Rachel Wagner is the Hundere Teaching Fellow of Religion and Culture at Oregon State University. She has a special interest in religion and film, religion in new media outlets like the internet, Islam & the Media, and religious and ethical dimensions of video games depicting war.
Wagner believes that the academic study of film and popular media can open up complex philosophical and religious ideas to students by inviting them to consider the way that film both reflects and affects cultural values and beliefs.
Wagner received her Ph.D. from The University of Iowa, where she specialized in religion and literature. Her dissertation explores the intertextuality of William Blake's poetry through an analysis of biblical literary forms and styles in Blake's epic poem Jerusalem.
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