Philosophy Department

Claudia Schippert

Claudia Schippert, Ph.D.

Dr. Schippert is Associate Professor of Humanities and currently serves as Interim Director of Interdisciplinary Studies  in the College of Undergraduate Studies

Dr. Schippert's research interests are in the areas of American cultural studies, religions in America, feminist and queer theories, ethics and social change.Her research focuses on theoretical approaches to American religion and culture as explored through the lens of gender and sexuality.


  • Ph.D. in Religion from Temple Univeristy (2001)
  • Certificate in Graduate Women's Studies from Temple University (2001)
  • M.A. in Religion from Temple University (1993)
  • B.A. in Theology from Univeristy of Hamburg, Germany (1991)

Research Interests

The central focus of Dr. Schippert's research in queer theory and religion is the body: how bodies are discursively constructed in religious traditions as well as in American culture; how popular culture and various media affect representations and practices of bodies; and how these questions can be pursued in ways that call attention to the role of gender, race, and sexuality in contemporary society.

Recent Research Activities

Ongoing research interests include:

- The U.S. Prison Crisis

- Gender, religion, and queer theory

- Queer Pedagogy

- Korean Buddhism in America 

- Mindfulness Research

Selected Publications


  • “Queer Theory. Ein Gespräch zwischen Theorie und Praxis“ (Queer Theory: A Conversation between Theory and Praxis). In Theologie und Geschlecht. Dialoge Querbeet (Theology and Gender: Dialogues Across the Field) Heike Walz, David Plüss, Hrsg (eds). LIT Verlag, Münster, Germany: 103-115
  • “Can Muscles Be Queer? Reconsidering the Transgressive Hyper-Built Body.” Journal of Gender Studies 16.2 (July 2007): 155-171.
  • “Saint Mychal: A Virtual Saint.” Journal of Media and Religion. Vol.6.2 (2007): 109-132.
  • “Spielerisch Queer.” (Playfully Queer.) FAMA: Feministisch-theologische Zeitschrift (Journal for Feminist Theology) 22.2 (May 2006): 16-17.
  • “Critical Projection and Queer Performativity: Self-Revelation and Teaching/Learning Otherness.” Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies 28.3/4 (2006): 281-295.
  • “Turning On/To Ethics.” Bodily Citations: Religion and Judith Butler, Ellen T. Armour and Susan M. St. Ville, eds. New York: Columbia University Press, 2006: 157-176.
  • “Containing Uncertainty: Sexual Values and Citizenship.” Journal of Homosexuality 52.1/2 (2006): 285-307. Reprinted in LGBT Studies and Queer Theory: New Conflicts, Collaborations, and Contested Terrain. Karen E. Lovaas, John P. Elia, and Gust A. Yep, eds. Haworth Press, 2006.
  • “Survival and Rebellion: Recovering Ula Stöckl’s Feminist Film Strategies.” Visual Culture and Gender 1.1 (2006) .
  • “Queer Theory and the Study of Religion.” Rever [Revista de Estudos da Religião] 5.4 (2005): 90-99. .
  • “Reviewing Gender.” M/C Journal: Media and Culture 8.5 (October 2005) .
  • “Sporting Heroic Bodies in a Christian Nation at War.” Journal of Religion and Popular Culture 5 (Fall 2003) .
  • “Too Much Trouble?” Journal of Theology and Sexuality, Sheffield Academic Press, UK. (September 1999): 44-63.
  • “Embodied Power, Queer Sex.” A Rainbow of Religious Studies, Clark, J. Michael and Robert E. Goss, eds. Las Colinas: Monument Press (1996): 103-118.

Book Reviews

  • Review of Anthony B. Pinn and Dwight N. Hopkins, eds. Loving the Body: Black Religious Studies and the Erotic. Journal of the American Academy of Religion 74.4 (Winter 2006): 1027-1030.
  • Review of Susan Ackerman’s When Heroes Love: The Ambiguity of Eros in the Stories of Gilgamesh and David. Religious Studies Review 32.4 (October 2006): 257.

Miscellaneous Publications

  • “Queer Theory - Was Ist das Eigentlich? Ein Gespräch mit Claudia Schippert.”(What exactly is Queer Theory? A Conversation with Claudia Schippert.) Evangelisches Tagungs- und Studienzentrum Boldern, Boldernbericht 135 (Mai 2005): 2-3.
  • “Queer Theory.” Encyclopedia of Women and World Religions, Serinity Young, ed. New York: Macmillan Press (1998): 825-826.


Dr. Schippert regularly presents papers at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, where she served on the steering committee for "Religion and the Social Sciences" for six year and served asco-chair of the "Queer Studies in Religion" Group for another six years among other professional organizations, Dr. Schippert is also a member of the American Studies Association (ASA), the Cultural Studies Association, the Popular Culture Association, and Feminist Ethics and Social Theory (FEAST).


Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
11664 HUM2020 Encountering the Humanities Face2Face Tu,Th 1:30PM - 2:45PM Not Online
No Description Available
18859 HUM2020 Encountering the Humanities Face2Face Tu,Th 10:30AM - 11:45AM Not Online
No Description Available
18858 HUM4823 Queer Theory in the Humanities Web Web Not Online
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
81751 HUM4931 Key Figures in Hum & Cult St Face2Face Tu,Th 3:00PM - 4:15PM Not Online
No Description Available
81638 REL2300 World Religions Face2Face Tu,Th 10:30AM - 11:45AM Not Online
No Description Available
90986 REL3130 Religion in America Web Web Not Online
No Description Available

No courses found for Summer 2017.

No courses found for Spring 2017.

No courses found for Fall 2016.

No courses found for Summer 2016.

Updated: Aug 6, 2015

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