Professor of the History of Religions and Womens Studies
6363 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70118
History of Religions:
New Religious Movements, Millennialism
Women and Religion
Religions of India, World Religions
History of Christianity
University of Iowa (School of Religion)
Dissertation: "Millenarianism in the Thought of Annie Besant"
University of South Carolina
EMPLOYMENT AND TEACHING
Fall 1986 - present
New Orleans, LA
Dept. Chair 1998-2000
Associate Professor 1992-98
Assistant Professor 1986-92
ordinary (tenure track) 1990
Introduction to World Religions
Women in World Religions
World Religions - Honors
Women in the Christian Tradition
Hindu Paths to God
Womens Studies Seminar
Readings Seminar for R.S. Majors (1 hr.)
Religion and Media
Religions of Asia
Women in Religions & Cultures
Summer 1988 , Spring 1987 , Spring 1986
Adjunct Assistant Professor
New Orleans, LA
Society, Women and Religion
PUBLICATIONS - BOOKS
Annie Besant and Progressive Messianism . 1988. Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press.
Editor, Womens Leadership in Marginal Religions: Explorations Outside the Mainstream. 1993. Urbana: University of Illinois Press.
Editor, Religious Institutions and Womens Leadership: New Roles Inside the Mainstream. 1996. Studies in Comparative Religion Series. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press.
Editor, Millennialism, Persecution, and Violence: Historical Cases. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2000.
How the Millennium Comes Violently: From Jonestown to Heavens Gate. New York: Seven Bridges Press, 2000.
PUBLICATIONS - CHAPTERS IN BOOKS
"Varieties of Millennialism and the Issue of Authority," in From the Ashes: Making Sense of Waco, edited by James R. Lewis. (Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield, 1994): 55-62.
"Millennialism With and Without the Mayhem" in Millennium, Messiahs, and Mayhem, ed. by Thomas Robbins and Susan J. Palmer (New York: Routledge, 1997), 47-59.
"Foreword" to Hearing the Voices of Jonestown: Putting a Human Face on an American Tragedy, by Mary McCormick Maaga (Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 1998), ix-xii.
"The Interacting Dynamics of Millennial Beliefs, Persecution, and Violence" in Millennialism, Persecution, and Violence: Historical Cases (Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2000), 43-61.
"New Religious Movements and Conflicts with Law Enforcement," in New Religious Movements and Religious Liberty in America, ed. Derek H. Davis and Barry Hankins (Waco: J. M. Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies and Baylor University Press, 2002), 115-39.
"Understanding Contemporary Millennial Movements, Peaceful and Violent," in Millennialism from the Hebrew Bible to the Present, ed. Leonard J. Greenspoon and Ronald A. Simkins (Omaha: Creighton University Press, 2002).
"Mount Carmel's Lessons on Millennialism, Persecution, and Violence," forthcoming from Southwestern University Press in a volume edited by David Tabb Stewart.
PUBLICATIONS - JOURNAL ARTICLES
"Annie Besant and the World-Teacher: Progressive Messianism for the New Age," The Quest 2 (Spring 1989): 60-69.
"Annie Besants Millennial Movement: Its History, Impact, and Implications Concerning Authority," with an "Epilogue on David Koresh and the Branch Davidians." Syzygy: Journal of Alternative Religion and Culture 2/1-2 (Winter/Spring 1993): 55-70.
"How the Millennium Comes Violently," Dialog: A Journal of Theology 36/4 (Fall 1997): 277-88.
"Religious Studies Scholars, FBI Agents, and the Montana Freemen," Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions 3, no. 1 (October 1999): 36-44.
PUBLICATIONS - ENCYCLOPEDIA ARTICLES
Articles for the Encyclopedia of Millennialism and Millennial Movements, ed. Richard Landes (Routledge, 2000) on "castastropic millennialism," "progressive millennialism," "assaulted millennial groups," "fragile millennial groups," "revolutionary millennial movements," "nativist millennial movements," and "persecution."
PUBLICATIONS - OP-ED ARTICLES
"Discerning Religious Prejudice," The Phoenix 15/1 (January 1995): 7, 17.
"Religious Intolerance--Not Cults--Is the Problem," Communities: Journal of Cooperative Living 88 (Fall 1995): 32-33.
"FBI adviser on successful end of Freemen standoff," New Orleans Times-Picayune, July 16, 1996: B-5.
"An avoidable tragedy: the Branch Davidians," The Loyola Maroon (Loyola University) 75/17 (February 28, 1997): 9.
"When cult is pejorative," letter to the editor, New Orleans Times-Picayune, April 22, 1997.
"Religious fervor erupts in violence," New Orleans Times-Picayune, October 22, 2001.
PUBLICATIONS - REVIEW ESSAY
"Understanding the Branch Davidian Tragedy," Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions 1/1 (October 1997): 122-38. This article reviews:
The Ashes of Waco: An Investigation. By Dick J. Reavis. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1995.
Why Waco? Cults and the Battle for Religious Freedom in America. By James D. Tabor and Eugene V. Gallagher. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1995.
Armageddon in Waco: Critical Perspectives on the Branch Davidian Conflict. Ed. by Stuart A. Wright. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1995.
From the Ashes: Making Sense of Waco. By James R. Lewis. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 1994.
The Davidian Massacre: Disturbing Questions About Waco Which Must Be Answered. By Carol Moore. Franklin, TN: Legacy Communications and Springfield, VA: Gun Owners Foundation, 1995.
Investigation into the Activities of Federal Law Enforcement Agencies toward the Branch Davidians: Thirteenth Report by the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight Prepared in Conjunction with the Committee on the Judiciary together with Additional and Dissenting Views. By the House of Representatives. Report 104-749, Union Calendar No. 395. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1996.