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Professor of Religion, Northeastern University 


From sneaker ads and the “solidarity hijab” to yoga classes and secular hikes along the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route, the essential guide to the murky ethics of religious appropriation.

Gene Demby, cohost for NPR’s Code Switch

“Bucar’s sharp insights, shot through with humor and self-awareness, are exactly what we need the next time we reach over to borrow from someone else’s religion for our own therapeutic, political, or educational needs."

Kathryn Lofton, author of Consuming Religion

"With interpretive subtlety and ethical vision, Liz Bucar explores the moral risk of intercultural theft. Stealing My Religion is a powerful intervention by a leading scholar of religion into the illiberal results of everyday religious exploitation. Highly recommended."

Jeff Yang, coauthor of Rise: A Pop History of Asian America from the

Nineties to Now

“A Liz Bucar reveals, the faithful may not appreciate seeing their heart on your sleeve. A welcome and necessary reminder that all of us, ultimately, are unreliable narrators when we weave ourselves into others’ stories.”
Meet Liz Bucar

Liz Bucar is a leading expert in religious ethics, a professor of religion at Northeastern University, and a prizewinning author. Her writing, teaching, and public lectures cover a wide range of topics—from sexual reassignment surgery to the politics of religious clothing--but generally focus on how a deeper understanding religious difference can change our sense of what is right and good.

Liz has written for The Atlantic, Teen Vogue, The Los Angeles Times, and Religion News Service, among others, and her work has been discussed in the New York Times, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, and Instyle Magazine. She has written four books, including her most recent, Stealing My Religion: Not Just Any Cultural Appropriation. She is also the Director of Sacred Writes, a grant-funded project that provides media training for religion scholars.


Liz received a degree in government from Harvard and a Ph.D. in religious ethics from the University of Chicago. She is a certified Kripalu yoga teacher and leads a popular study abroad program along the Camino de Santiago in Spain. 

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Upcoming Events

  • Visiting Faculty,  NEH Summer Institute: Muslims in America’s Midwest: An Educators Guide to Past and  Present
    Jun 21, 7:00 PM – Jun 22, 7:00 PM
    Oxford, Miami University, Oxford, OH 45056, USA
  • Writing as Vocation Workshop for The Forum for Theological Exploration's doctoral fellows
    Jul 25, 7:00 PM – Jul 27, 7:00 PM
    Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93921, USA
  • Why shopping for our spirituality in all corners of the world can be a problem
    May 03, 8:00 PM – May 04, 9:30 PM
    Antwerpen, Turnhoutsebaan 286, 2140 Antwerpen, Belgium
    Keynote lecture as part of 2023 Baroque Influencers Festival
  •  Bringing Your Scholarship to a Public Audience
    Wed, Apr 26
    Webinar hosted by Yale University
    Apr 26, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
    Webinar hosted by Yale University
    Yale Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning
  • The Monsters Under Our Mats, lecture for Harper College's Wellness Series
    Mar 02, 12:00 PM – Mar 03, 1:30 PM
    Virtual event
  • The Risks of Going Public
    Sat, Nov 19
    Nov 19, 2022, 10:00 AM
    Denver, 700 14th St, Denver, CO 80202, USA
  • Ethics Lecture for Villanova University
    Wed, Oct 26
    Villanova University
    Oct 26, 2022, 4:00 PM
    Villanova University, 800 Lancaster Ave, Villanova, PA 19085, USA
  • Lecture for Philosophy & Religion Forum, University of Southern Mississippi
    Oct 18, 2022, 6:30 PM CDT
    The Who, What, and Why of Religious Appropriation
  • Monsters Under Our Mats, lecture for Boston College
    Sep 22, 2022, 5:30 PM
    Higgins Hall, Room 300, 140 Commonwealth Ave, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467, USA
    This talk explores the ethics of yoga. What does it mean to insist yoga is a spiritual but not religious practice? Are we entitled to borrow any practice in the pursuit of our personal health? What forms of structural injustice does the popularity of yoga depend on or reinforce?
  • The Seminary Co-op Stealing My Religion Book Talk
    Sep 19, 2022, 7:00 PM
    Chicago, 5751 S Woodlawn Ave, Chicago, IL 60637, USA
  • Public Scholarship Training for the Martin Marty Center
    Sep 14, 2022, 9:00 AM – Sep 16, 2022, 5:00 PM
    Chicago, 5801 S Ellis Ave, Chicago, IL 60637, USA
  • Writing as Vocation Workshop for The Forum for Theological Exploration
    Mon, Aug 15
    Ghost Ranch Education and Retreat Center
    Aug 15, 2022, 5:00 PM MDT
    Ghost Ranch Education and Retreat Center, Abiquiu, NM
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