The Orfalea Research Hub on Religion, Culture, Identity, and the State has identified a provisional set of themes based on the current research interests of participants. The list may be changed or modified depending on the interests of future faculty participants in the hub's activities.
- Vernacularization & Modernity, including such issues as the adoption of non-indigenous religious traditions and the activity of religious reform movements
- Youth culture and identity
- Spatial dimensions, ritual/practice dimensions, and environmental aspect of the central theme, including pilgrimage systems in relation to the modern nation-state