The Religious Studies Program (RELS) values excellence in teaching and research/scholarly productivity in equal proportion. Our faculty members are encouraged and assisted through grants by the College of Arts and Sciences and the OU Office of the Vice President for Research as they pursue research, professional development and service within their respective fields. The RELS Program recognizes the success of faculty research and publication in a variety of ways, including a new program that began in 2010. The “New Horizons in Religious Studies” lecture series features presentations, accompanied by a reception, when one of our faculty members publishes a new book. Faculty colleagues, administrators, students, family members, and interested people in the community are invited to these events to learn more about the research leading to publication and to celebrate the accomplishment. The New Horizons lectures model for our students the distinctive and often multi-faceted processes different scholars pursue in identifying and refining themes and methodologies in their research. The books published by our faculty members since the inception of the RELS Program are listed below (beginning with the most recent publications). These books reflect well the range of academic interests represented in RELS. For more information on the articles, books, and other publications of individual faculty members, please see their respective websites.