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(p. xi) Contributors

(p. xi) Contributors

Ashraf Alam is a graduate student at the University of Texas at San Antonio. His interests include religion, social movements, and qualitative methods.

Steven Barrie-Anthony is a doctoral student in religious studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His work addresses contemporary religious innovation and change in the context of pluralism and shifting styles of solidarity. This includes research on new spirituality, new religious movements, religion and healing, and religion and the media. He has authored or coauthored several scholarly articles and was formerly a staff writer with the Los Angeles Times.

John P. Bartkowski is professor of sociology at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He was previously the Beverly B. and Gordon W. Gulmon Dean’s Eminent Scholar of Sociology at Mississippi State University. Much of his work examines the connections between religious conservatism, family, gender, and social welfare policy. The author of three books and fifty articles, he is currently completing a monograph that contrasts programming dynamics among faith-based and secular social service agencies.

Annie Blazer is assistant professor of Religious Studies at Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana. She spent a year as a research fellow at Princeton University’s Center for the Study of Religion and completed her PhD at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her primary research and teaching interests are American religion and popular culture. Her forthcoming book, Faith on the Field: Sports and Evangelical Christianity in America, examines the social structures, practices, and beliefs that stitch together conservative Christianity and America’s sporting industries.

Judith M. Buddenbaum is professor emerita in the Department of Journalism and Technical Communication at Colorado State University where she taught courses on religion and media, communication law, media research, and reporting. Her publications include Religious Scandals (Greenwood Press, 2009), Reporting News About Religion: An Introduction for Journalists (Iowa State University Press, 1998), and, with Debra L. Mason, Readings on Religion as News (Iowa State University Press, 2000), as well as many book chapters and scholarly articles in journals such as Journalism Quarterly, Newspaper Research Journal, and Journalism History. A former religion reporter, she is cofounder and coeditor of the Journal of Media and Religion. She holds an AB in chemistry, an MA in journalism, and a PhD in mass communication from Indiana University.

(p. xii) Anthea Butler is associate professor of Religious Studies and graduate chair at the University of Pennsylvania. Her most recent book is Women in the Church of God in Christ, Making A Sanctified World, published by the University of North Carolina Press. She is a blogger and contributor for Religion Dispatches, an online daily revolving around religion. Professor Butler’s next project is a book on religion and the Tea Party that will be published with The New Press in 2012.

Lynn Schofield Clark is associate professor, director of Graduate Studies, and director of the Estlow International Center for Journalism and New Media at the University of Denver’s Department of Media, Film, and Journalism Studies. She is author of From Angels to Aliens: Teenagers, the Media, & the Supernatural (Oxford University Press, 2003/2005), editor of Religion, Media, and the Marketplace (Rutgers University Press, 2007), and coauthor of Media, Home and Family (Routledge, 2004) in addition to several articles and essays. She is an interpretive sociologist who studies the role of popular media in families and in the religious lives of young people in the United States.

David Copeland is the A. J. Fletcher professor and director of Graduate Studies in the School of Communications at Elon University. He is the author of numerous books on the history of media, most of which deal with the press and the nation prior to the Civil War. He has been selected as the Carnegie Foundation Professor of the Year for Virginia and named Distinguished University Scholar at Elon.

Magali do Nascimento Cunha holds a PhD in Communication Sciences at Universidade de Sao Paulo (Sao Paulo University) and an MA in social memory at Universidade do Rio de Janeiro (Rio de Janeiro University) and a BA in journalism (Universidade Federal Fluminense). She is a professor at the Methodist University of São Paulo working in the School of Theology and in the Graduate Program on Social Communication. She coordinates the research group “Discursus—Practical Theology and Language” and teaches courses and lectures on media and religion, as well as church and society. She is the author of Explosao Gospel. Um olhar das ciências humanas sobre o cenário religioso evangélico contemporâneo [Gospel Explosion: A Human Sciences Overview of the Contemporary Evangelical Religious Scenery] (Mauad, 2007).

Carole M. Cusack is associate professor in Studies in Religion at the University of Sydney. She trained as a medievalist and her doctorate was published as Conversion Among the Germanic Peoples (Cassell, 1998). Since the late 1990s, she has taught in contemporary religious trends, publishing on pilgrimage and tourism, modern Pagan religions, new religious movements, the interface between religion and politics, and religion and popular culture. She is the author of The Essence of Buddhism (Lansdowne, 2001), Invented Religions: Imagination, Fiction and Faith (Ashgate, 2010), and The Sacred Tree: Ancient and Medieval Manifestations (Cambridge Scholars, 2011). With Christopher Hartney (University of Sydney) she is editor of the Journal of Religious History (Wiley) and with Liselotte Frisk (Dalarna (p. xiii) University) she is editor of the International Journal for the Study of New Religions (Equinox).

Marcia Alesan Dawkins is an award-winning writer and educator interested in politics, religion, diversity, and communication. In addition to her work as a syndicated blogger for the Huffington Post, Truthdig, and Transmissions, she is the author of two forthcoming books. The first, Things Said in Passing (Baylor University Press, 2011), is a critical analysis of “passing” and its impact on the discourse of multiracial identities. The second, Eminem: The Real Slim Shady (Praeger Press, 2013), is a study of the cultural and economic significances of Eminem’s success. She is currently visiting scholar at Brown University and assistant professor at California State University, Fullerton.

Jill Dierberg is a Joint PhD Candidate in Religion and Social Change at the University of Denver and Iliff School of Theology. Her research interests include the mediatization of religion, youth and young adult religious identity, and the sociology of religion. She teaches Religion courses at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Darren Dochuk is associate professor of History at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. He is the author of From Bible Belt to Sunbelt: Plain-folk Religion, Grassroots Politics, and the Rise of Evangelical Conservatism (Norton, 2011) and coeditor of Sunbelt Rising: The Politics of Space, Place, and Region (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011). His work has appeared in International Labor and Working-Class History, Religion and American Culture, the Journal of American History, and other leading journals. In 2006, Dochuk won the Society of American Historians’ Allan Nevins Prize for the best-written PhD dissertation on a major theme in American history. He is currently at work on a new book, titled Anointed with Oil: God and Black Gold in Modern America.

Denise P. Ferguson is associate professor of Mediated Communication and director of Graduate Studies in Communication at Pepperdine University. Ferguson’s research has been published in Public Relations Review, The Handbook of Public Relations, and Sociological Quarterly and has been presented at annual conferences of the International Communication Association, National Communication Association, Religious Communication Association, and Public Relations Society of America, where she was awarded the 2008 Top Faculty Paper. She earned a PhD at Purdue University and a master’s degree in communication at Bowling Green State University.

Richard Flory is associate research professor of Sociology and director of research at the Center for Religion and Civic Culture at the University of Southern California. His research on religion and media, “Promoting a Secular Standard: Secularization and Modern Journalism, 1870–1930” (in C. Smith, ed., The Secular Revolution, University of California Press, 2003), was picked up by a broad spectrum of media (p. xiv) outlets, ranging from the Columbia Journalism Review to First Things and World Magazine. Most recently, he is the author of Growing Up in America: The Power of Race in the Lives of Teens (Stanford University Press, 2010) and Finding Faith: The Spiritual Quest of the Post-Boomer Generation (Rutgers University Press, 2008).

John M. Giggie is associate professor and director of Graduate Studies in History at the University of Alabama. He specializes in southern, African American, and religious history in modern America. He is the author of After Redemption: The Transformation of African American Religion in the Delta, 1875–1915 (Oxford, 2008) and coeditor of Faith in the Market: Religion and Urban Commercial Culture in Modern North America (Rutgers, 2002).

Dalia Hashad is a public interest attorney and consultant. She has been host and executive producer of “Law and Disorder,” a national talk radio program on human rights and civil rights in the United States; has run programs at Amnesty International and the ACLU; and has served as a human rights legal adviser in the Middle East. At Amnesty International, she was the director of the USA Program, managing portfolios in racial profiling, criminal justice, national security, LGBT rights, immigrant rights, and conscientious objection to war. She also served as AIUSA’s policy specialist in global identity discrimination and gender. At the ACLU, she focused on post-9/11 civil liberties and human rights abuses. Hashad writes frequently and is an editor of the forthcoming book Patriot Acts: Narratives of Post-9/11 Injustice. She holds a BA in Environmental Policy from UC Berkeley and a JD from NYU School of Law.

Faiza Hirji is assistant professor in the department of Communication Studies and Multimedia at McMaster University. She specializes in research exploring media representation of race, religion, ethnicity, and gender; use of media in the construction of identity, popular culture, and youth; and the importance of media within diasporic/transnational communities. She is the author of Dreaming in Canadian: South Asian Youth, Bollywood, and Belonging (UBC Press, 2010), which explores audience readings of nationalism and religion in Bollywood cinema.

Stewart M. Hoover is professor of Media Studies and Religious Studies and director of the Center for Media, Religion, and Culture at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He has conducted research on religion and spirituality in media households, new media, and domestic religious practices and on gender, media, and religion in the domestic sphere. He is author most recently of Religion in the Media Age (Routledge, 2006).

Mark Hulsether is professor of Religious Studies at the University of Tennessee, with special interests in the interplay of religion and social issues in recent US history. He has written on the course of the religious Left in the United States since the 1940s, various aspects of US popular religion, and issues of theory and method in the academic study of religion. His most recent book is Religion, Culture and Politics (p. xv) in the Twentieth Century United States, copublished by Columbia University Press and Edinburgh University Press.

Jane Naomi Iwamura is the author of Virtual Orientalism: Asian Religions and American Popular Culture (Oxford University Press, 2011). She also coedited the volume Revealing the Sacred in Asian and Pacific America (Routledge 2003) and has published pieces on Asian American religions, religion and visual culture, and religion and cultural production that have appeared in American Quarterly, Amerasia Journal, and Semeia. She is a founding member of the Asian Pacific American Religions Research Initiative (APARRI).

Karim H. Karim is a professor at Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication in Ottawa, where he was previously the director. He recently served as codirector of the Institute of Ismaili Studies in London. His major publications include The Media of Diaspora (Routledge, 2003) and the critically acclaimed Islamic Peril: Media and Global Violence (Black Rose, 2003), for which he received the inaugural Robinson Book Prize. Dr. Karim has also published extensively on issues of cultural pluralism, multiculturalism, Muslims in the West, and social development in Muslim societies and has delivered distinguished lectures in North America, Europe, and Asia.

Lauri Lebo is an award-winning journalist and author of The Devil in Dover: An Insider’s Story of Dogma v. Darwin in Small-Town America (New Press, 2008), an account of Kitzmiller v. Dover detailing events of the 2005 constitutional test case of intelligent design. Her coverage of this internationally watched story delved into scientific, religious, political, and judicial issues that were inextricably part of the case. A featured blogger for Religion Dispatches on the subject of creationist attacks on evolution education, she has also written for Scientific American, Washington Spectator, and Public Eye.

Kathryn Lofton is assistant professor of American Studies and Religious Studies at Yale University. Her research focuses on the intersection of religious innovation, consumer culture, and the modern imaginary. A specialist in nineteenth- and twentieth-century US religious history, she has published on the evangelical preacher, theological modernism, civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer, soap advertisements, and the religious meanings of Oprah Winfrey’s multimedia empire. She is the author of Oprah: The Gospel of an Icon (University of California Press, 2011).

Peter Manseau is an award-winning author of fiction and nonfiction. He has also written for publications including the New York Times and the Washington Post and can be heard frequently on NPR. A founding editor of online religion magazine, he is a lecturer in Journalism at Georgetown University and the Patrick Henry Writing Fellow at Washington College’s Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience.

(p. xvi) Debra L. Mason is professor of Journalism Studies at the University of Missouri School of Journalism and director of its interdisciplinary Center on Religion & the Professions, where she collaborates on projects to improve the religious literacy of professionals. In addition, she directs the Religion Newswriters Association and manages the largest collection of resources for journalists reporting on religion, including and She’s a former award-winning journalist, editor of “Reporting on Religion: A Primer on Journalism’s Best Beat” (Religion Newswriters Association, 2006), and coeditor, with Judith Buddenbaum, of Readings on Religion as News (Iowa State University Press, 2000). Mason is also an entrepreneur who was named publisher of Religion News Service (RNS) in 2011 after creating a new nonprofit organization to acquire RNS, converting its business model into a nonprofit, and developing models for local religion news online.

Sarah M. Pike is professor of Religious Studies at California State University, Chico, where she teaches courses on American religions. Pike is the author of Earthly Bodies, Magical Selves: Contemporary Pagans and the Search for Community (University of California Press, 2001) and New Age and Neopagan Religions in America (Columbia University Press, 2004). She is currently working on a book about religion and youth culture.

Elizabeth Poole is a senior lecturer in Media Studies at Staffordshire University and Award Leader of the MA in Media Management. She has written widely in the area of the representation and reception of Muslims in the news and is author of Reporting Islam: Media Representations of British Muslims (I. B. Taurus, 2002) and coeditor, with John Richardson, of Muslims and the News Media (I. B. Taurus, 2006). She has been involved in projects with the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Institute of Strategic Dialogue.

Jana Riess received her PhD in American Religious History from Columbia University and a master of divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. She is the author or coauthor of nine books, including Mormonism for Dummies (Wiley, 2005), What Would Buffy Do? The Vampire Slayer as Spiritual Guide (Wiley, 2004), and Flunking Sainthood (Paraclete, 2011), a memoir about the lighter side of twelve months living radical spiritual practices. She spent nine years as the religion book review editor for Publishers Weekly and is now an acquisitions editor at Westminster John Knox Press.

Michele Rosenthal is lecturer at the Department of Communication in the University of Haifa. She is the author of American Protestants and Television in the 1950s: A New Medium (Palgrave, 2007). She is currently working on a research project with Rivka Ribak titled Unplugged: Media Ambivalence and Avoidance in Everyday Life.

(p. xvii) Nora L. Rubel is assistant professor of Religion and Classics at the University of Rochester, where she teaches courses in American Judaism, religion and ethnicity, and religion and American foodways. Her first book, Doubting the Devout: The Ultra-Orthodox in the Jewish American Imagination, was recently published by Columbia University Press, and she is currently at work on a book about The Settlement Cook Book and American Jewish identity.

Jonathan D. Sarna is the Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History and chair of the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program at Brandeis University. He also chairs the Academic Advisory and Editorial Board of the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives in Cincinnati and is chief historian of the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia. Author or editor of more than twenty-five books on American Jewish history and life, his most recent book is titled When General Grant Expelled the Jews (Schocken/Nextbook, 2012). His American Judaism: A History (Yale University Press, 2004) won six awards including the 2004 “Jewish Book of the Year Award” from the Jewish Book Council.

Philip Seib is professor of Journalism and Public Diplomacy and professor of International Relations at the University of Southern California. He is also director of USC’s Center on Public Diplomacy. He studies linkages between media and war and terrorism, as well as public diplomacy issues. He is author or editor of numerous books, including Headline Diplomacy: How News Coverage Affects Foreign Policy (Praeger, 1997), The Global Journalist: News and Conscience in a World of Conflict (Rowman & Littlefield, 2002), Beyond the Front Lines: How the News Media Cover a World Shaped by War (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), Broadcasts from the Blitz: How Edward R. Murrow Helped Lead America into War (Potomac, 2006), New Media and the New Middle East (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007), The Al Jazeera Effect: How the New Global Media Are Reshaping World Politics, and Toward a New Public Diplomacy: Redirecting U.S. Foreign Policy (Potomac, 2008). He is the series editor of the Palgrave Macmillan Series in International Political Communication, coeditor of the Palgrave Macmillan Series in Global Public Diplomacy, and coeditor of the journal Media, War, and Conflict, published by Sage.

Mark Silk is director of the Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life and professor of religion in public life at Trinity College, Hartford. He holds AB and PhD degrees from Harvard University and was formerly a reporter, editorial writer, and columnist at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He is the author of Spiritual Politics: Religion and America Since World War II and Unsecular Media: Making News of Religion in America; is coauthor of The American Establishment(Avon, 1981) and One Nation, Divisible: How Regional Religious Differences Shape American Politics (Rowman & Littlefield, 2008); and blogs at

(p. xviii) Nick Street is a freelance writer and a Buddhist priest at the Hazy Moon Zen Center in Los Angeles. His work has appeared in Search, the Jewish Journal, the Revealer, Los Angeles CityBeat, L.A. Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, and Religion Dispatches.

J. Terry Todd is associate professor of American Religious Studies at Drew University. He is the author of many articles on religious life in the United States, most recently “The Temple of Religion and the Politics of Religious Pluralism: Judeo-Christian America at the New York World’s Fair, 1939–1940” (in Courtney Bender and Pamela Klassen, eds., After Pluralism: Reimagining Religious Engagement, Columbia University Press, 2010). His current research explores the history of Christianity and celebrity culture in the United States.

Doug Underwood is professor of Communication at the University of Washington and the author of From Yahweh to Yahoo!: The Religious Roots of the Secular Press (University of Illinois Press, 2002), which won a 2003 Distinguished Book Award from the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (SSSR). A former journalist for the Seattle Times and the Gannett News Service, he has published in scholarly publications on such topics as media ethics, journalists’ religious beliefs, media economics and management, technology in the newsroom, and journalism and literature. His most recent books are Journalism and the Novel: Truth and Fiction, 1700–2000 (Cambridge University Press, 2008) and Chronicling Trauma: Journalists and Writers on Violence and Loss (University of Illinois Press, 2011).

Ken Waters is chair of the Communication Division at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. He teaches journalism, communication ethics, and intercultural communication. He has published extensively on issues related to Protestant magazine publishing and media ethics. Waters received his BA and MA from Pepperdine and his PhD from the University of Southern California.

Diane Winston holds the Knight Chair in Media and Religion at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California. A journalist and a scholar, Winston’s books include Red Hot and Righteous: The Urban Religion of the Salvation Army (Harvard, 1999); Faith in the Market: Religion and Urban Commercial Culture (Rutgers, 2003); and Small Screen, Big Picture: Lived Religion and Television (Baylor, 2009). Winston covered religion for the Raleigh News and Observer, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Baltimore Sun. She also has written for television, magazines, and print outlets including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Chronicle of Higher Education.