My teaching interests encompass: ancient/medieval/early modern Christianity, Christology, Bonaventure and medieval Franciscan thought, Biomedical Ethics, Medical History, and of course, Leprosy (Hansen’s disease).
Presently, I am proud to be a Divinity School Inclusive Pedagogy Fellow. The Inclusive Pedagogy Fellows are a select group of Divinity School PhD students working together to learn best practices for teaching college students. Our work is funded by the Provost’s office and the Divinity School’s Craft of Teaching program. I am also excited to say that I am an Alma Wilson Teaching Fellow for the 2019-2020 academic year. The Alma Wilson Lectureship is an opportunity for one or two graduate students from the Divinity School to teach a course of his or her own design in the University of Chicago’s Undergraduate Program in Religious Studies. My proposed course, “Religion, Medicine, and Illness,” introduces students to a diverse array of literature and case studies, and will investigate how religious traditions furnish an explanatory reservoir for what I term the “three C’s” or questions of causation, coping, and curing vis-à-vis the experience of illness. I am very grateful for the opportunity to teach this subject matter (that I am thoroughly enamored with) and to work with the brilliant University of Chicago undergrads.
Recently, I worked as a teaching assistant to Professor Russell Johnson for his undergraduate course, “Star Wars and Religion.” The University of Chicago actually composed a profile on this innovative course (https://news.uchicago.edu/story/force-strong-one-course-uses-star-wars-examine-religion). During the course, I lectured on The Life of Martin of Tours by Sulpicius Severus, explaining the significance of hagiography and the cult of saints for medieval Christians and problematizing the traditional understanding of saints first outlined by Émile Durkheim.
While a graduate student at the University of Chicago Divinity School, I have lectured on Beguine Theology (Marie D’Oignies, Christina Mirabilis, Hadewijch) in the course, “History of Christian Thought II (450-1350 CE). I also spoke on Dermatological Issues in the Bible for the course, “Disease and Disability in the Bible.” During my time as an undergraduate at Truman State University I served as a co-instructor with Professor Dereck Daschke for the course, “Religion and Film.” The course was actually of my own design; I created the course syllabus, in addition to organizing a Religion and Film Festival, as a Student Initiated Learning Course.
Featured Image: Watercolor by Richard Tennant Cooper (1885-1957) (courtesy Wikimedia Commons)