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Sarah Robinson-Bertoni

Sarah Robinson-Bertoni
Sarah Robinson-Bertoni

Quarterly Adjunct Lecturer

Dr. Sarah Robinson-Bertoni completed her B.A. in American Studies and minor in Conservation and Resource Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1999.  After graduation, her work in religious, arts, and environmental non-profit organizations included managing the first summer youth jobs program for California Youth Energy Services in 2001.  She received the M.A. History degree from the Graduate Theological Union in 2005.  At Claremont Graduate University, she earned the Ph.D. Religion degree in 2015 (dissertation title: Refreshing Religions with Edible Ethics: Local Agriculture and Sustainable Food in Muslim, Christian, and Buddhist Projects in the U.S.).  

Professor Robinson-Bertoni’s research interests include religion and ecology, religion and food, comparative religious ethics, qualitative research, women’s studies in religion, and holistic ecofeminism in the study of Buddhist, Christian, and Muslim communities.

Areas of Specialty:

Religion and Ecology, Religion and Food, Comparative Religions, Women’s Studies in Religion

Courses
  • RSOC 64       Comparative Religion and Environmentalism
  • RSOC 113     Buddhism in America
Publications

“Earth Literacy in the Literal Land: An Ecofeminist, Religious Studies Reflection on Soil” in a volume edited by Rosemary Radford Ruether, collecting conference panel papers from her panel at “Seizing an Alternative: Toward an Ecological Civilization,” June 4-7, 2015 (forthcoming 2016/2017).

“All God’s Creatures Are Communities Like You (Qur’an 6:38): Precedents for Eco-halal Meat in Muslim Traditions” in Flourishing: Comparative Religious Environmental Ethics, ed. Laura M. Hartman (New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2016).

“Refreshing the Concept of Halal Meat: Resistance and Religiosity in Chicago’s Taqwa Eco-food Cooperative” in Religion, Food, and Eating in North America, ed. Benjamin Zeller, Marie Dallam, Reid Neilson, and Nora Rubel (New York: Columbia University Press, 2014), 274-293.

“Islam and Food,” co-written with Zayn Kassam (Pomona College), in Springer Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics, ed. Paul B. Thompson and David M. Kaplan (New York: Springer, 2014).