American Religion, Gender, and Sexuality

  • Faculty: Marie Griffith
  • Schedule: Tuesdays 2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Course Number: L57 RelPol 321

This course explores the centrality of sex to religion and politics in the U.S., emphasizing Christianity (both Protestant and Catholic forms) and its weighty social and political role regulating the behavior of women and men, children and teens, as well as its uses in legal and judicial decisions. Alongside scholarly readings in gender and sexuality, we will discuss popular devotional texts-on chastity, marriage, and homosexuality-with a political bent. Students will leave the course able to analyze how religious beliefs about sex shape specific gender norms central to U.S. politics.