Dusty Hoesly is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, specializing in Religions of North America.  His research focuses on religion and irreligion in the American West, specifically the values held by people who self-describe as not religious, how those values developed, how they translate into social or political action, and how irreligious people interpret experiences that stand apart from ordinary life.  Incorporating fieldwork, surveys, and historical and material culture research, this project will help explain the growth of religious “nones” in the U.S. and reexamine the categories of sacred and secular in contemporary society.  Other research interests include religion in the American West, comparative secularisms, liberal evangelicalism, and religion and politics.

Work for the RSP

The Last Best Hope of Earth? Bron Taylor and the Limits of Dark Green Religion (Essay)

Michele Dillon on Habermas, Religion and the Post-Secular (Interview)

Religion, Secularism and the Chaplaincy (Essay)

Baby Boomers, Quest Culture, and Spiritual Seeking: An Interview with Wade Clark Roof (Interview)