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Department ofReligious Studies

Sarah Robinson

Sarah Robinson-Bertoni
Sarah Robinson

Quarterly Adjunct Lecturer

Sarah Robinson 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.).  

Robinson’s research interests include religion and ecology, religion and food, ethics, qualitative research, women’s studies in religion, and ecofeminism in the study of Buddhist, Christian, and Muslim communities.  Her work can be found at SCU in the Experiential Learning for Social Justice program, the Sustainability Minor and Pathway, the Asian Studies minor, and the Religious Studies program.

Areas of Specialty:

Buddhism; Christianity; Islam; Social Scientific, Historical, and Critical-Constructive Study in Religion; Religion and Ecology; Religion and Food; Comparative Religious Ethics; Women’s Studies in Religion; Religious, Political, and Ethnic Pluralism in America; Religion and Globalization.

  • RSOC 9       Ways of Understanding Religion: Climate Change, Religion, and Our Common Home
  • RSOC 64       Comparative Religion and Environmentalism
  • RSOC 109/WGST 142      Women and Buddhism from U.S. Standpoints
  • RSOC 113     Buddhism in America
  • ELSJ 9         ELSJ Milestone: Post-Immersion Reflection & Analysis

“Re-territorializing Religiosity in Wholesome Muslim Praxis,” Religions, Special Issue: Religion and Nature in a Globalizing World, Religion and Social Science series, 22 July 2017. Available online:

“Intersectionality, Solidarity, and Ultimately Flourishing” in Religion and Subjugated Voices, ed. Emily Silverman and Souad Ali (Sheffield: Equinox Publishing, forthcoming 2018).

“All God’s Creatures Are Communities Like You (Qur’an 6:38): Precedents for Eco-halal Meat in Muslim Traditions” in That All May Flourish: Comparative Religious Environmental Ethics, ed. Laura M. Hartman (New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2018).

“Dialogue: Cooper and Robinson-Bertoni” in That All May Flourish: Comparative Religious Environmental Ethics, ed. Laura M. Hartman (New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2018).

“Seyyed Hossein Nasr” in Key Thinkers on the Environment, ed. Joy A. Palmer Cooper and David E. Cooper (New York: Routledge, forthcoming 2018).

“Earth Literacy in the Literal Land: An Ecofeminist, Religious Studies Reflection on Soil” in a volume edited by Rosemary Radford Ruether from conference proceedings organized by Ruether for “Seizing an Alternative: Toward an Ecological Civilization,” June 4-7, 2015, (forthcoming).

“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.

“Seeking Common Ground, Finding Sacred Earth in Christian Ecofeminism and Environmental Islam: Unearthing Ecological Solidarity between Nasr and Ruether” in Voices of Feminist Liberation: Celebratory Writings in Honor of Rosemary Radford Ruether, ed. Emily Leah Silverman, Whitney Bauman, and Dirk Von der Horst (London: Equinox Press, 2012), 185-197.

“Islam and Food,” co-authored 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.

“Islam, Ecology, and the Principles of Environmental Justice,” Forum on Religion and Ecology Newsletter, July 2009.

Book reviews

Christian Faith and the Earth: Current Paths and Emerging Horizons in Ecotheology, edited by Ernst M. Conradie, Sigurd Bergmann, Celia Deane-Drummond, and Denis Edwards, Horizons: The Journal of the College Theological Society 44:1 (June 2017): 239-41.

The Ethical Dimension of Human Attitude Towards Nature: A Muslim Perspective, by Ibrahim Ozdemir, Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture 5:3 (2011): 381-83.