Policy report

Religion Beyond Memes: Enhancing Public Discourse About Faith and Practice

Author: Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion

Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion, Keough School of Global Affairs, December 2021

This conference report is based on the third of a series of conferences dedicated to “Changing the Conversation about Religion,” organized by the Contending Modernities research initiative within the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, part of the University of Notre Dame’s Keough School...

Topics: Religion

Working paper

Estimating the Effect of Christian Messages on Civic Engagement: Evidence from a Community-Collaborative Study in Zambia

Authors: Elizabeth Sperber, Gwyneth McClendon, O'Brien Kaaba

Kellogg Institute, April 2021

A significant literature suggests that religious conviction can drive political participation, perhaps because religious people internalize a moral obligation to act toward the common good and/or because religious conviction gives people a sense that their actions will make a difference. This paper presents findings...

Topics: Culture & Society, Religion

Policy report

The Role of Religious Engagement in Implementing the Global Fragility Act

Authors: Gerard Powers, Ebrahim Moosa, R. Scott Appleby

Keough School of Global Affairs, September 2020

The bipartisan Global Fragility Act of 2019 mandates strategic coordination across the federal government to strengthen the capacity of the United States to prevent violence and increase stability in areas of the world most vulnerable to conflict. Key agencies must jointly establish a comprehensive...

Topics: Religion

Working paper

What Stymies Action on Climate Change? Religious Institutions, Marginalization, and Efficacy in Kenya?

Authors: Lauren Honig, Amy Erica Smith, Jaimie Bleck

Kellogg Institute, July 2020

Low-income countries of the Global South will be hardest hit as Earth’s climate changes, yet fear of climate change often fails to stimulate activism among their citizens. We foreground efficacy—a belief that one’s actions can create political change—as a critical link in transforming concern...

Topics: Religion, Sustainability