John Carlson


John Carlson (Ph.D., University of Chicago) is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Arizona State University where he also serves as Associate Director of the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict. His research shows how religious and ethical inquiry renews our understanding of political life. He has written on such issues as human rights, war crimes tribunals, capital punishment, and just war thought. He is coeditor of, and contributor to, The Sacred and the Sovereign: Religion and International Politics and Religion and the Death Penalty: A Call for Reckoning. He has published (or has forthcoming) articles in Journal of Religious Ethics, Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, Religion and Human Rights and is series editor (with Jean Bethke Elshtain) of the Eerdmans Religion, Ethics, and Public Life Series. He also received an Erasumus Fellowship from the University of Notre Dame in 2004. His current book project is a study of how ideas of human nature and God shape our political beliefs about justice.


Associate Professor of
Religious Studies