College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. PeraboDr. Betsy Perabo

  • Professor of Religious Studies
  • Coordinator, Liberal Arts and Sciences Department
  • Program Coordinator, African American Studies, Religious Studies, and Women’s Studies

Contact Info

Phone: (309) 298-1309
Office: Morgan 232

Education: B.A., Northwestern University; M.Div., Harvard Divinity School; Ph.D., Yale University

  • REL 101 Religion and Popular Culture
  • REL 111 Introduction to Western Religions
  • LAS 195 Introduction to Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • WS 190 Introduction to Women’s Studies
  • REL 300 Religion, Ethics, and Law
  • REL 301 Religion in America
  • REL 303 Women in Religion
  • REL 456 Religion and War
  • REL 494 Religion and African American Culture
  • LAS 495 Liberal Arts and Sciences Senior Capstone

Areas of Specialization

Religious Ethics; Religion and War; Women and Religion

Selected Publications

Russian Orthodoxy and the Russo-Japanese War (London: Bloomsbury Press, 2017).

“What People are For:  Agrarianism and Religion in the Heartland.”  In Tom Sadler, ed., Local Food Systems and Activism in the Heartland:  An Interdisciplinary Perspective (Common Ground Publishing, 2013): 146-161.

"How Soldiers, Too, Can Be Saved:  Allegiance and Idolatry in the U.S. Military."  Political Theology 11:2 (2010): 247-270.

"The Proportionate Treatment of Enemy Subjects:  A Reformulation of the Principle of Discrimination."  Journal of Military Ethics 7:2 (2008): 136-156.

Selected Conference Presentations


“Clergy, Protest, and Rebellion:  Russia’s 1905 Revolution.”  Society of Christian Ethics, Louisville, Kentucky, January 3-6, 2019.

“The Novel as Sacred Text:  Teaching Station Eleven. Teaching Religion Section and SBL Academic Teaching and Biblical Studies Section, American Academy of Religion, San Antonio, Texas, November 19-22, 2016.

“The Christ-Loving Military: War, Empire, and Political Theology in Russia."  Society of Christian Ethics, Toronto, Ontario, January 8-10, 2016.

“Christ-Loving Soldiers of a Christian Nation?  Religion and the Military in Late Imperial Russia.”  Sixth Biennial Conference of the Association for the Study of Eastern Christian History and Culture, Memphis, Tennessee, September 17-19, 2015.

“Churches at War:  The Conflict between Protestant and Orthodox Missions in the Russo-Japanese War.”  Ecclesiological Investigations Group, American Academy of Religion, San Diego, CA, November 21-24, 2014.

“Political Theology in Time of War: Nikolai of Japan on Patriotism and Orthodoxy.”  Religion and Politics Section, American Academy of Religion, Baltimore, MD, November 22-25, 2013.

Organizational Memberships/Affiliations

American Academy of Religion; Society of Christian Ethics; Association for the Study of Eastern Christian History and Culture

Dr. Perabo joined the Department in 2005.