Following the campus guidelines for Coronavirus all UC Davis classes, lectures, seminars, labs and discussion sections will move to virtual instruction and remain virtual through the end of fall quarter 2020, including final exams. Given this, the department’s administrative functions have moved to remote work conditions. To contact staff members of the department via e-mail or phone, please go to our administrative staff contact page. 


Anthropology of religion is the study of religion in relation to other social institutions, and the comparison of religious beliefs and practices across cultures.

Just as it is in the world, our faculty and students approach religion from many angles, including everything from everyday practices to global processes, discursive traditions, secularisms, politics, medical practice, science and technology, urban spaces, nature and the environment, the philosophy of knowledge and epistemology, being and ontology, and the possibilities for a non-secular anthropology. On the graduate level students explore relations between religion broadly conceived and bodies, geographies, politics, traditions, and medias where its practice, thought, and experience are expressed and creatively emerging.