Researching Visible Religion will develop ways to counter bias against religious minorities through the production of public-facing scholarship. Students in the lab collaborate to produce audio and video interviews, summaries of survey research, and teaching modules to help high school teachers in the Cincinnati area teach about visible religious communities in Ohio.
Students involved in the lab will build relationships with two of Ohio’s most important religious communities: Bhutanese Hindu refugees and Somalian Muslim refugees. With faculty guidance, students will conduct interviews to illuminate the obstacles faced when members of a particular religious community wear visible religious dress on the job or in public school settings in Ohio. To inform their own production of public-facing scholarship, students will also analyze the coverage of particular religious communities in Ohio media outlets to uncover how members of minority religions are represented in news media in the state.