Mark Juergensmeyer


Contact Phone

Fax: (805) 893-4718

Office Location

SSMS 2107


Global Studies
Religious Studies

Founder and Former Director
Orfalea Center for Global & International Studies


Mark Juergensmeyer is director of the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies, professor of sociology, and affiliate professor of religious studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is an expert on religious violence, conflict resolution and South Asian religion and politics, and has published more than two hundred articles and twenty books, including the recently-released Global Rebellion: Religious Challenges to the Secular State (University of California Press 2008). His widely-read Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence (University of California Press, revised edition 2003), is based on interviews with religious activists around the world--including individuals convicted of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, leaders of Hamas, and abortion clinic bombers in the United States--and was listed by the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times as one of the best nonfiction books of the year. A previous book, The New Cold War? Religious Nationalism Confronts the Secular State (University of California Press, 1993) covers the rise of religious activism and its confrontation with secular modernity. It was named by the New York Times as one of the notable books of the year. His book on Gandhian conflict resolution has been reprinted as Gandhi's Way (University of California Press, Updated Edition, 2005), and was selected as Community Book of the Year at the University of California, Davis. He has edited the Oxford Handbook of Global Religion (Oxford University Press 2006) and Religion in Global Civil Society (Oxford University Press 2005), and is co-editing The Encyclopedia of Global Religions (Sage Publications 2008) and The Encyclopedia of Global Studies (Sage Publications 2009). His 2006 Stafford Little Lectures at Princeton University, God and War, will be published by Princeton University Press.

Juergensmeyer has received research fellowships from the Wilson Center in Washington D.C., the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the U.S. Institute of Peace, and the American Council of Learned Societies. He is the 2003 recipient of the prestigious Grawemeyer Award for contributions to the study of religion, and is the 2004 recipient of the Silver Award of the Queen Sofia Center for the Study of Violence in Spain. He received an Honorary Doctorate from Lehigh University in 2004, a Distinguished Teaching Award from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2006, and the Unitas Distinguished Alumnus Award from Union Theological Seminary, New York, in 2007. He was elected president of the American Academy of Religion, and chairs the working group on Religion and International Affairs for the national Social Science Research Council. Since the events of September 11 he has been a frequent commentator in the news media, including CNN, NBC, CBS, BBC, NPR, Fox News, ABC's Politically Incorrect, and CNBC's Dennis Miller Show.


Current Positions

Professor of Sociology (since 1993), Global Studies (since 1998), and Religious Studies (since 2002)

Director, Orfalea Center for Global & International Studies (since 2005)

Previous Positions

Director, Global & International Studies (1995-2005) University of California, Santa Barbara

Chair, Pacific Rim Research Program, Univ of California system (1994-97)

Dean, Asian and Pacific Studies, and Professor of Religion and Political Science, University of Hawaii (1989-93)

Coordinator, Religious Studies Program, Univ of California, Berkeley, Professor and Director, Comparative Religion, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley (1974-89)


University of California, Berkeley (Political Science; PhD, 1974 and MA, 1968)

Union Theological Seminary, New York City (Ethics; MDiv, 1965)

Columbia University (School of International Affairs, 1963-65)

Univ of Illinois, Urbana (Philosophy, BA distinction, 1962)

Honors, Fellowships, Grants

International Fellow, Columbia University, 1963-65

Visiting Professor, Punjab University (India) 1970-71

Indo-American Fellowship (Fulbright) India, 1978

American Institute of Indian Studies, Senior Research Grant, India, 1979, 1983, 1985 and 1986

Co-Director, NEH Berkeley-Harvard Program in Comparative Religion (1979-84)
and NEH Berkeley-Chicago-Harvard Program (1984-89)

Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Smithsonian Institution), 1986

Distinguished Visiting Professor, Univ of California-Santa Cruz, 1988

Fellow, Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, 1988-90

Fellow, U. S. Institute of Peace, 1989-91

Fellow, American Council of Learned Societies, 1996

Halle Distinguished Visiting Professor of Global Learning, Emory University, 2002

Elected Member, Pacific Council, Los Angeles, 2002

Grawemeyer Award in Religion, 2003

Silver Medal, Queen Sofia Center for the Study of Conflict, Valencia, Spain, 2004

Honorary Doctorate, Lehigh University, 2004

Media Appearances


CNN Evening News, CNN International News, CNN The Point; ABC News, ABC Politically Incorrect; NBC News; CBS Evening News; Fox News; MSNBC News Special; MSNBC Dan Abrams Report; CNBC Dennis Miller Show; NHK (Japan) News Special; local interviews in New York, Washington, Atlanta, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Santa Barbara, Oslo, Jakarta, Delhi, Tokyo, Valencia, Madrid, Berlin, Rome, Milan, and elsewhere.


NPR All Things Considered; BBC; Australian, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, and Brazilian radio, and approximately 150 local and syndicated news and talk shows.

Languages Studied

Hindi, Panjabi, Urdu, German, Latin


Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence, third edition (Univ of California Press, 2003); first edition, 2000; paperback edition, 2001; India edition, 2001 (Oxford Univ Press); Spanish edition, 2001, Italian edition, 2003 (G. Laterza, Publisher); French edition, 2003; Japanese edition, 2003; German edition, 2004; Indonesian edition, 2005.

The New Cold War? Religious Nationalism Confronts the Secular State (University of California Press, 1993); paperback edition, 1994; Japanese edition, 1995; India edition, (Oxford 1995); Indonesian edition, 1998.

Gandhi's Way: A Handbook of Conflict Resolution (Univ of California Press, Updated Edition, 2005). Revised edition of Fighting With Gandhi (Harper and Row, 1984); paperback edition published as Fighting Fair, 1986.

Global Religions: An Introduction (editor), Oxford University Press, New York, 2003.

Religion in Global Civil Society (editor), (Oxford University Press, 2005).

A Handbook of Global Religions (editor), (Oxford University Press, forthcoming in 2006).

Violence and the Sacred in the Modern World (Editor), (London: Frank Cass, 1992).

Radhasoami Reality: The Logic of a Modern Faith (Princeton University Press, 1991); paperback edition, 1995.

A Bibliographic Guide to the Comparative Study of Ethics (Co-editor) (Cambridge University Press, 1991).

Teaching the Introductory Course in Religious Studies (Editor) (Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1991).

Imagining India: Essays on Indian History by Ainslie Embree (Editor) (Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1989).

Songs of the Saints of India (Co-translator) (New York: Oxford University Press), 1988.

Religion as Social Vision: The Movement Against Untouchability in 20th Century Punjab (Berkeley: Univ of California Press, 1982); Revised edition, Religious Rebels in the Punjab (New Delhi: Ajanta, 1988).

Sikh Studies: Comparative Perspectives on a Changing Tradition (co-editor) (Berkeley: Religious Studies Series and New Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 1979).

Encyclopedia of Global Religion (Co-editor) (Sage Publications, forthcoming).

Other publications:

Approximately 200 journal articles, booklets, encyclopedia entries, and chapters in books; 300 papers and addresses delivered at academic conferences.

Book series editor:

Comparative Studies in Religion and Society (University of California Press); The Life of Religion (University of California Press).

Journal editorial board member of:

Culture and Society; Global Networks; Religion; Journal of the American Academy of Religion; Contagion: Journal of Violence, Memesis, and Culture; International Journal of Studies in Religion; The Journal of Religion and Society; Punjab Journal of Politics; Journal of Punjab Studies.