Content Alerts and Trigger Warnings in Soc of Sex

Content alert: Brief listing of the course content of my sociology of sex course, which includes readings on sexual violence At the start of this semester, debates about trigger warnings spread over social media, inflamed by a letter that the University of Chicago sent to incoming students declaring that Our commitment to academic freedom means that... Continue Reading →

Photographs wanted!

Heather Rachelle White, author of Reforming Sodom: Protestants and the Rise of Gay Rights, Gillian Frank. and Bethany Moreton, author of  To Serve God and Wal-Mart: The Making of Christian Free Enterprise are editing a book on sexuality and religion (Ahhhh! That's the sound of my spirit being renewed at the thought of these three... Continue Reading →

_Religion & Gender_’s review of _Globalized Religion and Sexual Identity_, edited by Heather Shipley

As 2016 nears to an end, I'm just now plowing through the rest of my 2015 reading (which is probably not what "slow professor" should mean)--at least the odds and ends, like book reviews. I wanted to share this one, from Ibrahim Abraham (University of Helsinki) in Religion & Gender, over Globalized Religion and Sexual Identity: Contexts,... Continue Reading →

Teaching _God Hates_ This Spring?

If you are teaching God Hates: Westboro Baptist Church, American Nationalism, and the Religious Right this spring and would like to schedule a class visit, please let me know! Speaking with students, learning about their projects and interests, and supporting their research is something I'm passionate about, and I'd love to meet your students (or Sunday school... Continue Reading →

What American Studies Does Best

The need to teach and research on the intersections of race and ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, and religion is as great as it ever has been, and I've never been prouder of the work American studies has been doing. Below, a call for contributions from those who are members of the American Studies Association, to... Continue Reading →

Grant to Support Anti-Hate Work

Open Society Foundations, founded by George Soros, is a nonprofit that works to "build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people." As part of that effort, it awards grants to organizations working against hate. Those interested in applying can join a conference call on December 8... Continue Reading →

Review of _Faith in the New Millennium: The Future of Politics and Religion_ now available

The American Academy of Religion's Reading Religion is one of my favorite websites. If your reward for grading a stack of papers is to take 20 minutes to browse through academic publisher's catalogs, you'll probably like it, too. Reading Religion just published my review of Faith in the New Millennium: The Future of Politics and Religion (Oxford 2016), edited by Matthew Avery... Continue Reading →

Sending Some Love to Mother Emanuel

White supremacist Dylann Roof stands trial this week for the June 2015 deaths of nine black parishioners in this historic church, the oldest black congregation south of Baltimore. Above, Mother Emanuel AME Church, Charleston, SC Early in its history, in 1814, its leaders were arrested for violating a state law prohibiting the gathering of enslaved... Continue Reading →

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