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Michelle Mueller

Michelle Mueller

Academic Year Adjunct Lecturer

Michelle Mueller has degrees from the Graduate Theological Union, the Pacific School of Religion, and Bryn Mawr College. Her research focuses on gender and sexuality in new religious movements. Mueller's dissertation examined alternative religious families' uses of reality television as a medium for public advocacy (e.g., Sister Wives). Interested particularly in California's religious legacies, Mueller has spent time doing participant-observation within local Wiccan communities. Mueller has been a Visiting Scholar of Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics & Ritual (WATER), a Christine Downing Dissertation Fellow, and the recipient of two Newhall Teaching Fellowships.

Courses

RSOC 9 Ways of Understanding Religion
RSOC 51 Religion in America
RSOC 99 Sociology of Religion
RSOC 119 Media and Religion

Publications
"If all acts of love and pleasure are Her rituals, what about BDSM? Feminist culture wars in contemporary Paganism," Theology & Sexuality (published online in 2017). 

"The Chalice and the Rainbow: Conflicts Between Women's Spirituality and Transgender Rights in US Wicca in the 2010s,” in Female Leaders in New Religious Movements, ed. Christian Giudice and Inga Bårdsen Tøllefsen (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, Forthcoming, Sep 2017).