Religion and Global Citizenship

Invocations to “global citizenship” span multiple sectors, as actors increasingly use it to promote a myriad of causes such as global health, the environment, and immigration.

Building on the rapid diffusion of human rights discourse, global citizenship goes further in seeking to instill new obligations, loyalties, and outlooks that transcend traditional boundaries of citizenship and identity.

The universalist orientation of global citizenship, widely construed as a secularist project, raises fundamental questions about its relationship to other forms of identity and allegiance.

Funded by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation, this multiyear initiative explores the relations--of conflict and cooperation--between global citizenship and religious identities and universalisms.

Project Team

Linell Cady and John Carlson, co-directors of the initiative, are joined on the project team by faculty members from history and political science. Click the link below to find more detailed information regarding each faculty member.

Meet our team


International workshops in Kuala Lumpur and London, and a concluding workshop at ASU, facilitated comparative and cross-cultural discussion about approaches to global citizenship with attention to the relations between the local and the global.

Our workshops

Faculty Seminar

Faculty members, representing a broad range of disciplinary approaches and regional expertise, participated in a monthly seminar for discussion of common readings and conversations with visiting scholars. Click the link below to read more about the faculty seminars and participants.

Our seminars