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What are your major interests as a scholar?

Dr. Martha Reineke discusses her experience as part of the first generation of women to study religion at a higher level. She tells of seeing how the academic community came to understand the importance of the different experiences of both gender and race in religion. Dr. Reineke developed her expertise in the areas of violence against women and the use of the physical body. Now she focuses on the status of women in religion using a philosophical methodology. Specifically, Reineke looks at women who choose traditional religious lives instead of the different approach taken by feminists in religion. This group seems to enjoy the same freedom and autonomy that feminists hope to achieve.

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About the Interviewee:

Dr. Martha J. Reineke is a graduate of Earlham College and received her doctorate in philosophy of religion from Vanderbilt University. She is a member of the core faculty in the Graduate Program in Women's and Gender Studies as well as a Professor in the Department of Philosophy and World Religions at the University of Northern Iowa. Her areas of teaching and research expertise include theories of sex and gender, psychoanalytic theory, religion and society, and Existentialism. She is the author of Sacrificed Lives: Kristeva on Women and Violence and has published extensively on the work of René Girard and considers Girard's mimetic theory to be a vital resource for understanding and responding to violence in today's world. She is an advocate for persons with disabilities.

About the Interviewer:

Dr. Alfred Benney is a professor of Religious Studies at Fairfield University. He has a Ph.D in Theology from the Hartford Seminary Foundation and teaches courses in Non-Traditional American Religions and Christian Religious Thought. His research interests include "how people learn"; "the appropriate use of technology in teaching/learning" and "myth as explanatory narrative". He has published work on teaching with technology.

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