Associate Professor of Religious Studies
Elizabeth Agnew received her PhD in Religious Studies from Indiana University in 1999. She earned a BA in History from Brown University and MA degrees in Religious Studies and History from Indiana University. Her teaching and research focus on religious diversity and identity in American culture, religious ethics, discourses and practices of nonviolence and war, and gender studies. She will be a Virginia Ball Center fellow in Spring 2018, leading the oral history project “Muslims in Muncie.”
Professor Agnew’s dissertation, published as From Charity to Social Work: Mary E. Richmond and the Creation of an American Profession (University of Illinois Press, 2004), was named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title in 2005. Related articles appear in Gender and the Social Gospel; Locus Soci@l: Journal of Social Work, Social Policy & Society; and American National Biography. Her research on the American peace activist Jane Addams appears in Soundings and in Peace & Change. Professor Agnew also has a longstanding interest in pedagogical questions. She authored “Needs and Nonviolent Communication in the Religious Studies Classroom” and “The Academic Study of Religion in the U.S. and Pakistan: A Comparative Perspective.”
From 2012-2015 Professor Agnew participated with a team of Ball State faculty in a U.S. State Department-funded partnership with Quaid-i-Azam University in Islamabad, Pakistan to advance its American Studies graduate program. She has participated in two NEH summer seminars addressing religious diversity in the U.S. (Boston College, 2007) and in India (New Delhi, 2013), and received support from the American Association of University Women, the Free University of Berlin, the Catholic University of Portugal, and the Dar al Islam Institute.
In Spring 2017, Professor Agnew received the Robert O. Foster Faculty/Professional Staff Award from the Ball State University Multicultural Center, in recognition of her dedication and service to students and support of the Center’s mission.