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Associate Professor of the Sociology of Religion and Environmental Studies
Areas of expertise: Animals, immigrants and religion, evangelicalism, the food movement, race and environmental justice, religion, religion and ecology, religion and science, religion and social movements, religious economic fossil-free divestment, religious environmentalism and anti-environmentalism, responses to climate change and air pollution, sociology of religion
Laurel Kearns is professor of sociology of religion and environmental studies, and has studied religious involvement in environmental movements since the mid 1980s. Her concern for environmental issues and climate change stems from growing up on a west coast Florida island. Her work has appeared in edited volumes and journals, and she has lectured widely. She is co-founder of the Green Seminary Initiative, which seeks to help theological education include ecological and environmental justice awareness in preparing tomorrow’s religious leaders.