John D. Carlson is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Arizona State University where he is also Associate Director of the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict. His research intersects religion, politics, and ethics, with particular emphasis on issues of war and peace, religion and violence, human rights, and a variety of other social and political issues.
John received his BA from Vanderbilt University in political science and MA and PhD in religion and ethics from The University of Chicago Divinity School.
He is coeditor of, and contributor to, three books, most recently From Jeremiad to Jihad: Religion, Violence, and America (University of California Press, 2012). His other books include The Sacred and the Sovereign: Religion and International Politics (Georgetown, 2003) and Religion and the Death Penalty: A Call for Reckoning (Eerdmans, 2004). He is also the author of two dozen journal articles and book chapters—in addition to a number of shorter essays.
He is currently co-directing a Luce Foundation-funded grant on Religion and Global Citizenship, a project exploring the question of what duties citizens owe to others and whether and how religion informs, expands, or limits those duties.
He is also a Commander in the US Navy Reserve with over twenty years of combined active and reserve experience. From 2014-15, he was deployed to Djibouti, East Africa where he served as the military liaison to U.S. Embassy Djibouti. He is currently the commanding officer of a US Pacific Fleet reserve unit in San Antonio, TX.
He is married with two young sons and a very old dog.