Megan Goodwin

Visiting Assistant Professor of Race, Religion, and Politics, Religion


Research and Teaching Interests

Professor Goodwin specializes in race, gender, and sexuality in contemporary American minority religions.  Her current book project, Women and Children Last: Sex, Abuse, and American Minority Religions, examines the cultural construction of religious difference as sexual danger -- both to the bodies of white American women and children, and to the American body politic.  




Courses

REL 200 Election! Race, Religion, and American Politics (honors)
REL 120 What’s God Got to Do with It?  Introduction to the Study of Religion
REL 200 American Minority Religions: Goddesses, Guns, and Gurus
REL 300 Black and Blue: American Religion and the Regulation of Bodies of Color




Education

PhD Religion and Culture, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Graduate Program in Religious Studies (2014)
MA Religion and Culture, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Graduate Program in Religious Studies (2009)
MA Women's Studies, Drew University, Caspersen School of Graduate Studies (2004)
BS Print Journalism, Boston University, College of Communication (2000)




Career

Visiting Assistant Professor of Race, Religion, and Politics, Department of Religion, Syracuse University, Fall 2016 – present

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow for Innovative and Creative Pedagogy in the Humanities, Department of Religious Studies, Bates College, Fall 2014 – present

Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Religious Studies, Elon University, Fall 2013 – Spring 2014

Teaching Fellow, Department of Religious Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Fall 2010 – Spring 2013

Teaching Assistant, Department of Religious Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Fall 2006 – Fall 2009

Women's and Gender Studies Department, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Spring 2010; Fall 2012 – Spring 2013

Teaching Assistant, History Department, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Spring 2010

Lecturer, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, North Carolina State University, Spring 2010

Teaching Fellow, Department of Religious Studies, Carolina Courses Online, Summer 2010; Summer 2011 – Fall 2011; Fall 2012 – Spring 2013




Recent Articles and Book Chapters

(** denotes peer-reviewed)

“‘They Do That to Foreign Women’: Domestic Terrorism and Contraceptive Nationalism in Not Without My Daughter,” The Muslim World, forthcoming October 2016.**

“‘They Couldn’t Get My Soul’: Recovered Memories, Ritual Abuse, and the Specter(s) of Religious Difference,” (forthcoming in edited volume).

“Staying After Class: Surviving Heaven’s Gate,” Nova Religio, forthcoming February 2017.**

“Manning the High Seat: Seiðr as Self-Making in Contemporary Norse Neopaganisms,” in Magic and the Modern, ed. Marco Edward Bever and Randall Styers. University Park, PA: Penn State University Press (forthcoming winter 2017).

“Thinking Sex and American Religions,” Religion Compass 5 (2011): 772–787.**

"Conversion to Narrative: Magic as Religious Language in Grant Morrison's Invisibles," in Graven Images: Religion in Comic Books and Graphic Novels, ed. Christine Hoff Kraemer and A. David Lewis, 258-273. New York: Continuum, 2010.

"Queer, Not Gay: Limits of Acceptable Sexual Transgressions in NRM Discourse," ARC: The Journal of the Faculty of Religious Studies, McGill University 36 (2009): 75-95.**

Encyclopedia Articles

“Mormon Traditions,” in Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks: Embodied Religion, ed. Kent Brintnall. London: Macmillan (2016).

“Sex and New Religions,” in The Oxford Handbook of New Religious Movements, ed. James R. Lewis. Oxford: Oxford (2016).

“Gender,” in The Bloomsbury Companion to New Religious Movements, ed. George D. Chryssides and Benjamin E. Zeller. New York: Bloomsbury (2014).

“Sexuality Studies,” in The Bloomsbury Companion to New Religious Movements, ed. George D. Chryssides and Benjamin E. Zeller. New York: Bloomsbury (2014).

“Sexuality and American Religions,” in Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion, Second Edition, eds. David Leeming, Katherine Madden, and Stanton Marlon. New York: Springer New York Heidelberg Dordrecht London (2014).

Scholarly Online Journals

“When the Vampire Looks: Gender and Surveillance in A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night,” Mizan POP!, April 18, 2016. http://www.mizanproject.org/pop-post/when-the-vampire-looks

“Vanilla ISIS, White Tears, and the Adventures of Captain Moroni,” Religion Dispatches, January 7, 2016. http://religiondispatches.org/vanillaisis-white-tears-and-the-adventures-of-captain-moroni/

“#YesAllWomen: Online Feminism, Religion, and Risk,” Feminist Studies in Religion – @TheTable: Feminism Online, ed. Midori E. Hartman, September 15, 2015. http://fsrinc.org/blog/yesallwomen-online-feminism-religion-and- risk-table-feminism-online

“Defending Minority Religions,” with Andrew Aghapour, Religion Dispatches – The Cubit, ed. Andrew Aghapour and Michael Schulson, July 9, 2015. http://religiondispatches.org/always-be-uppercutting/

“Tooken: Women, Brainwashing, and the Gospel of ‘Kimmy Schmidt,’” Religion Dispatches – The Cubit, ed. Andrew Aghapour and Michael Schulson, April 3, 2015. http://religiondispatches.org/dont-be-tooken-in-by- kimmy-schmidts-cult/

“Everything New Is Old Again: New Religious Movements as American Minority Religions,” Spotlight on Teaching: Religious Studies News, ed. Benjamin E. Zeller and Eugene Gallagher, January 26, 2015. http://rsn.aarweb.org/spotlight-on/teaching/new-alternative-religions/everything-new-old-again

“Don’t Stand So Close To Me: On Not Hearing Elizabeth Smart,” Juvenile Instructor, ed. Cristine Hutchinson Jones, May 15, 2013. ttp://www.juvenileinstructor.org/dont-stand-so-close-to-me-on-not-hearing-elizabeth- smart/

Book Reviews

Review of Proclaiming Liberation. The Historical Roots of LGBT Religious Organizing, 1946–1976, by Heather Rachelle White. Journal of Religion, forthcoming.

Review of Convulsing Bodies: Religion and Resistance in Foucault, by Mark Jordan. Religious Studies Review, forthcoming.

Review of Polygamy in Primetime: Media, Gender, and Politics in Mormon Fundamentalism, by Janet Bennion. Mormon Studies Review 2 (2015): 166-171.

Review of Pray the Gay Away: The Extraordinary Lives of Bible Belt Gays, by Bernadette Barton. Theology and Sexuality 20.2 (2014): 151-180.

“Dis/enchantment: Locating Modernity between Secularism and ‘The Sacred.’” Review of The Place of Enchantment: British Occultism and the Culture of the Modern by Alex Owen and Authors of the Impossible: The Paranormal and the Sacred, by Jeffrey Kripal. WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly 40: 3&4 (Fall/Winter 2012): 326 – 333.

Review of Cyberhenge: Modern Pagans on the Internet, by Douglas E. Cowan. Alternative Spirituality and Religion Review  1:2 (Autumn 2010): 156 – 158.




Recent Invited Lectures and Presentations

Respondent, “Scripting the Archive,” Bates College (May 2016) Respondent, “Improvisation and Innovation in the Humanities,” Bates College (January 2015)

“Creative Pedagogy in Religious Studies,” Bates College (December 2015)

“Dr. Strange-net, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Twitter,” Centre College (October 2015)

“‘Females Are Strong As Hell’: Gender, Abuse, and American Minority Religions,” Convocation speaker, Centre College (October 2015)

“Religion Unzipped,” keynote speaker for Eastern International Region AAR (May 2015)

“Gender and American Foreign Policy,” for Global Islam, Bates College (May 2015)

“Monotheisms 101,” for Lewiston High School first year history classes (December 2014)

“Religion and Feminism” for EFFECT – Elon’s Student Feminist Group (October 2013)

“Return of the Goddess” for Religion and the Counterculture (April 2013)

“Class Politics, Sexuality, and Moral Reform,” for History of American Sexuality (February 2013)

“Feminist Spiritualities,” for Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies (October 2012)

Invited Panelist, “Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality in the Classroom,” SECSOR-AAR (March 2012)

Invited Participant, “Sex, Religion, and the Public Sphere” at Elon University (February 2012)

“American Religious Intolerance” for the UNC Charlotte Religious Studies Faculty Colloqiua (February 2012)