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Whitehead, Deborah Associate Professor

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Research

research overview

  • Dr. Whitehead's research engages two primary areas: 1) the philosophical tradition of American pragmatism, its history and contemporary implications, particularly the work of William James and the late twentieth century revival of pragmatism; 2) religion and media studies, with a current project underway on contemporary U.S. evangelicals’ adoption of various new media forms. Within the field of religious studies, she works in the broad area of religion and American culture, using textual analysis to explore ways that religious and cultural discourses intersect and the kinds of public claims that these discourses make, in contexts ranging from philosophical texts, historical documents, legal texts, and popular culture, to media and new technologies. She specializes in the history of Protestant thought in the U.S. from the post-Civil War era to the present.

keywords

  • religions in the US, American philosophy, religion and media studies, contemporary Christianity, American religious history, religion and popular culture, gender, sexuality and religion

Publications

selected publications

Teaching

courses taught

  • RLST 2500 - Religions in the United States
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Explores the development of various religions within the shaping influences of American culture, including separation of church and state, the frontier experience, civil religion, and the interaction of religions of indigenous peoples, immigrants, and African Americans.
  • RLST 3001 - Modern Christianity: Culture, Politics, Religion
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Studies development of various aspects of global Christian traditions from the Reformation to the present day, as expressed through scripture, theology, ritual, media, politics, ethics, popular culture, and the arts. Includes topics such as colonialism, modernism and liberalism, secularism, pluralism, ecumensim, globalization, and the impact of new technologies. Recommended perquisite: RLST 3000
  • RLST 4030 - Religions in America
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Studies various religious movements in the U.S. and other parts of the Americas. Includes American religion and religions, religion and nationalism, revitalization and religion and Asian religions in America. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours within a term as topics change. Same as RLST 5030.
  • RLST 4810 - Honors Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019
    Students write an honors thesis based on independent research under the direction of a faculty member. Required for students who elect departmental honors.
  • RLST 4830 - Senior Majors Seminar
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
    Topics and instructors vary. Brings advanced majors together in order to focus their major experience onsignificant topics and issues of common interest.
  • RLST 5030 - Religions in America
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Studies various religious movements in the U.S. and other parts of the Americas. Includes American religion and religions, religion and nationalism, revitalization and religion and Asian religions in America. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours within a term as topics change. Same as RLST 4030.
  • RLST 6945 - Portfolio: Non-Thesis Option
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
    Course work finished or in the last semester. May be repeated up to 4 total credit hours.

Background

International Activities

global connections related to teaching and scholarly work (in recent years)

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