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Professor of Religion

Liz Bucar is a religious ethicist who studies sexuality, gender, and moral transformation within Islamic and Christian traditions and communities. She is author of three books, including the award-winning Pious Fashion: How Muslim Women Dress (Harvard University Press, 2017). At Northeastern Bucar teaches courses on sexual ethics, Islam, the politics of the veil, and the popular comparative religion program in Spain that includes a 150-mile hike on the Camino. Her public scholarship has appeared in The Atlantic, The Los Angeles Times, and Teen Vogue. Bucar is PI of Sacred Writes: Public Scholarship on Religion, a Luce funded project that provides support, resources, and networks for scholars of religion committed to translating the significance of their research to a broader audience.

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Fellowships and Awards

  • Position: PI
    Title: Sacred Writes, Public Scholarship on Religion (title of original proposal was Fit to Print)
    Purpose: Train scholars to do public-facing scholarship and create media partnerships
    Funding agency: The Henry Luce Foundation
    Dates: June 2018–June 2022
    Total award: $750,000
  • Position: Resident Fellow
    Title: Writing Beyond the Academy
    Purpose: Writing retreat at Collegeville Institute, MN
    Funding agency: Collegeville Institute
    Date July 20-29, 2019
    Total award: room, board, and travel
  • Position: Senior Fellow (PIs are Charles Mathewes and Paul Dafydd Jones, University of Virginia)
    Title: Religion and Its Publics, a University of Virginia Research Project
    Purpose: Explore various publics of religious studies to increase impact of scholarship
    Funding agency: The Henry Luce Foundation
    Dates: Sept. 2016–June 2019
    Total award: $1,000,000
  • Position: PI
    Title: Reporting Religion
    Purpose: Increase religious literacy of journalists through a workshop and course development
    Funding agency: Luce/ACLS Program in Religion, Journalism & International Affairs
    Dates: Sept. 2016–May 2018
    Total award: $60,000
  • Position: Fellow (PIs are William Schweiker, University of Chicago and Günter Thomas, Ruhr-University Bochum)
    Title: Enhancing Life Early Career Fellowship
    Purpose: Support research on “enhancing life”
    Funding Agency: John Templeton Foundation
    Dates: July 2015–August 2017
    Total award: $4.6 million
    Amount of my award: $50,000
  • Position: Fellow (PI Christian Miller, Wake Forest University)
    Title: Theology of Character Fellowship
    Purpose: Support research on character formation
    Funding Agency: John Templeton Foundation
    Dates: June 2012–June 2013
    Total award: $403,000
    Amount of my award: $57,000
  • Position: Postdoctoral Fellow
    Title: American Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
    Purpose: Supported research leave
    Funding Agency: American Association of University Women
    Dates: August 2011–June 2012
    Total award: $35,000
  • Position: Postdoctoral Fellowship
    Title: Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs
    Purpose: Supported research and teaching residency
    Funding Agency: Georgetown University
    Dates: August 2006–May 2007
    Total award: $49,000

Pious Fashion: How Muslim Women Dress (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2017).

The Islamic Veil: A Beginner’s Guide (Oxford: Oneworld Publications, 2012).

Religious Ethics in a Time of Globalism: Shaping a Third Wave of Comparative Analysis, ed.
E. Bucar and A. Stalnaker (New York: Palgrave, 2012).

Creative Conformity: The Feminist Politics of U.S. Catholic and Iranian Shi‘i Women
(Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2011).

Does Human Rights Need God? ed. E. Bucar and B. Barnett (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans,


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