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Sarah J. Bloesch
306 Smith Building
CB# 3135
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599
919-962-3908 (phone)
Teaching Assistant Professor

Sarah Bloesch is a Teaching Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and very excited to be beginning her first year at UNC. Sarah’s research examines how feminist, queer, and critical race theory intersect with Christianity and neoliberal policies and cultural practices in the United States. She is currently working on a manuscript entitled, Salvation of Desire: Melancholic Bodies, Deified Flesh. This semester she is teaching, “Gender and Popular Culture,” “Gender and Film,” and “Introduction to Feminist Thought.” Next year she also plans to offer, “Gender and Spirituality” and “Sexuality and Salvation,” a course which examines how differing Christian and Muslim conceptions about the afterlife affect family structures, legal choices, questions of feminist agency, and images of war.

Sarah has co-edited the first textbook in religious studies that focuses on the methodological contributions of scholars who remain underrepresented in classroom resources, Cultural Approaches to Studying Religion: An Introduction to Theories and Methods (2018) along with an accompanying primary source reader. Additionally, she has published articles in Culture and Religion and Theology and Sexuality and is co-chair of the Lesbian-Feminisms and Religion Unit of the American Academy of Religion.