What is the RSP?

The Religious Studies Project (RSP) is an international collaborative enterprise producing weekly podcasts and resources on the social-scientific and critical study of religion.

Since January 2012 we have released over 370 podcasts, along with response essays broadening the conversation, with religious studies scholars on cutting-edge theoretical, methodological, and empirical issues. And, as of August 2021, we have over 1 million unique episode downloads.

On our website, you can also find teaching resources for using our podcasts to learn more about religious studies, and our weekly digest of opportunities (including job postings, journal CFPs, conference announcements, and funding sources).

The RSP is a non-profit charitable organisation supported by the following organisations

But we always need your financial support so we can keep our episodes free. You can contribute by using our Amazon Associates links to shop or with a one-time or monthly donation.

Unless otherwise stated, all RSP material is disseminated under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. and can be distributed and utilised freely, provided full citation is given.

The views expressed in podcasts, features, and responses are the views of their individual contributors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the RSP or our sponsors.

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Meet the Team

Managing Editors

Andie Alexander
Andie Alexander

Emory University, USA

David McConeghy
David McConeghy

Springfield College, USA

Editors-in-Chief

Christopher R Cotter
Christopher R Cotter

University of Edinburgh

David G. Robertson
David G. Robertson

The Open University, UK

Editorial Team

Ella Bock
Ella Bock

Lewis & Clark College, USA (Opps Digest)

Allison B. Isidore
Allison B. Isidore

New Jersey, USA (Video Editor)

Candace Mixon
Candace Mixon

Occidental College, USA (Social Media Editor)

Savannah H. Finver
Savannah H. Finver

Ohio State University, USA (Features Editor)

Alex Matthews
Alex Matthews

Edinbugrh, UK (Audio Editor)

Editorial Assistants

Jacob Barrett
Jacob Barrett

Univesrity of Alabama, USA (Intern, Spr. 2022)

Jacob Noblett
Jacob Noblett

New York University, USA (Transcripts & Audio)

Associate Editors

Sidney Castillo
Sidney Castillo

University of Helsinki, FIN (Interviews)

Breann Fallon
Breann Fallon

Sydney Jewish Museum, AUS (Interviews)

Ray Kim
Ray Kim

Georgetown University, USA (Interviews)

Raymond Radford
Raymond Radford

University of Sydney, Australia (Social Media)

Maxinne Connolly-Panagopoulus
Maxinne Connolly-Panagopoulus

Georgetown University, USA (Interviews)

Daniel Gorman, Jr.
Daniel Gorman, Jr.

University of Rochester, USA (Interviews)

Ben Marcus
Ben Marcus

Yale University, USA (Interviews)

RSP History

The RSP was launched in 2012 by Christopher R. Cotter (University of Edinburgh) and David G. Robertson (The Open University) to bring contemporary issues in RS to a wider audience and provide a resource for undergraduate students of RS, their teachers, and interested members of the public.

Their aim was to provide engaging, concise, and reliable accounts of the most important concepts, traditions, scholars and methodologies in the contemporary study of religion, without pushing a religious or nonreligious agenda or resorting to presenting “fact files” about “World Religions”.

We are eternally grateful for the support of dozens of staff members and hundreds of contributors, and would like to acknowledge the hard work of our former editorial team members:

What's an SCIO?

The Religious Studies Project is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organization (SCIO) devoted to producing engaging and accessible resources for the contemporary study of religion.

In September 2017, The Religious Studies Project Association (the organisation behind the scenes at the RSP) became The Religious Studies Project Association [SCIO] . This meant the production of a constitution, the appointment of trustees, and a whole lot more. 

A pdf version of the constitution of The Religious Studies Project Association [SCIO] is available.

The trustees of the SCIO are: