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Kerry Archer Mitchell

Assistant Professor and Director, Comparative Religion and Culture Program

B.A., Indiana UniversityM.A., University of California (Santa Barbara)Ph.D., University of California (Santa Barbara)


Kerry Mitchell serves as the director of the Comparative Religion and Culture Program. Before coming to LIU Global, he earned a B.A. in religious studies and French at Indiana University in 1994 and then spent two years in Europe at the Université des Sciences Humaines de Strasbourg in France and the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg in Germany, studying philosophy and literature. Returning to the United States, he pursued graduate studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he earned an M.A. (1998) and a Ph.D. (2008) in religious studies.

Dr. Mitchell is an experienced teacher who has worked with undergraduates since 1997, with particular skills in social scientific and anthropological approaches to the study of religion. While his research and publication centers on religion and nature in contemporary America, his teaching focuses on the theory and practice of cultural comparison. Traveling with and teaching students as they journey together to Taiwan, Thailand, India and Turkey, Dr. Mitchell helps students put their diverse experiences into a common language that allows them to communicate the skills and capacities they have built. He taught at the University of California, Santa Barbara (1997-2001), and the College of Charleston (2004-2007) before joining LIU Global in 2007.


Comparative Religion, Theory and Method in the Study of Religion, Religion in America


Author, "The Politics of Spirituality: Liberalizing the Definition of Religion," published in Secularism and Religion-Making
Author, "Religious Prejudice: Anti-Cult," published in The Encyclopedia of Religion in America
Author, "Japan," published in The Encyclopedia of Religion and Film
Author, "Managing Spirituality: Public Religion and National Parks," published in International Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture
Author, "'The Soul of Things:' Spirituality and Interpretation in National Parks," published in Epoche
Co-author, article published in Global Citizens: the Soka Gakkai Buddhist Movement in the World
Author, "Temperance," published in Contemporary American Religion


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Recipient, Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Member Award, College of Charleston
Recipient, Certificate of Recognition, College of Charleston

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