Kristy Slominski, Religious Studies,
Janiene Langford, History,

The Evangelical Studies RFG will pursue the study of evangelical Protestantism in its various past and present forms around the world. The term “evangelical” is being used broadly to encourage the study of the many Protestants who claim born-again experiences, are mission-minded, and adhere to some degree of literalism in their interpretations of the Bible. This broad definition includes the study of self-proclaimed evangelicals, fundamentalist Protestants, some conservative Christians who do not identify as evangelicals, and Pentecostals, although these groups are often considered separately in scholarship. By bringing the scholars of these various movements together, this group hopes to explore the similarities, as well as the major differences, between these highly influential religious movements.


Call for Papers
The University of California, Santa Barbara Evangelical Research Focus Group’s Graduate Student Conference April 24th, 2010
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“Pro-Life Feminism, Religion, and Campus Organizing”
Presentation by Professor Laury Oaks, UCSB Feminist Studies
November 19th, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
IHC Seminar Room (HSSB 6056)
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Professor Laury Oaks will be speaking about her research on pro-life feminist claims, with particular attention to how the pro-life feminist movement attempts to shape college students’ attitudes about abortion and understandings of feminism. Professor Oaks will also touch on issues of methodology and how to study a religious group “on the ground.” Much of her work has focused on these issues within the context of Ireland, which may be useful for those researching evangelical movements outside of the U.S. context.