Secularism and Nonreligion is pleased to welcome Dr. Melanie Elyse Brewster to the editorial team.
Melanie is an associate professor of psychology and education at Columbia University and a practicing psychologist. Her research focuses on stigma and marginalization and how these experiences may relate to mental health and well-being. Her book, Atheists in America (2014) was among the first texts to center the narratives of demographically diverse nonbelievers in the United States.
Melanie is replacing Jesse Smith, who is stepping down from editorial duties after nearly four years with the journal.
Posted on 10 Feb 2022
Secularism and Nonreligion are pleased to introduce Dr. Isabella Kasselstrand, joining Christopher Cotter and Jesse Smith as co-editor of the journal.
A Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Aberdeen, she conducts research on secularization and secularity, including aspects of religious indifference, immigration, social trust, cultural religion, and ritual participation. Using quantitative and mixed methods, her work is broadly comparative and cross-national, with a primary focus on Northern Europe. Her articles are published in journals such as Sociology of Religion; Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion; Social Compass; Journal of Contemporary Religion; Secularism & Nonreligion; Nordic Journal of Religion & Society; and Scottish Affairs. She is currently writing a book on secularization (with Phil Zuckerman and Ryan Cragun, NYU Press).
Posted on 15 Jul 2021
Secularism and Nonreligion has launched a new special collection on Computer Modeling of Secularism and Nonreligion. This series of articles that explore psychological and social factors that help to explain secular and nonreligious change using computer modeling and simulation methodologies, including agent-based and system-dynamics modeling. Edited by F. LeRon Shults
The collection is in progress and papers are still being added.
Posted on 18 Mar 2021
Posted on 14 May 2019
In order to achieve the journal’s overarching goals, we aim for diversity of knowledge, experience, and expertise on the part of the journal’s editorial team, authors, and reviewers. To this end, we are seeking a third editor for Secularism and Nonreligion.
We would particularly welcome applications from non-male scholars working in geographical regions and disciplines that are under-represented among our editorial team. Applicants are asked to please submit a short letter of interest at either the contact link or directly to one of the current executive editors: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
The deadline for applications is: Monday 12 November
Posted on 11 Oct 2018
Secularism and Nonreligion has undergone its first major editorial change, and we, the new editors, would like to say hello and briefly comment on our shared vision for the future of the journal.
First and foremost, we thank the previous editors and founders of Secularism and Nonreligion, Drs. Lois Lee, Ryan Cragun, and Barry Kosmin, along with the entire editorial team. Their collective efforts, over the last eight years in establishing the world’s first journal dedicated to the topics after which it is named, has been a boon for researchers and students around the world. Under their guidance, the journal has encouraged the growing interest in secularity as a field of study in its own right, has provided a publication platform for early career scholars, and is cultivating an interdisciplinary conversation, which in our estimation, will only become more relevant and necessary in the decades to come.
We believe the strength of the journal lies precisely in its interdisciplinary approach to the study of secularism, secularity, and the variety of forms of nonreligion that constitute its object(s) of investigation. Dozens of excellent empirical and descriptive studies from a variety of methodological approaches across the social sciences have already been published in the journal, and we look forward to increasing the number, quality, and impact of such studies. But we also seek to build upon and strengthen the critical, theoretical, historical, and even philosophical contribution of the journal as we continue to carve out our space in the expanding marketplace of online, open-access academic journals.
Secularism and Nonreligion has already productively engaged scholars and readers in its comparatively short existence. So, rather than change course in any significant way, we see our job simply as building upon these efforts and working to amplify the journal’s presence and impact on the broader academic community through diverse, high quality empirical and theoretically-grounded original research articles, constructive book reviews, and other forms of critical commentary.
The first two decades of the 21st century has seen a dramatic increase in the general interest in – and scholarly output on – all things secular and nonreligious. More scholars, journals, and readers are engaging these topics, and we look forward to doing our part, in concert with our editorial team and a broader community of scholars, to make sure Secularism and Nonreligion helps shape and showcase the research necessary to understanding them more fully.
- Jesse Smith (Sociology, Western Michigan University) and Chris Cotter (Religious Studies, University of Edinburgh)
Posted on 10 Oct 2018