Rachel Wagner

Professor and Chair and Coordinator of Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Philosophy and Religion
Phone: 607-274-3249
Office: Rothschild Place 111, Ithaca, NY 14850
Speciality: Religion and new media; religion and culture; religion and film; religion and women; interdisciplinary theories and methods in religious studies; Abrahamic religions; New Testament.

Rachel Wagner is Associate Professor of Religion in the Department of Philosophy and Religion.  Rachel's work centers on the study of religion and culture, including especially religion and film and religion and virtual reality.  Most recently, she has had pieces published on religion and virtual reality in Halos and Avatars: Playing Games with God, ed. Craig Detweiler (Westminster John Knox Press, 2010); the second edition of God in the Details, ed. Eric Michael Mazur and Kate McCarthy (Routledge, 2010); Understanding Religion and Popular Culture, ed. Dan Clanton and Terry Clark (Routledge, 2012); Halo and Philosophy, ed. Luke Cuddy (Open Court Press, 2011); CrossCurrents Magazine (Association for Religion and Intellectual Life, 2012); Digital Religion, ed Heidi Campbell (forthcoming 2012); Feminism in the Twenty-First Century, ed. Gina Messina Dysert and Rosemary Radford Reuther (forthcoming 2013); and Resisting the Place of Belonging: Uncanny Homecomings in Religion, Narrative, and Art, ed. Dan Boscaljon (Ashgate Press, forthcoming).  Rachel's single-author book, Godwired: Religion, Ritual and Virtual Reality is part of the Media, Religion, and Culture series (Routledge, 2012). Short pieces relating to this research project can be found in Religion Dispatches and in the Society of Biblical Literature Forum.  Rachel teaches courses on: religion and culture; religion and film; religion and media; religion and gaming; women and religion; New Testament; and the history of Christianity. All of her courses include elements of media and culture analysis. Rachel serves on the steering committee of the American Academy of Religion's Religion and Popular Culture group, and is co-chair of the Religion, Film, and Visual Arts group.