Dereck Daschke is Chair and Associate Professor of Philosophy & Religion at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. He was born in the Chicago area, where he returned for graduate studies, but he received his B.A.s in Psychology and Religious Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He earned his Ph.D. in Divinity from The University of Chicago in 2000, specializing in the area of psychology and sociology of religion.
He is the author of City of Ruins: Mourning Jerusalem through Jewish Apocalypse (Brill: 2010) and is co-editor of two books: A Cry Instead of Justice: The Bible and Cultures of Violence in Psychological Perspective (T&T Clark: 2010) with D. Andrew Kille; and New Religious Movements: A Documentary Reader (NYUP: 2005) with W. Michael Ashcraft . He is the former chair of the Psychology and Biblical Studies Section of the Society of Biblical Literature. In 2001, he served as an expert witness in a copyright infringement case against the producers of the film “The Omega Code.”
He has created and taught several courses at Truman that explore the intersection of religion and culture, including "Religion, Health, and Healing," "The Millennium and the Apocalypse," "Psychology and Religion," and, most pertinently, "Religion and Film," which was the result of collaboration with two students, Mark Lambert and Britt Hultgren, who soon after contributed their first reviews to the Journal of Religion and Film.