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Teaching Professor of Religion

Sheila F. Winborne is teaching professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion She received her Ph.D. in the study of religion from Harvard University (specialization theology and the visual arts), an MTS (concentration religion and culture) from Harvard Divinity School, an MA in the humanities (concentration philosophy and art) from Old Dominion University, and a BA (studio art major, philosophy minor) from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

She teaches interdisciplinary courses in religion, philosophy, race, and film. Her research involves analysis of visual culture of the late nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries. This includes exploring how visual culture reflects and influences community beliefs and practices, and how artists use forms of spiritual and prophetic language to describe their purposes. She has practical creative experiences in each of the media about which she teaches and does research.

  • “The Power to Name, Define, and Represent: Exploring Influences from a Study of Religion Perspective,” The International Journal of Diverse Identities, volume 13, 2014.
  • “Images of Jesus in Advancing the Great Commission,” Teaching All Nations: Interrogating the Matthean Great Commission, eds. Mitzi Smith and Jayachitra Lalitha, Fortress Press 2014.
  • “Visual Culture: Painting, Sculpture, and Graphic Arts Since World War II,” Encyclopedia of Religion in America, CQ Press
  • “The Theological Significance of Normative Preferences in Visual Art Creation and Interpretation,” Creating Ourselves: African Americans and Hispanic Americans, Popular Culture, and Religious Expression, editors Anthony Pinn and Benjamin Valentin, Duke University Press 2009.
  • “Cultural Awareness, Cognitive Thought, and Visual Arts,” Illinois Schools Journal, Volume 84, Number 1, 2004.

Related Research Centers

  • Education

    PhD, Study of Religion, Harvard University

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