The Lubar Institute for the Study of the Abrahamic Religions closed in June 2016. This web site will not be updated, and remains online as part of the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s public archive.
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Deepest thanks to all the Lubar Institute staff over the years, who contributed their energy, creativity, and professionalism to its endeavors.

Charles Cohen Charles L. Cohen
Director; Professor of History and Religious Studies
4115 Mosse Humanities Building | (608) 263-1956
Office Hours: by appointment

Charles L. Cohen is E. Gordon Fox Professor of American Institutions. A specialist in colonial British North America and early American religious history, he received the Allan Nevins Prize of the Society for American Historians for his work on the psychology of Puritan religious experience and since 2008 has been a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians. He has won the Emil Steiger Distinguished Teaching Award and a Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Award from UW–Madison. Prior to becoming the Lubar Institute’s founding director, he ran UW–Madison’s Religious Studies Program. He is co-editor of and a contributor to both Theology and the Soul of the Liberal State (Lanham, MD: Lexington Press, 2010; with Leonard V. Kaplan), and Religion and the Culture of Print in Modern America (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2008; with Paul S. Boyer). He has also edited Gods in America: Religious Pluralism in the United States, with Ronald L. Numbers (New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2013). He serves on the Religious Practices Advisory Committee, Department of Corrections, State of Wisconsin.


Ulrich RosenhagenUlrich Rosenhagen
Associate Director; Lecturer, Religious Studies
5223 Mosse Humanities Building
(608) 890-1665

Ulrich Rosenhagen is Lecturer in Religious Studies at UW-Madison. He is an ordained pastor, originally in the Evangelische Kirche von Kurhessen-Waldeck and now in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Heidelberg in 2012. A revised version of his dissertation on religious communication during the American Revolution was published in 2015 as Brudermord, Freiheitsdrang, Weltenrichter: Religiöse Kommunikation und öffentliche Theologie in der amerikanischen Revolutionsepoche [Fratricide, Desire for Freedom, Judge of the World: Religious Communication and Public Theology during the American Revolution] with Walter de Gruyter, Berlin. He was a researcher at the Technical University of Dresden, has held a research fellowship at Boston University, and has published papers on Jewish-Christian Relations and 19th- and 20th- Century Social Protestantism. His next book project is an intellectual biography of the liberal theologian Rudolf Otto.


Karen Turino, Administrator

Ibrahim Saeed, Academic Fellow
Ovamir Anjum, Graduate Fellow
Rohany Nayan, Graduate Fellow
Tayyab Zaidi, Graduate Fellow

Paul Knitter, Honorary Fellow

Meg Hamel, Director of Communications
Maryellen Charbonneau, Director of Communications

Sari Judge, Assistant to the Director

Brad Klingele, Project Manager
Ariana Horn, Project Assistant

Mouna Mana-Hannouchi, Academic Consultant