The purpose of this project is to create an archive of American religious groups’ views on social issues between 1918-1965. Topics covered include: segregation, World War II, the Cold War, civil rights, feminism, the Vietnam War, global missions, race, eugenics and the population explosion. During the summer, I have focused on various religious groups’ views on Hitler and the American racial hierarchy. I categorized the surveyed denominations into four groups: sympathizers with Hitler, Distant from Hitler, Ambivalent about Hitler, and Critics of Hitler.
I requested articles from denominational periodicals in the form of PDFs through the Inter-Library Loan service and transcribed and coded them for further analysis. I gained experience of gathering, organizing, and analyzing tremendous amount of qualitative data thanks to the project.
Working for Professor Melissa Wilde from the College’s Sociology Department has been a delightful experience that prepares me for a career in sociological research. Not only did I learn the specific methods of conducting research, but also research ethics and researchers’ responsibilities.
My experience as a research assistant stimulated my interest in religious studies and galvanized me into contemplating with interdisciplinary perspectives. Unfortunately, COVID-19 competed me to work entirely remotely, and, to my regret, I haven’t met Professor Wilde and other lovely cohorts I had the privilege to work with this summer in person. I am grateful for PURM’s objective to establish a long term mentorship between students and faculties, and I can’t wait to see all of your beautiful faces this fall!