Dr. Meredith Minister is Assistant Professor of Religion at Shenandoah University. In this episode we discuss the intellectual transition from theology to religious studies, graduate school to professorship and much more. She also helps us understand the role of the teacher-scholar in bringing theory to undergraduate students and using theory to understand our work in the classroom.

Interview by Richard Newton 

Production assistance by Maya Aphornsuvan


Sarah J. Bloesch and Meredith Minister, Bloomsbury Reader in Cultural Approaches to the Study of Religion (Bloomsbury 2018).

_____. Cultural Approaches to Studying Religion (Bloomsbury 2018).

Rhiannon Graybill, Meredith Minister, and Beatrice Lawrence, “Sexual Violence in and Around the Classroom,” Teaching Theology and Religion (2017) 20.1, 70-88.

Kathryn Lofton, Oprah: The Gospel of an Icon (University of California Press 2011).

Meredith Minister. Trinitarian Theology and Power Relations: God Embodied(Palgrave McMillan 2014)

See Dr. Minister’s work on trauma and pedagogy at the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion blog.

Leslie Dorrough Smith’s posts at Culture on the Edge.

The Shiloh Project: Rape Culture, Religion, and the Bible