Terry Shoemaker

Grad Research Assistant
Graduate Assistant/Associate
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
4302

Student Information

Graduate Student
Religious Studies
Liberal Arts & Sciences

Biography

Terry is a doctoral candidate in Religious Studies with a concentration in Religion in the Americas. His research focuses on religious communities and religious shifts within the United States. Terry's disseration is a study of competing forms of Protestant Christianity within the Bible Belt of the upper South. This work analyzes the social realities and conditions involved when forms of Protestantism are reshaped and refashioned in this context including the social, ecclesiological, and political. This work goes beyond generalizations about changes in American religion to shed light on the specific motivations, conflicts and dynamics inherent in shifts in lived religion in this particular region. In so doing it also contributes to deeper understandings of processes of religious change more generally.

As a secondary, but closely related field, Terry's work analyzes the various ways in which sports, sporting events, and sporting spaces engender sacrality in the United States especially in light of continuing secularization. He is currently working on a book project that questions the prophetic role of sporting spaces. This analyzes the controversial natures of athletic activism within the United States both historically and contemporarily.

Education

PhD Candidate - Arizona State University

M.A. Religious Studies - Western Kentucky University

B.A. Religious Studies/History - Western Kentucky University

Research Interests

Religious Communities

Transforming Religiosity in the United States

  • Religious Nones
  • Emerging Church
  • Interfaith and Interreligous Movements

Religion and Sports

Publications

Publications:

  • Shoemaker, Terry (2012) "God, Guts & Glory"  Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion
  • Shoemaker, Terry and William Simpson (2014) "Revisiting Sacred Metaphors,"  Journal of Religion & Society
  • Shoemaker, Terry (2014) "The Mason Jar Mentality"  Journal of Inter-Religious Studies.
  • Olson, Alex, Elizabeth Gish and Terry Shoemaker (2015) "Citizen Stories" Public
  • Bain-Selbo, Eric and Terry Shoemaker (2016) "Southern Reconstructing," in Sport and Religion in the Twenty-First Century Lexington Books
  • Shoemaker, Terry and James Edmonds (2016) "The Limits of Interfaith?" Culture and Religion
  • Shoemaker, Terry and Alexandria Griffin (2016) "Religion, Counterprivates, Disabilities," Critical Research on Religion
  • Shoemaker, Terry (2017) "Escaping Our Shitty Reality: Counterpublics, OITNB, and Religion” Journal of Religion and Popular Culture (Forthcoming).
  • Shoemaker, Terry (2017) "Deconstructing Westphalia: The Emerging Church, Citizen Pilgrims, and Globalization” Forthcoming Chapter.

Book Review:

Gorner, David T. Varieties of Personal Theology: Charting the Beliefs and Values of American Young Adults. Surrey, England: Ashgate, 2013. In Reviews in Religion and Theology 21(2): 219-222.

Courses

Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
REL 321 Religion in America
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
REL 394 Special Topics
Summer 2017
Course Number Course Title
REL 100 Religions of the World
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
REL 100 Religions of the World
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
REL 394 Special Topics
Summer 2016
Course Number Course Title
REL 100 Religions of the World
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Title
REL 321 Religion in America
Fall 2015
Course Number Course Title
REL 321 Religion in America
Summer 2015
Course Number Course Title
REL 100 Religions of the World