Philosophy and Religion

Dr. Diana Walsh Pasulka, Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion

Diana Walsh Pasulka, Professor and Chair of Dept. of Philosophy and Religion, UNCW

Office: Bear Hall 263
Phone: (910) 962-7750

Areas of Training

  • Catholic Studies
  • Religion and New Media, Digital Culture
  • Gender Roles and Religion


Life Beyond Earth, Technology, and the Mechanics of Belief. Based on four years of embedded research with pilots, space researchers (cosmists), and scientists, this book examines religious belief inspired by research about the cosmos, unidentified aerial phenomena, and other extraordinary and unexplainable phenomenon. Forthcoming, Oxford University Press. 


  • 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.
      Forthcoming with Oxford University Press.

Awards, Blogs, Publications

Recipient of research grant awards from the following institutions:

  • Louisville 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 Companion 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.
  • "From Purgatory to the UFO Phenomenon." In MacMillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks: Religion Series. Volume Nine: Super Religion. Edited by Jeffrey Kripal. New York: MacMillan Press.
  • 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, Kentucky 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! Religious Authority, Otherworld Realism, and Popular Film." Journal of Religion and Popular Culture. Volume XI: (Fall, 2005)

Courses Taught

  • 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