Rose T. Caraway


Dept:Philosophy & Religious Studies
Office:411 Catt
2224 Osborn Dr.
Ames IA


I am a scholar of religion and society in Cuba, with a focus on agroecology and environmental ethics. I earned my PhD in Religion at the University of Florida in 2011, and I arrived at Iowa State in 2014 after having taught at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.

Research Areas

Religion and Environmental Ethics; Deep Ecology; Religion in Latin America and the Caribbean; Cuban Studies


PhD University of Florida (2011)
BA University of Texas (2003)

Courses Taught

Introduction to World Religions
Introduction to Religion
Religions of Latin America
Indigenous Religions
Contemporary Christian Thought
Comparative Cultural Studies

Selected Publications

“On Earth as it is in Heaven: the Protestant House Church Phenomenon in post-Soviet Cuba,” Journal of Religion and Society (forthcoming).

Selected Presentations

“Seeds of Hope: Permaculture Ethics and Agroecology in Cuba.”
Upper Midwest American Academy of Religion Regional Meeting. St. Paul, Minnesota. April 17-18, 2015.

“La permacultura como forma de ecología profunda: la creación de una cultura de naturaleza” (Permaculture as a form of deep ecology: the creation of a culture of nature).
10th Biannual International Conference on Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development. Havana, Cuba. July 3rd-12th, 2015.

“We are the Solution: Religion and Environmental Ethics in Cuba.”
Western American Academy of Religion Regional Meeting. Los Angeles, California. March 7-9, 2014.

“Navigating Which Field? The Future of Religious Studies and its Impact on Graduate Training.”
Western American Academy of Religion Regional Meeting. Los Angeles, California. March 7-9, 2014.

Additional Information

When I’m not teaching and writing, I’m traveling to Cuba. I enjoy community choir, hiking, exploring nature, organic gardening, and chasing my non-human companions (Emma the Chihuahua/Italian-Greyhound mix, and Opie the Italian Greyhound).