John D. Carlson is Associate
Professor of Religious Studies at Arizona State University where he is also Associate
Director of the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict. His research
intersects religion, politics, and ethics, with particular emphasis on issues
of war and peace, religion and violence, human rights, and a variety of other
social and political issues.
John received his BA from
Vanderbilt University in political science and MA and PhD in religion and
ethics from The University of Chicago Divinity School.
He is coeditor of, and
contributor to, three books, most recently From
Jeremiad to Jihad: Religion,
Violence, and America (University of California Press, 2012). His other
books include The Sacred and the
Sovereign: Religion and International Politics (Georgetown, 2003) and Religion and the Death Penalty: A Call for
Reckoning (Eerdmans, 2004). He is also the author of two dozen journal
articles and book chapters—in addition to a number of shorter essays.
He is currently co-directing a Luce
Foundation-funded grant on Religion and Global Citizenship, a project exploring
the question of what duties citizens owe to others and whether and how religion
informs, expands, or limits those duties.
He is also a Commander in the US
Navy Reserve with over twenty years of combined active and reserve experience.
From 2014-15, he was deployed to Djibouti, East Africa where he served as the
military liaison to U.S. Embassy Djibouti. He is currently the commanding
officer of a US Pacific Fleet reserve unit in San Antonio, TX.
He is married with two young
sons and a very old dog.