Secular Studies: the journal

Secular Studies has begun publication by Brill with the 2019 inaugural issue.

Editor: John R. Shook, Ph.D. Philosophy, University at Buffalo, USA


Secular Studies at Brill is here.

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The Editor also welcomes Target Articles for peer commentaries, and proposals for special sections such as Author Meets Critics. Contact the Editor about sending new books for review.

Statement of editorial scope and policy:

Secular Studies publishes original research on secularity, both historical and contemporary, and secular issues and agendas from multi-disciplinary and international perspectives. Historical, literary, cultural, political, anthropological, sociological, psychological, and philosophical studies of secular thought and living are sought, along with research on nonreligion, atheism, agnosticism, humanism, and naturalism. Also welcome are comparative, intersectional, and cross-cultural studies of secularity and secular people, investigations into types of secularism and patterns to secularization, and explorations of church-state relations around the world.

Secular Studies will publish:

Original Research Articles
Special Sections on chosen topics (3-5 articles on the same theme)
Special Sections for Author Meets Critics
Target Articles (accompanied by peer commentaries)
Book Reviews

Suitable submissions will receive double-blind peer review. All articles are published in English. Typical research articles will be between 5,000 and 10,000 words. Articles for a special section or a commentary are usually shorter, following guidelines provided by the organizer of that journal feature.

Editor-in-Chief: John R. Shook, PhD
Philosophy and Science Education, University at Buffalo (since 2006). Formerly, professor of philosophy at Oklahoma State University (2000-2006), and Director of Education for the Center for Inquiry and then the American Humanist Association (2006-2013). Shook has revived the academic area of “Atheology” in his book The God Debates (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010), and  Systematic Atheology (Routledge, 2018). Shook is also co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Secularism (Oxford, 2017) with Phil Zuckerman.

Assistant Editor: Thomas J. Coleman III
Doctoral Candidate, Brain, Belief and Behaviour Research Group, Coventry University, UK

Editorial Board
Jacques Berlinerblau, Program for Jewish Civilization, Georgetown University, USA
Jocelyn Cesari, Political Theory and Middle Eastern Studies, The Sorbonne, Paris, France
Caroline Corbin, Law, University of Miami, USA
Jonathan Fox, Political Science, Bar-Ilan University, Israel
Zoya Hasan, Political Theory, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India
Leo Igwe, Philosophy, Religion, and African Studies, Nigeria
Yolande Jansen, Philosophy and Humanism, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Ariela Keysar, Secularism in Society and Culture, Trinity College, USA
Cécile Laborde, Political Theory, Oxford University, UK
Paula Montero, Anthropology, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil
Juhem Navarro-Rivera, Political Science, Socioanalítica Research, Maryland, USA
Graham Oppy, Philosophy, Monash University, Australia
Anthony Pinn, Religious Studies, Rice University, USA
Johannes Quack, Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Michael Rectenwald, Global Liberal Studies, New York University, USA
Michael Ruse, Philosophy, Florida State University, USA
Abdullah Saeed, Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Melbourne, Australia
Tatjana Schnell, Psychology, University of Innsbruck, Austria
Murat Somer, Political Science and International Relations, Koç University, Turkey
Tim Whitmarsh, Classics, Cambridge University, UK
Monika Wohlrab-Sahr, Cultural Sociology, University of Leipzig, Germany
Phil Zuckerman, Sociology, Pitzer College, USA

Submission Style Guidelines


Download the Author Instructions at Secular Studies.