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Professor of Religious Studies

Theresa Smith

Discipline: Religious Studies
Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Theresa Smith is Professor and former Chair in the Dept. of Religious Studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She received her Ph.D. in Religious and Theological Studies in 1990 from Boston University. Her areas of specialization include Myth and Ritual Studies, Native American Religions, and Traditional European/British Paganism and Neo-Paganism. Her book, The Island of the Anishnaabeg: Thunderers and Water Monsters in the Ojibwe Life-World, is being reissued this year by The University of Nebraska Press under its Bison Books imprints, for classic books in the field. She is author of more than a dozen articles and book chapters, the most recent being Landscape as Narrative, Narrative as Landscape (with Jill M. Fiore) in Studies in American Indian Literature, Winter, 2011, and is currently working on a book,Medicine and Magic: Conversations with an Ojibwa Medicine Woman and a Cornish Village Witch. Smith has directed the IUP Institute for Experiential Studies in the Humanities in Boscastle, Cornwall and has taught numerous courses in Great Britain on pre-Christian religions and sacred landscape, including her latest, in cooperation with the University of the Highlands and the Islands, on Scottish paganism. Her course for this voyage will focus on Northern European pre- Christian religions, their connection to landscape and identity and their role as inspiration for contemporary pagan revivalist movements.