professor Wilson will also be offering REL 5000: Religion and Alternative Medicine as part of the new on-line Graduate Certificate in Spirituality, Culture, and Health. Professor Wilson's areas of research include religion in American Religious History; New Religious Movements; Religion in the Midwest and in the Yankee Diaspora; and Theory and Method in the Academic Study of Religion. His latest book project is the spiritual biography of John E. Fetzer supported by a grant from the Fetzer Institute.