The Volume's Contributors
Freya Bates studies
and teaches ethics and anthropology of religion, and women's studies.
She is especially interested in elements of identity and the ways
in which people negotiate their context.
She tries not to take any situation so seriously as to preclude
its inherent humor.
L. Boisvert is Lecturer in the Department of Religion at Concordia
University in Montreal, and also involved with its sexuality studies
program. He is the author
of Out On Holy Ground: Meditations on Gay Men’s Spirituality
(Pilgrim, 2000), and currently serves as co-chair of the Gay Men's
Issues in Religion Group of the American Academy of Religion.
Cadge received her Ph.D. in sociology from Princeton University. She
is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Bowdoin College. In addition to
research about religion and homosexuality, she conducts research about
religious pluralism in America. Her first book, Heartwood: Theravada
Buddhism in America, is published by The University of Chicago
Press. She is currently at Harvard University as a Scholar
in Heath Policy Research through the Robert Wood Johnson Scholars in
Health Policy Research Program.
H. Crapo is a professor of anthropology at Utah State University.
His areas of specialization are the anthropology of gender, the
anthropology of religion, and psychological anthropology.
Drumm is an Associate Professor of social work and coordinates the
Advanced Interpersonal Practice track of the MSW program at Andrews
University. Dr. Drumm holds
a Master’s degree in Social Work from Michigan State University and a
PhD in Sociology/family studies from Texas Women’s University.
Dr. Drumm’s practice and research interests include mental
health and family issues, feminist perspectives, substance abuse and
doctoral candidate at Drew University in Social Ethics writing his
dissertation on the concept of Erotic conversion.
A former Roman Catholic priest, Paul now works as an executive in
a human resource consulting company that specializes in talent
Edward R. Gray is visiting assistant professor of religion at Emory University and the executive director of YouthPride, a community based youth service and advocacy organization in Atlanta.
Jay Hasbrouck received an M.A. in Visual Anthropology, and a Ph.D. in
Social Anthropology at the University of Southern California. His
research interests center around a set of inter-related themes:
narrative, networks, and cultural landscape. His work with Radical
Faeries also includes a video installation focusing on the Zuni
Bernard (Bill) Lukenbill
is Professor, School of Information, at the University of Texas at
Austin. He has
lectured and published widely in several areas of information
organization and use, including youth literature, popular culture, gay
and lesbian studies, and HIV-AIDS information delivery within library
Jo Neitz was born and raised in
Montana. She received her
BA degree from New College in Sarasota, Florida and MA and Ph.D
from the University of Chicago. She
is interested in gender and sexualities, qualitative methods, and
feminist theories. Her research takes American religions as sites for
studying cultural change, and she has studied Pentecostal Catholics,
contemporary witches, and Missouri rural churches.
She teaches sociology and Women Studies at the University of
Missouri in Columbia.
V. Peterson, Professor of Religious Studies at Alfred University,
specializes in ritual studies, American religion, and religion and art.
He is author of Ham and Japheth: The
Mythic World of Whites in the Antebellum South (Scarecrow Press,
1977) and Linked Arms: A Rural County Resists Nuclear Waste (SUNY
Press, 2002). He was Chair
of the AAR Teaching and Learning Committee and member of the AAR Board
of Directors (1997-2002).
M. Ponticelli is an
Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of South Florida
where she also teaches in the Honors College and the College of
Medicine. She is currently
engaged in field research at the College of Medicine, hoping to assess
the possibility that medical education may contribute to the health
disparities experienced by lesbians.
If warranted, she hopes to contribute to changes in medical
education that could result in a lessening of these disparities.
She lives in Tampa with her partner of 20 years and their family:
2 dogs—Cappuccino Antonio and Joshua Nathaniel, and 3 cats—Woody
Pines, Chewbhaka Copperfield and Cooper Gumby.
is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Cabrini College, Radnor
Pennsylvania. His book
length study of Dignity/Philadelphia is forthcoming, as is his
documentary film on Father Divine’s Peace Mission Movement.
He was a consultant on folk and popular religion for the touring
exhibition “Angels from the Vatican: The Invisible Made Visible.”
Savastano earned his
Ph.D. in Religion and Society from Drew University in Madison, New
Jersey. His scholarly interests include peoples’ devotional practices
within the Roman Catholic, Anglo-Catholic and Eastern Orthodox
traditions and people who hold multiple religious allegiances. His
scholarship engages the intersection of religion with sexuality, gender,
race and ethnicity. He is an assistant professor in the Department of
Sociology and Anthropology at Seton Hall University.
is a psychotherapist currently working with a rural population in a
community mental health center in Vermont.
Her prior clinical experience includes hospice and working with
LGBT clients. She teaches
in the Global Division of the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in
Palo Alto, CA. Her doctoral
dissertation, from which this articles is derived, received the Sidney
Jourard award of Division 32 of the American Psychological Association.
She shares her life on 20 peaceful acres with her spouse Sharon,
who the chief inspiration for this work.
of Anthropology at Tel Aviv University.
Born in Israel. Studied sociology for the B.A. and M.A. in
Jerusalem (Hebrew University) and gained a Ph.D. in anthropology from
Manchester University, UK. Among
my publications, I mention a few books: The Dual Heritage: Immigrants
from the Atlas Mountains in an Israeli Village (Manchester U.P.1971;
Transaction 1985); Children of Circumstances: Israeli Emigrants in
New York (Cornell U.P. 1988); and A Gay Synagogue in New York
(Columbia U.P. 1995; University of Pennsylvania Press 2002).
is a Professor at Hartford Seminary, Hartford, CT.
He received his Ph.D. from Emory University in 1996.
In addition to teaching and research with the Hartford Institute
for Religion Research, Scott is the web, distance education and IT
director for the Seminary, as well as webmaster for a number of academic
websites. His publications include a number of journal articles and
chapters in edited volumes. Currently he is working on a book on
Megachurches in the United States.
His research at present focuses on homosexuality and conservative
Protestantism, megachurches, and the role and impact of the Internet/Web
on religious organizations.
is the Visiting Johnston Professor of Religion at Whitman College.
Author of Coming Out in
Christianity: Religion, Identity, and Community,
and co-editor of Sexuality
and the World’s Religions, she has also written articles on
various aspects of LGBT religiosity and on religious responses to