History Department
History Department

Education Notes: Religion and Culture Experts

Tue, March 18, 2008

Christianity scholars and historians at The University of Texas at Austin are available to discuss religion and culture from a variety of perspectives, from Jesus in popular culture to the origins of the Bible.

Jesus in Popular Culture

Howard Miller
Distinguished Teaching Associate Professor, Department of History

Miller studies the history of religion in America since 1800. He teaches courses such as "Religion in U.S. Popular Culture" and "Jesus in American Culture." His popular course, "Jesus in American Culture" is available online with full-length video recordings.

Secularization of Religious Holidays

Penne Restad
Senior Lecturer, Department of History

Restad studies religion and culture and can discuss the commercialization of religious holidays. He is the author of "Christmas in America: A History," which examines the secularization of the Christian holy day.

Christian Monasticism and Heresy

Martha Newman
Chair, Department of Religious Studies

Newman studies Judaism and early Christianity including medieval Christian monasticism, heresy and the Inquisition. She is the author of "The Boundaries of Charity: Cistercian Culture and Ecclesiastical Reform, 1098-1180." To learn more, read the feature "Spirituality and Society."

Catholicism and Mexican Americans

Anne Martinez
Assistant Professor, Department of History

Martinez studies the role of religion in U.S.-Mexico relations during the Mexican Revolutionary period. Her work also examines the relationships among race, religion and nationalism in Mexican American communities.

Lives of the Saints

Alison Frazier
Associate Professor, Department of History

Frazier teaches courses on Medieval and Renaissance Europe, intellectual history and religion. She is the author of "Possible Lives: Authors and Saints in Renaissance Italy," which examines the relationship between intellectuals and religion by looking at writings about saints during the Italian Renaissance.

For complete list of religion and culture scholars from College of Liberal Arts...

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Public Affairs Specialist, College of Liberal Arts

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