Diana Walsh Pasulka, Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion
Office: Bear Hall 263
Phone: (910) 962-7750
Areas of Training
- Catholic Studies
- Religion and Technology, New Media, and Digital Culture
- "Heaven Can Wait: Purgatory in Catholic Devotional and Popular Culture"; Oxford University Press, 2014. An examination of the doctrine of purgatory, from a "place on earth" to a doctrine of the Catholic Church.
- Posthumanism: Emerging Technologies and the Boundaries of Homo Sapiens. Co-edited with Michael Bess. Forthcoming by Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks: Farmington Hills, MI: Macmillan Reference USA.
- Digital Media and the Supernatural. Edited by Diana Walsh Pasulka and Simone Natale.
Invited proposal for Oxford University Press. In preparation
Awards, Blogs, Publications
- Oxford University Press Blog Post (Oct. 29 2014): The Catholic Supernatural
- Principal Investigator, DOE, Teaching of American History Grant: $987,000
- Consultant, The Conjuring (2013) and Conjuring II (2016)
Recipient of research grant awards from the following institutions:
- Lousiville Institute
- American Academy of Religion
- Valparaiso University
- Society for the Arts in Religious Studies
- University of North Carolina Wilmington
- Esalen Center for Theory and Research
- Ph.D. Syracuse University
- M.A. Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley
- B.A. University of California at Davis
Selected Essays and Peer Reviewed Articles
- "The Fairy Tale is True: Social Technologies of the Religious Supernatural in Film and New Media." The Journal of the American Academy of Religion, June, 2016.
- "Commentary on Book Twenty of Augustine's The City of God." Edited by David Meconi. Cambridge Compananion to The City of God. Cambridge University Press. Chapter forthcoming.
- "The Catholic Afterlife." In Routledge Companion to Death and Dying. Edited by Christopher Moreman. New York: Routledge Press, forthcoming.
- "Virtual Religion: Popular Culture and the Digital World." Jeffrey J. Kripal, April DeConick, Anthony Pinn, eds. Religion: Sources, Perspectives, and Methodologies. Part of the Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks: Religion series. Farmington Hills, MI: Macmillan Reference USA, 2016.
- A Somber Pedagogy: the Child Death Bed Scene in Early American Religious and Popular Literature, 1780-1920." Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth, published by John Hopkins University Press. (2009)
- "The Eagle and the Dove: Constructing Catholic Identity through Word and Image in Early American Catholic Popular Literature." Material Religion: the Journal of Arts, Objects and Belief. Berg publishing: ( November, 2008)
- "Pre-Modern Scriptures in Post-Modern Times: an Analysis of the Revival Movement of Traditionald Reading Practices." Postscripts: the Journal of Sacred Texts and Contemporary Worlds. (2008)
- "Purgatory in the Carolinas: Catholic Devotional Practices in the Nineteenth Century." Religion in the South Series, Ketucky University Press (2008)
- "A Communion of Little Saints: Nineteenth-Century American Child Hagiographies." Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion. 23.2 (2007) 51-67
- "The Cowboy and the Christian: the Representation of Christian Pacifism in the Early Western." Thinking About Religion: The Journal of the North Carolina Religious Studies Association. Volume 6 (2006)
- “An Ethics of Representation: A Case of Redemptive Storytelling," Arts: The Arts in Religious and Theological Studies 15.2 (Fall 2005).
- "Passion Tickets Bear Mark of Beast! Religous Authority, Otherworld Realism, and Popular Film." Journal of Religion and Popular Culture. Volume XI: (Fall, 2005)
- PAR 125: Great Books of the Worlds' Religions
- PAR 225: Women and Religion
- PAR 301: Methods and Theory in Religious Studies
- PAR 344: Religion, New Media and Popular Culture
- PAR 495: Women in Early Christianity
- PAR 499: Honors work in Religion
Vice President, The Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion, AAR. SECSOR
Co-Chair, American Academy of Religion: Death, Dying and Afterlife
Religious Studies National Honor Society: Theta Alpha Kappa