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Religious & Theological Studies

Rebecca Norris

Professor, Co-chair

Religious & Theological Studies

Dr. Norris is Professor in the Department of Religious and Theological Studies.  She publishes in the areas of religious games and toys as well as neuroscience and religion. Her books include Toying with God: The World of Religious Games and Dolls (Baylor, 2010) co-authored with Nikki Bado-Fralick (Iowa State University) and Religion and the Body: Modern Science and the Construction of Religious Meaning (Brill, 2012) co-edited with David Cave (University of Michigan). This book reflects on the implications of neurobiology and the scientific worldview on aspects of religious experience, belief, and practice.  She was also a founding co-editor (with Dr. Richard Karp) of the Studies in Body and Religion book series published by Lexington Books (Rowman Littlefield).

Other publications include:

Dr. Norris has served on the Program Committee of the American Academy of Religion (AAR) and was also co-founder and co-chair for the Body and Religion Group of the AAR. She is the former elected Regional Director of the New England-Maritimes region of the AAR.


Dr. Norris also collaborates with the Honors Program, teaching Honors- World Religions.


Email: norrisr


Cushing Hall 107D