Lesley A. Northup
B.A., University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1970
M.Div., Episcopal Divinity School, 1980
M.A., The Catholic University of America, 1983
Ph.D., The Catholic University of America, 1991
My first love is ritual studies, particularly liturgics (religious ritual) and its relationship to secular ritual. Closely tied to this interest is the study of myth, especially theories of myth and ritual. Both of these fields connect with my work in American religion, where I focus on contemporary religious phenomena and denominational studies but also cover 19th and 20th century US religious history. As editor of Religious Documents [of] North America Annual, I research, edit, and publish the key documents issued by North American religious groups each year. I am also interested in issues in women and religion, and have published Ritualizing Women and other works in the area of women's ritualizing. As a teacher, I bring a hands-on and personal approach to my students and to the course material. Some of my research has involved pedagogy, and I teach the department's pedagogy courses. As a Master Scholar with the Florida Humanities Council, I work closely with the state's exceptional educators and have worked on my continuing interest in religion in Florida. As a faculty member of FIU's Honors College, I am closely involved with undergraduate teaching. As Graduate Program Director of the Religious Studies Department, I recruit and advise all grad students and work to build a truly superior program in Religious Studies. Check out my webpage for details on my background, courses, and interests.
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