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Tammy Heise

Visiting Lecturer

Biography

Tammy Heise is Assistant Professor of American Religions. She graduated from Florida State University with a Ph.D. in Religion in 2016 and is now completing a book manuscript titled "Ghost Dance Religion and National Identity." This work traces the history of the Ghost Dance movement to explore how authority is structured and exerted through prophetic religion in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. More generally, her research and teaching focus on the intersections of religion and politics in U.S. culture, with special emphasis on Native American traditions and the history of the American West.

Dr. Heise will begin work on her second book project on evangelical religion, corporate business, and conservative politics this summer. Her initial research will be supported by a competitive grant awarded by the University of Wyoming's College of Arts and Sciences.

Research

Articles and Book Reviews:

“Embracing Female Submission to Exercise Maternal Authority: How Biblical Literalism Fueled White Evangelical Women’s Anti-Civil Rights Activism” in Roberta Sabbath, ed., Troubling Texts in the Hebrew Bible, New Testament and Qu’ran, DeGruyter (forthcoming).

“Religion and Law in the Age of Empire” in Leonard Primiano, ed., Religion in the American West, Bloomsbury Publishing (forthcoming).

“Religion and Native American Assimilation, Survival, and Resistance,” Oxford Encyclopedia of Religion in America, ed. John Corrigan (New York: Oxford University Press, 2018), 108-121. (The article also is available online as part of the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion in America.)

“Marking Mormon Difference: How Western Perceptions of Islam Defined the ‘Mormon Menace,’” Journal of Religion and Popular Culture, Vol. 25, No. 1 (May 2013), 82-97. Available online at http://utpjournals.metapress.com/content/t783722w20n82665/?p=8cae2953a2324735b5161e0dcec0eede&pi=4

Untitled review of The Fragmentation of a Sect: Schism in the Worldwide Church of God, Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions, Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions, Vol. 18, No. 1 (August 2014), 128-130. Available online at http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1525/nr.2014.18.1.128

Untitled review of Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet, Communal Societies: Journal of the Communal Studies Association, Vol. 33, No. 1 (Spring 2013), 83-85.

Untitled review of Talking with the Children of God: Prophecy and Transformation in a Radical Religious Group, Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions, Vol. 16, No. 4 (May 2013), 130-132. Available online at http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1525/nr.2013.16.4.130

Untitled review of Early Mormon Missionary Activities in Japan, 1901-1924, Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions, Vol. 16, No. 3 (February 2013), 120-122. Available online at http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1525/nr.2013.16.3.120

Untitled review of The Spirit in the World: Emerging Pentecostal Theologies in Global Contexts, Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions, Vol. 15, No. 3 (February 2012), 123-125. Available online at http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1525/nr.2012.15.3.123

Untitled review of We Have A Religion: The 1920s Pueblo Indian Dance Controversy and American Religious Freedom, Symposia: The Graduate Student Journal of the Centre for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto, April 2011. Available online at http://symposia.library.utoronto.ca/index.php/symposia/article/view/14427/11470

Untitled review of Them That Believe, Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions, Vol. 14, No. 4 (May 2010), p. 134-136. Available online at http://www.jstor.org/pss/10.1525/nr.2010.13.4.134?searchUrl=%2Faction%2FdoBasicSearch%3Ffilter%3Djid%253A10.2307%252Fj50000774%26Query%3DHeise%26Search.x%3D0%26Search.y%3D0%26wc%3Don&Search=yes

“Historicizing the Body: A New Approach to the Study of Faith Healing,” H-Net Pentecostalism, Sept. 2008. Available online at http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showpdf.php?id=15587


Academic Presentations:

“Racial Violence in the Formation of Twentieth-Century American Evangelicalism,” American Society of Church History, Annual Meeting 2020.

“Women Warriors Ghost Dancing (Again) at Wounded Knee,” co-sponsored session of New Religious Movements and Religion and the American West Unit, American Academy of Religion, Annual Meeting 2017.

“Missionizing and Migration in the 1890 Ghost Dance,” North American Religions Section, American Academy of Religion, Annual Meeting 2016.

“Relocation and Termination: Native American Radicalism Takes Root through U.S. Assimilation Programs,” American Historical Association, January 2016.

“Nowhere to Call Home: How the 1870 Ghost Dance Inspired the Modoc War,” Native Traditions in the Americas Group, American Academy of Religion, scheduled for November 2015.

“Nations of Prophecy and Blood: The Construction of Race and Political Identity in the Making of the Ghost Dance,” North American Religions Section, American Academy of Religion, November 2014.

“Real and Imagined Territories: Restoring the Independent Oglala Nation and Reviving the Ghost Dance Ritual at Wounded Knee in 1973,” Religion in the American West Seminar, American Academy of Religion, November 2012.

“Prophetic Visions and Political Compromises: The Intersection of Native American, Mormon and Evangelical Protestant Religions in the Mid-Nineteenth Century American West,” Nineteenth Century Studies Association, March 2012.

“Islam in the Modern World,” Florida State University, Social Justice Center, March 2012.

“Prophetic Religion and Political Exigency in the Mid-Nineteenth Century American West,” Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion, March 2012.

“Ghost Dance Religion and National Identity,” Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion, March 2010.

“Sex, Lies, and Subversion: Anti-Mormon Literature in the United States and Great Britain,” Florida State University, Department of Religion’s Graduate Student Symposium, February 2010.

“Translating Experience into Theology: An Examination of the Oneness Controversy within Pentecostalism,” Florida State University, Department of Religion’s Graduate Student Symposium, February 2009.

Courses offered:

Religion in the American West
Religion in American Culture
American Religious History to 1865
American Religious History from 1865 to 1945
Contemporary Religion in America
Theory and Method in the Study of Religion
Christianity since Darwin
Radical Spirits: Religion and Women’s Rights

Tammy Heise

Tammy Heise
Specialty: American Religious History

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