Sharon Erickson Nepstad is Director of Religious Studies and Professor of Sociology at the University of New Mexico. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Colorado and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Princeton University’s Center for the Study of Religion. Her research primarily focuses on the sociology of religion and the role of religion in peace movements and nonviolent democratic uprisings. Before joining the faculty at the University of New Mexico, she was a visiting scholar at Notre Dame University and taught at the University of Southern Maine and Duquesne University. She is the author of numerous articles and two books: Religion and War Resistance in the Plowshares Movement (2008, Cambridge University Press) and Convictions of the Soul: Religion, Culture, and Agency in the Central America Solidarity Movement (2004, Oxford University Press).