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David Joseph Wellman

David Joseph Wellman’s work focuses on the relationship between diplomacy and religion, ecological sustainability 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's current book project focuses 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 Parisian citizen diplomats, and its implications for the future of the European Union.

Research Interests
- Diplomacy and Religion 
- Ecological Sustainability​
- Interreligious Engagement
- European Union Integration
- Jewish, Christian and Islamic Queer Theology

Courses Frequently Taught
 REL 201  Christian Ethics
 REL 190  Interpreting Sacred Texts: With Queer Eyes