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Religion Lab (2020-2021)

Rosemary Pennington (Media, Journalism, and Film) and Liz Wilson (Comparative Religion)

Researching Visible Religion  developed ways to counter bias against religious minorities through the production of public-facing scholarship. Students in the lab collaborated 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 built relationships with two of Ohio’s most important religious communities: Bhutanese Hindu refugees and Somalian Muslim refugees. With faculty guidance, students conducted interviews to illuminate the obstacles faced when members of a particular religious community wear visible religious dress at work or in public school settings. To inform their own production of public-facing scholarship, students analyzed the coverage of particular religious communities in Ohio media  to uncover how members of minority religions are represented in news media in the state.


  • JRN 310A: Religion and the News (Fall 2020)
  • REL/WGS 333: Religion, Dress, and Status (Fall 2020)