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Overview of Baum’s Work

From an interview with Robert Baum, Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies

Since he joined MU’s Religious Studies Department in 2005, Robert Baum has been a very busy guy. Beyond teaching courses in the areas of indigenous religions, Islam, and the history of religions, Baum also currently serves as chair of the Religious Studies Department and is involved with numerous other departments and programs at MU. For instance, he is affiliated with the Women and Gender Studies Department, the Black Studies Program, the Afro-Romance Institute, and the Folklore, Oral Tradition, and Culture Program. Baum has also been active in developing an African Studies Initiative and in participating in the Center for Arts and Humanities, the Pew Center on Religion and the Professions, the Chancellor’s Diversity Initiative, and the Ford Foundation’s Difficult Dialogues Initiative.