Religion & American Culture: A Journal of Interpretation

Edited by Julie Byrne, Thomas J. Davis, Tracy Fessenden, Philip Goff, Laura Levitt, Elaine Peña Matthew Avery Sutton, Peter J. Thuesen, and Joseph L. Tucker Edmonds, this semiannual publication explores the interplay between religion and other spheres of American culture. The journal embraces a diversity of methodological approaches and theoretical perspectives. Although concentrated on specific topics, articles illuminate larger patterns, implications, or contexts of American life. Religion and American Culture is devoted to promoting the ongoing scholarly discussion of the nature, terms, and dynamics of religion in America.

Applying to the Young Scholars Program

  Scholars eligible to apply are those working in a subfield of the area of religion in North America, broadly understood, who have a terminal degree in hand, a full-time academic position (tenure track or renewable long-term), and have launched their careers within the last seven years. Scholars are selected with the understanding that they will commit to the program for all seminar dates. Participants are expected to produce two course syllabi, with justification of teaching approach, and a publishable research article over the course of their seminars.

  Applicants must submit (a) a curriculum vitae; (b) a 750-word essay indicating why they are interested in participating and describing their current and projected research and teaching interests; and (c) email information for at least two scholars willing to write letters of reference (portfolios with generic reference letters are not accepted).

   All application materials, including letters of recommendation, must be received by August 5th. Please note that the Center will not request supporting letters until after the application is submitted and plan accordingly. The dates for the YSAR seminars will be:

  • Session I: October 17th-19th, 2024
  • Session II: April 24th-26th, 2025
  • Session III: October 9th-12th, 2025
  • Session IV: April 16th-19th, 2026

  Also, participants will also be expected to join 3 virtual meetings.


Submission Guidelines for Religion & American Culture: A Journal of Interpretation 

The editors of Religion and American Culture: A Journal of Interpretation welcome submission of articles that deal with religion in its American contexts from diverse methodological approaches and theoretical perspectives. Although articles may deal with specifically focused topics, events or persons, they should be written in a way that casts light on broad patterns or implications of American life. Articles should be fully documented and contain a clear thesis or argument. Articles should be based on original research and must contradict, complicate, or significantly extend our current understanding of the relationship between religion and other aspects of American culture.

Manuscripts will not be considered for publication that are currently under consideration by other journals or presses or if they have been published, or are soon to be published, elsewhere. If the manuscript is accepted for publication, its appearance in Religion and American Culture must precede publication elsewhere.

All manuscript submissions should conform to the latest edition of The Chicago Manual of Style. Endnotes are preferred to footnotes. Do not use parenthetical citations.

All articles submitted to Religion and American Culture must include an abstract, no longer than 250 words, on the first page of the manuscript. The abstract should not merely tell what the article is about. It should also state the problem being addressed, the thesis being argued, and the type of evidence being employed.

Manuscripts generally should be 25-35 pages in length, double-spaced.

Because submissions are double-anonymously evaluated at several levels, the abstract, pages (including title page), and notes should not include author identification.Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to reprint extracts and reproduce illustrations. The permissions must be supplied with the final manuscript, if accepted for publication. All necessary credits and acknowledgments must be included.

R&AC accepts only electronic submissions in Word format.

Please address all queries and editorial correspondence to:

Religion & American Culture