Claudia Schippert

Claudia Schippert, Ph.D.


Dr. Schippert is Associate Professor of Humanities and Cultural Studies.


  • 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

Queer Theory; Feminist Theories; American Cultural Studies; Religions in America; Ethics and Social Change.

Recent Research Activities

Ongoing research interests include:
- The U.S. Prison Crisis
- Gender, religion, and queer theory
- Queer Pedagogy
- Korean Buddhism in America
- Religion and Popular Culture 

Selected Publications


  • “Queer Concerns: Toward a More Un-Disciplined Study of Religion,” Scholar and Feminist Online 14.2 (2017) <
  •  “From Oz  to Lockup: Bringing Prison Life (Back) Home.” TV/Series 1:1 (June 2012).
  •  “Implications of Queer Theory for the Study of Religion and Gender: Entering the Third Decade.” Religion and Gender 1:1. Utrecht: Igitur Publishing (October 2011).
  • “Introduction” to edited special volume “Queer Pedagogy and/in Religious Studies,” editing and introduction of special issue, Bulletin for the Study of Religion 39.4(2010): 1-4.
  • “My Queer Career,” Religious Studies News (March 2010). 
  • “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 Kathleen T. Talvacchia, Michael F. Pettinger, and Mark Larrimore, eds. Queer Christianities: Lived Religion in Transgressive Form. Religious Studies Review 41.4 (October 2015): 179-180. 
  • Review of Marie Cartier. Baby, You are My Religion: Women, Gay Bars, and Theology before Stonewall. Theology and Sexuality 20.3 (2014): 265-267. 
  • Review of Eric C. Schneider’s Smack: Heroin and the American City. The Journal of Popular Culture 43. 3 (May 2010): 664-665. 
  • 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.

Conference Papers/Presentations

  • Forthcoming “Indra’s Net: Social Aspects of the Ecological Crisis” scheduled plenary presentation for international conference “The Whole World is a Single Flower,” Providence RI, October 2017.  
  • “Sex on the Margin.” Invited Panel Presentation for Conference organized by the Institute for the BioCultural Study of Religion and Boston University, Boston, February 2017.
  • “Undisciplined Religion Research: Queer Topics at the Boundaries of the Field.” Invited Presentation at College of Charleston, South Carolina. March 2016. 
  •  “Queer Theory and Religion.”  Keynote/Plenary Presentation at “Unsettling Science and Religion: Contributions & Questions from Queer Studies,” Conference of the Institute on Religion in an Age of Science, August 2015. 

Miscellaneous Publications

  • Video Interview  on HuffPostLive “Meditation in Prison Helps Inmates Find Peace Behind Bars” (November 2013) 
  • “Independent Video Experience: The Art of Edouard Duval Carrié,”  guest speaker featured in 14 film clips as part of podcast-video guide tour for museum exhibit, Orlando Museum of Art, August–October 2006 and subsequent traveling exhibit. 
  • “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
19549 HUM4823 Queer Theory in the Humanities World Wide Web (W) Unavailable
No Description Available
17314 REL2300 World Religions Face to Face Instruction (P) M,W,F 12:30 PM - 01:20 PM Unavailable
No Description Available
20703 REL3130 Religion in America World Wide Web (W) Unavailable
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
89714 HUM2020 Encountering the Humanities Face to Face Instruction (P) Tu,Th 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM Available

This course introduces the range of ideas, research methods and approaches to scholarship, critical reflection, and creative work in the Humanities. Intentionally interdisciplinary in its focus on contemporary approaches to the Humanities, this course explores how human cultures produce meaning. Reflecting critically on these productions, students will learn to evaluate and author their own meaningful interpretations that contribute to responsible engagement with the many different cultural expressions we encounter today. Students will also learn about critical reading and thinking, persuasive writing and speaking, and how to engage in relevant research in the Humanities.

90592 HUM4931 Key Figures in Hum & Cult St Face to Face Instruction (P) Tu,Th 01:30 PM - 02:45 PM Available

In the Fall 2019 Key Figures course, we will study the work of Michel Foucault with particular attention to its importance to contemporary approaches to  interdisciplinary Humanities and Cultural Studies. We will read several primary texts and attain familiarity with some of the most important interventions Foucault made in fields related to the representations of truth, power, knowledge, and the modern self. Students interested in closely studying Michel Foucault’s work in application to related disciplines will be able to do so by drawing on the resources offered through this course.

Study of a central Humanities/Cultural Studies figure’s work, influences, reception, and effect. May be  repeated for credit only when course content is different. The Key Figures course surveys the work of a single author and provides students the opportunity to explore in depth an important scholar in their historical, philosophical, and cultural contexts. Students closely read several of the key figure’s primary texts and explore the implications of the figure’s contributions to the Humanities and Cultural Studies. 

No courses found for Summer 2019.

No courses found for Spring 2019.

No courses found for Fall 2018.

Updated: Aug 20, 2019