Philosophy and World Religions

Faculty: Michael Graziano



Bartlett 2083

(319) 273-2507

Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D., Religion, Florida State University

Research and Teaching Interests:

Religion and Law, Religion and Education, Religion and National Security, Theory and Method in the Study of Religion

Regularly Taught Classes:

Religions of the World

Religion and Law

Religion and Popular Culture

Religion and Public Schools

Religion and Race (Spring 2021)

Humanities III

In Process 

I am currently working on a book manuscript tentatively titled Religion and the Birth of the American Intelligence State.

Selected Publications:

"Studying Religion with William Donovan and the Office of Strategic Services," in Spy Chiefs: Intelligence Leaders in the United States and United Kingdom (ed. Ioanna Iordanou, Christopher Moran, Paul Maddrell, and Mark Stout (Georgetown University Press, 2018)

"Race, Religion, and the Law," in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Religion in America (2017)

"America's 'Peculiar Children': Authority and Christian Nationalism at Antebellum West Point," Religions 8:1 (2017)

“Who are ‘the Nones’?” and “What ways can religion be legally discussed in public schools?,” in Religion in 5 Minutes: Scholars Answer Your Questions, ed. Russell T. McCutcheon and Aaron Hughes (Equinox, 2017)

"William Donovan, the Office of Strategic Services, and Catholic Intelligence Sources during World War II," U.S. Catholic Historian (Fall 2015)

"Stories the State Tells Itself: the Supreme Court and 'Religion' since 1947," in Decentering Discussions on Religion and State: Emerging Narratives, Challenging Perspectives, ed. Sargon George Donabed and Autumn Quezada-Grant (Lexington Books, 2015): 67-82