College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences > Academics > Religious Studies > Faculty > David 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.
- Diplomacy and Religion - Ecological Sustainability
- Interreligious Engagement
- European Union Integration
- Jewish, Christian and Islamic Queer Theology
Courses Frequently Taught
REL 201 "Religion and Ethics I: Western Christian Ethics"
REL 190 "Interpreting Sacred Texts: through Queer Eyes"
LSP 112 "Focal Point Seminar: Abrahamic Paris"
REL 320 "Topics in Religious Ethics: Religion and Transnational Conflict Resolution"
REL 298 "Methods and Approaches to the Study of Religion"