Religious Studies

Amanda Baugh, Ph.D.

Dr. Baugh
Associate Professor
(818) 677-4733
Office location:
Santa Susanna Hall 227


Amanda Baugh is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies at California State University, Northridge, and Director of the Program in Civic and Community Engagement. She specializes in the study of religion in American culture, with attention to race, ethnicity, class, and environmental values. She earned her Ph.D. in American Religions from Northwestern University (2012).

Baugh’s first book, God and the Green Divide: Religious Environmentalism in Black and White (University of California Press, 2016), examines how assumptions about race, ethnicity, and class have shaped the “greening” of American religion. Her current research project examines how white and Latina/o Catholics understand environmental imperatives in the aftermath of Pope Francis’ historic encyclical on the environment. 

Dr. Baugh is also the Program Director for the minor in Civic and Community Engagement.  The minor is designed for students who wish to apply what they learn at CSUN towards making positive changes in their communities and the world.  Students will combine their coursework and collaborations with community partners to become active members and leaders in the community.

Dr. Baugh’s teaching interests include the study of religion and ecology, religion and race in American culture, and religious studies theory. She especially enjoys teaching new freshmen and participates in CSUN’s Freshman Connections learning community.


God and the Green Divide: Religious Environmentalism in Black and White (Forthcoming with the University of California Press)

“‘Green is Where it’s At’: Cultivating Environmental Concern at an African American Church” (forthcoming in the Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture)


  • Board of Directors, International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture
  • Religion and Cities group steering committee, American Academy of Religion


  • CSUN’s Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Award (2013, 2014)
  • CSUN’s College of Humanities Faculty Fellowship (2013, 2015)
  • Judge Julian Beck Learning-Centered Instructional Project Grant (2014)
  • Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship (2011-2012)