Location: Bowdoin / Elizabeth A. Pritchard


Elizabeth Pritchard

Associate Professor of Religion

Chair of Department of Religion

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Kanbar Hall - 110

Teaching this semester

REL 1013. God and Money

Money is frequently assumed to be antithetical to religion even as the two are utterly inseparable. This is what makes it a particularly useful category for exploring what counts as religion—concerns that are integral to the discipline of religious studies and central to humanistic inquiry more broadly. Considers money as a measure of time, as a way human communities construct relationships, as well as how it interacts with moral categories such as value, guilt, and obligation, and theological understandings of sin, debt, poverty, charity, and prosperity. Course readings and visual media consist of predominantly Christian sources with some comparison to other traditions and focus on the significance of money in modern life.

REL 3390. Theories about Religion

Seminar focusing on how religion has been explained and interpreted from a variety of intellectual and academic perspectives, from the sixteenth century to the present. In addition to a historical overview of religion’s interpretation and explanation, also includes consideration of postmodern critiques and the problem of religion and violence in the contemporary world.

Elizabeth A. Pritchard: Bowdoin College: Religion

Elizabeth Pritchard, A.B. (Boston College), M.T.S., M.A., Ph.D. (Harvard) teaches religious thought in the modern West. Her research projects include a study of the relationship between feminist theology and radical democratic theory; a reconstruction and critique of the theological commitments of the Marxist philosopher Theodor Adorno; and an analysis of the foundations of consent in modern political philosophy and religious thought.  


Religion in Public: Locke’s Political Theology (Stanford University Press, 2013)Religion in Public: Locke’s Political Theology (Stanford University Press, 2013)


“Pilgrimages and Publics,” Anthropological Theory, under review.

“Seriously, What Does ‘Taking Religion Seriously’ Mean?,” Journal of the American Academy of Religion 78.4 (December 2010).

“Religion, Mobility and Conflict,” in The Ethics of Mobilities, ed. by Sirgurd Bergmann and Tore Sager (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008).

“Agency Without Transcendence,” Culture and Religion 7.3 (November 2006): 263-289.

Bilderverbot Meets Body in Theodor W. Adorno’s Inverse Theology,” Harvard Theological Review 93:3 (2002): 1-28.

“The Way Out West: Development and the Rhetoric of Mobility in Postmodern Feminist Theory,” Hypatia 15.3 (Summer 2000): 45-72.

“Feminist Theology and the Politics of Failure,” Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion 15 (Fall 1999): 50-72.

Editorials and Reviews

Guest Editor Introduction, Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, 26.1 (Spring 2010).

“Review of Ellen T. Armour and Susan M. St. Ville, eds., Bodily Citations: Religion and Judith Butler,” H-Women, H-Net Reviews, April, 2007.

URL: http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.cgi?path=136541179935877.

“Don’t Be Afraid of the F-Word: Feminism, Fun and the Future” Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion 21 (Fall 2005): 117-121.

“Faith-Based Patriarchy and the Rhetoric of Choice,”

Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion 19 (Spring 2003): 43-48.

“Feminist Publishing: A Mandate for the Millennium,”

Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion 16 (Spring 2000): 107-111.

“Religion and the 2012 Election,” Reed House, Bowdoin College, November 5, 2012.

“Marriage Equality and the Constitution,” Bowdoin College, October 30, 2012.

“John Locke’s Fashionable Religion,” paper presented to the Religion and Critical Theory Colloquium, Brown University, October 4, 2012.

“The Politics of a Catholic ‘Culture of Life’,” International Political Science Association's XXIInd World Congress of Political Science, Reshaping Power, Shifting Boundaries, Madrid, Spain, July 8-12, 2012.

“The Secular Body,” Commun(icat)ing Bodies:  The Body & Religion Conference, University of Graz, Austria,  February 15-17, 2012.

Respondent, “Atheism and Secularism,” panel at the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting (Montreal, Canada, November 7-10, 2009)

“The Meaning and End of ‘Religion’ in a Faith-Based America,” Law, Literature, and Religion Conference, Villanova University School of Law and Department of English, (Villanova, Pennsylvania, October 2, 2009).

Panelist, Public Colloquium on “Faith, Belief and Reason,” Bowdoin College, November 7, 2008.

“Liberalism’s Theology of Consent” Presented at the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting (Chicago, Illinois, November 1-3, 2008).

“Locke’s Political Theology” Presented at the Association for Political Theory Annual Conference (Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, October 9-12, 2008).

“Liberal Agency and Global Inequalities” Presented at the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting (Boston, MA, August 28-31, 2008).

“Forced Religion:  John Locke, Toleration and Consent” Presented at The Politics of Religion-Making Conference (Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY, October 2007).

“Gender and Religion in Migration” Presented at the Mobilities in Transit:  Rethinking the Artefacts, Images and Surroundings of Human Motion and Movability Conference (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway, June 2006).

“Don’t Be Afraid of the F-Word:  Feminism, Fun and the Future” Presented at the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion Teaching for Change Conference (Cambridge, MA, June 2005).

“Agency and Religion” paper accepted for presentation at the Second Annual Christina Conference, entitled “Gender, Religion and Theory in Dialogue” (University of Helsinki, Finland, March 2005).

“Surrender Your Gender:  Religious Subjectivity in William James’s Varieties of Religious

Experience” Presented at the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting (Toronto, November 2002).

“Religion:  The Body of Evidence” Presented at Bowdoin College Common Hour (Brunswick, ME, November 2001).

“Make it or Break it?:  The Body of Belief in Poststructuralism and Theism,” Presented at the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill, NC, February 2001).

“Bodies That Matter:  Consent and Coercion in Feminist Theory of Religion”

Presented at Duke University (Durham, NC, February 2001).

“The Matter of Consent in Feminist Religious Reflection.”

Presented at the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting (Boston, November 1999).

“Feminist Publishing: A Mandate for the Millennium.”

Presented at the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting (Boston, November 1999).

“Translating Theodor W. Adorno’s Theology:  Negative or Inverse?”

Presented at Harvard University Divinity School (Cambridge, MA, April 1998).

“Way Out West:  Women’s Development and the Discourse of Mobility.”

Presented at the National Women’s Studies Association Annual Meeting (Saratoga, NY, June 1996).

“A Rhetoric of Failure?  Negative Theology and Theodor W. Adorno.”

Presented at the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting (New Orleans, November 1996).

Co-Organizer, Symposium:  “Black Women and Pentecostalism in Diaspora,” Bowdoin College (April 2012)

Film Presenter, “Praying in Her Own Voice” Bowdoin Hillel, Bowdoin College (April 2010)

Curator, “Monotheism and Masculinity” Exhibit, Becker Gallery, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, (October 2004).

Advisor, Honors Projects

Hannah Scheidt, “The Second Life of Religion” (2010)

Shelley Barron, “New Blood for Brazil:  Religiosity in the Movement for Amazonian Land Reform” (2009)

Harry Schnur, “Ritual Contest in Maine: Cambodian Buddhists, Zoning, and the Politics of Place” (2008)

Daniel Yingst, “Miracles, Nature, and the Eucharist in Early Medieval Thought” (2007)

Benjamin Cope-Kasten, “The Killing Power in Heaven and Earth:  Cosmic War and Great Peace in the Taiping Rebellion” (2006)

Amy Petersen, “”We have tasted of God and our eyes have been opened:’ A Postcolonial Reexamination of Peyotism and the Native American Church” (2003)

Aaron M. Rosen, “Imaging the Holocaust:  The Authorizing Pressures of Theological Discourse on Holocaust Art” (2001)

Jenette Wood, “Priesthood Power and Women in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints” (2000)


Editor, “Religion and Politics” section of the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion (2005-)

Editorial Board, Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion (2000-)


Chair, Lectures and Concerts Committee (2012-2013)

Chair, Religion Department (2009-2011)

Chair, Faculty Development Committee, Bowdoin College (2009-2010)


Gay and Lesbian Studies Program, Bowdoin College (2010-)

Faculty Development Committee, Bowdoin College (2008-2009)

Committee on Teaching, Bowdoin College (2005-2007)

Committee on Appeals (Reappointment, Promotion, Tenure), Bowdoin College (2004-2007)

Africana Studies Search Committee, Bowdoin College (2005-2006)

Administrative Committee, Bowdoin College (2004-2006)

Curriculum and Educational Policy, Bowdoin College (2002-2003)

Women’s Studies Program at Bowdoin College (1999-2003)


Bowdoin Research Fellowship (2011-2012)

Bowdoin Faculty Leave Supplement (2003-2004)

Whiting Dissertation Completion Fellowship (1997-1998)

Dorot Foundation Scholarship (1986)