Sarah King

Associate Professor, Integrative, Religious, and Intercultural Studies Department
Religious Studies Program Coordinator

Grand Valley State University
237 Lake Ontario Hall
Allendale, MI 49401

(616) 331-8049


  • LIB 100: Introduction to Liberal Studies
  • LIB 330: Idea of Nature
  • LIB 495: Senior Seminar
  • HNR 280: Food for Thought
  • REL 100: Religions of the World
  • REL 380: Special Topics Courses
  • REL 495: Senior Seminar

Dr. King is interested, broadly, in the role that religion and culture play in shaping human relationships to the natural world. Her areas of specialization include: comparative religion; environmental philosophy; place; ethnography and community-based research; indigenous-settler relations in North America; environmental values and conflict; food justice and sustainable agriculture; North American environmentalism.

Dr. King is the Farm Club Advisor at the GVSU Sustainable Agriculture Project (SAP) and a member of the SAP Advisory Board . She also serves on the board of Urban Roots, an urban agriculture and placemaking organization in Grand Rapids MI .

Before coming to GVSU in 2012, Dr King was an Assistant Professor in the Religion and Culture Department, Wilfrid Laurier University (Waterloo ON Canada), and a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Environmental Studies at Queen’s University (Kingston ON Canada).

Sarah grew up in the Great Lakes basin along Lake Ontario, and moved to Michigan when she came to Grand Valley. She loves Lake Michigan with the zeal of a new convert. Sarah has lived on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts and in Whitehorse, Yukon; studied in Jaipur, India; and travelled through parts of Africa and East & Southeast Asia. Her academic interests have been shaped by her Great Lakes heritage, her travels, her love of food, and her many summers exploring the Canadian wilderness with children at camp.

Selected Publications:


Fishing in Contested Waters: Place and Community in Burnt Church/Esgenoôpetitj
          University of Toronto Press (2014) 


“Response to the Roundtable on Climate Destabilization and the Study of Religion:
          It’s the End of the World as We Know It? Apocalypticism, Interdisciplinarity
          and the Study of Religion.” Journal of the American Academy of Religion
          (June 2015 83:2).

“Context Matters: Studying Indigenous Religions in North America” Religion
(2013 7:11).

 “Conservation Controversy: Sparrow, Marshall, and the Mi’kmaq of Esgenoôpetitj”
          International Indigenous Policy Journal (2011 2:4).

Chapters in Scholarly Books

“Seeking Relief: The Dispute in Burnt Church (Esgenoôpetitj)” Blockades or
          Breakthroughs? Aboriginal Peoples Confront the Canadian State
          Belanger and P. Whitney Lackenbauer eds. (McGill-Queen’s University
          Press, 2014)

“Children and Nature in the City” with Ingrid Leman Stefanovic.

The Natural City: Re-envisioning the Built Environment Ingrid Leman Stefanovic &
          Stephen Scharper, eds. (University of Toronto Press, 2012)

Kitty Cats

Ph.D, Study of Religion; Collaborative Program in Environmental Studies, University of Toronto

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