Todd Green

Todd Green (Ph.D., Vanderbilt University) joined the Luther College faculty in 2008. He teaches broadly in the area of European and American religious history, offering courses on the history of Christian traditions, Islam in the West, and 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 in the West. In addition to peer-reviewed articles on these topics in academic journals, he is the author of Responding to Secularization: The Deaconess Movement in Nineteenth-Century Sweden (Brill 2011). This book addresses the secularizing effects of modern Western governments taking over social functions, such as welfare and education, which historically belonged to churches. 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.’

In his upcoming book, The Fear of Islam: An Introduction to Islamophobia in the West (Fortress Press 2015), Green 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.


Ph.D. Vanderbilt University
Vanderbilt University
M.Div. Columbia Theological Seminary
Birmingham-Southern College