Gretel A. Van Wieren

FacultyReligious Studies

Environmental Ethics; Religion & Nature; Ecological Restoration; Children & Nature; Food Ethics


Gretel Van Wieren is Professor of Religious Studies where her courses and research focus on the intersection of religion, ethics, and the environment. She is author of the books, Listening at Lookout Creek: Nature in Spiritual Practice (Oregon State University Press, 2019), Food, Farming and Religion: Emerging Ethical Perspectives (Routledge, 2018) and Restored to Earth: Christianity, Environmental Ethics, and Ecological Restoration (Georgetown University Press, 2013). Van Wieren’s articles have appeared in the Journal for the Study of ReligionNature and CultureWorldviews: Global Religions, Culture and EcologyConservation BiologyEnvironmental Ethics, and the Public Philosophy Journal among others. She is recipient of a 2016 Mellon Foundation/Humanities Without Walls grant on the New Ethics of Food, and a 2015 H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest writing residency. Van Wieren is founder of The New Ethics of Food Network, a network of university and community-based partners committed to research and dialogue around a broadened understanding of food ethics, and is a regular contributor to the City Creature’s blog of the Center for Humans & Nature. She co-leads MSU’s Hawaii Study Away Program and the Department of Religious Studies Nonprofit Leadership Concentration. She received a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Yale University.

University News

W.K. Kellogg Biological Station Artist-in-Residence Program Welcomes 2023 Artist
Published June 8, 2023 in College of Arts & Letters
A Kalamazoo woodcut printmaker and teacher is the 2023 Artist-in-Residence for Michigan State University’s W.K. Kellogg Biological Station in Hickory Corners, Michigan. Launched by MSU in…Read now »
New Artist-in-Residence Program Aims to Create Intersection Between Art and Research
Published May 20, 2022 in College of Arts & Letters
This spring, Michigan State University launches the Farmscapes to Forests: Kellogg Biological Station (KBS) Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Artist-in-Residence Program, which will welcome…Read now »
College Honors Faculty Promoted in 2021
Published December 15, 2021 in College of Arts & Letters
The College of Arts & Letters is pleased to recognize several faculty members who recently were promoted to full professor, associate professor, or associate professor-fixed term. These faculty…Read now »
2017 Faculty Awards
Published February 7, 2017 in College of Arts & Letters
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Michigan State University faculty members will be honored for their outstanding contributions to education and research at the annual MSU Awards Convocation on Feb. 7. Five College of Arts…Read now »
Julia Johnson
Published July 2, 2016 in College of Arts & Letters
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Name: Major, Graduation Date: Julia Johnson, B.A. Religious Studies, 2015, Concentration in Nonprofit Leadership, College of Arts & Letters, with a Specialization in Science,…Read now »
MSU Receives $160,000 in HWW Global Midwest Grants
Published February 10, 2016 in College of Arts & Letters
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Three project teams that include MSU College of Arts & Letters faculty and students were among the 10 teams receiving funding in the 2016 Humanities Without Walls (HWW) Global Midwest Grants. In…Read now »