Dr. Jenna Gray-Hildenbrand

Associate Professor

Dr. Jenna Gray-Hildenbrand
615-898-2907
Room 302, James Union Building (JUB)
MTSU Box 73, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information

  • PHD, University of California, Santa Barbara (2012)
  • MA, University of Colorado Boulder (2004)
  • BA, Western Michigan University (2000)

Areas of Expertise

  • Religion in the United States
  • Religion & Law
  • Religion & Gender
  • New Religious Movements
  • Theory and Method in Religious Studies
  • The Scholarship on Teaching and Learning

Publications

Recent Publications & Interviews:

Gray-Hildenbrand, Jenna, and Rebekka King. “Teaching in Contexts: Designing a Competency-based Religious Studies Program.” Teaching Theology and Religion 22 (2019): 191-204. (click) To see a May 2017 interview about our Religious Studies program at MTSU click.

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Recent Publications & Interviews:

Gray-Hildenbrand, Jenna, and Rebekka King. “Teaching in Contexts: Designing a Competency-based Religious Studies Program.” Teaching Theology and Religion 22 (2019): 191-204. (click) To see a May 2017 interview about our Religious Studies program at MTSU click.

Smith Roberts, Martha and Jenna Gray-Hildenbrand. “Finding Religion, Spirituality, and Flow in Movement: An Ethnography of Value of the Hula Hoop Community.” Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions. 22 no. 3 (Feb. 2019): 36-59.(click)  To see a March 2020 interview with Nova Religio's Co-Editor, Benjamin Zeller, about this article click .

Gray-Hildenbrand, Jenna. “The Appalachian ‘Other’: Academic Approaches to the Study of Serpent-Handling Sects” Religion Compass 10 no. 3 (2016): 47-57. (click)

Gray-Hildenbrand, Jenna and Martha Smith Roberts. “Hula Hoop Spiritualities: Social Media, Embodied Experience, and Communities of Practice,” in Practical Spiritualities in a Media Age, edited by Curtis Coats and Monica M. Emerich, 67-88. New York: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2015. (click)

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Courses

For more information on the Religious Studies courses (click). For more information on the Women's and Gender Studies courses (click)

  • WGST 2100: Introduction to Women’s Studies  
  • RS 2030: Religion & Society 
  • RS 3060: Pilgrimage and Sacred Journeys
  • RS 4030: Contemporary Issues in Indigenous Religions
  • RS 4120: Cults and New Religious Movements  
  • RS 4201: Women & Religion
  • WGST 4201: Symposium in Women's Studies: Women & Religion
  • RS 4130: Religion & Law
  • RS 4900: Seminar in Religious Studies