David Joseph Wellman’s work focuses on the relationship between religion and
diplomacy, ecological ethics and interreligious engagement. He is the author of Sustainable Diplomacy: Ecology, Religion and Ethics in Muslim-Christian Relations (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and Sustainable Communities (Geneva: World Council of Churches, 2001). Wellman's writing on diplomacy was used as the basis for an international conference, whose outcome was the collaborative volume Sustainable Diplomacies, edited by Costas Constantinou and James Der Derian, (Basingstroke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010). His more recent work has focused on European Union integration, track-two diplomacy and the role of religious culture in building bridges across boundaries of difference. Wellman is currently working on a book on interreligious engagement in Paris, provisionally entitled Abrahamic Paris: Citizen Diplomacy in the Building of Bridges Among
Jews, Christians, Muslims and Atheists in the City of Light. In it he
examines how the histories of these four traditions have prepared their
adherents to constructively engage the Other, the work of interreligious citizen
diplomacy in Paris, and its implications for the future of the European Union.
- Religion and Diplomacy
- Ecological Ethics
- Interreligious Engagement
- European Union Integration
- Jewish, Christian and Islamic Queer Theology
Courses Frequently Taught
- CTH 246/ REL 201 "Religion and Ethics I: Western Christian Ethics"
- LGQ 397/ REL 190 "Interpreting Sacred Texts: through Queer Eyes"
- LSP 112 "Focal Point Seminar: Abrahamic Paris"
- PSC 349/ REL 320 "Topics in Religious Ethics: Religion and Transnational Conflict Resolution"
- REL 298 "Methods and Approaches to the Study of Religion"