Todd Green (Ph.D., Vanderbilt University) joined the Luther College faculty in 2008. He teaches courses in European and American religious history and in interfaith dialogue. He also leads a study abroad course on Islam in Europe, taking students to the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, and Britain. Green is the past co-chair of the Religion in Europe Group of the American Academy of Religion (AAR), and he currently serves as a member of the editorial board for the journal Religions.
Green’s research focuses on Islamophobia, secularization, and interfaith dialogue. His most recent book, The Fear of Islam: An Introduction to Islamophobia in the West (Fortress Press 2015), surveys anti-Muslim bigotry and hostility in the United States and Europe. He examines the political and imperial forces driving Islamophobia for much of Western history and analyzes the rise in anti-Muslim prejudice in the post-9/11 era. The book includes a discussion on fighting Islamophobia that draws on interviews Green conducted with prominent public figures, including Tariq Ramadan, Eboo Patel, Ingrid Mattson, Dalia Mogahed, and Keith Ellison.
Green is also the editor of Islam, Immigration, and Identity (MDPI 2014), a collection of scholarly essays that sheds light on how the growth and increasing visibility of Muslim minority communities in the West has led both Muslim and non-Muslim populations to reconsider their own cultural, religious, and national identities in light of the ‘Other.’
A dedicated public scholar, Green blogs regularly for The Huffington Post and has been interviewed by a variety of media outlets, including CNN, NPR, Al Jazeera, France 24, and Reuters. His views on Islamophobia have also been cited by organizations such as the Council on Foreign Relations, the Center for American Progress, and the Southern Poverty Law Center.
For the 2016-2017 acaedmic year, Green will be on sabbatical leave. He will spend the year serving as a Franklin Fellow at the State Department in Washington, DC. His role will be to analyze and assess Islamophobia in Europe, including the impact of anti-Muslim prejudice on countering violent extremism initiatives, refugee and migrant policies, and human rights.
For a listing of all interviews, please visit the "In the Media" page.