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Kathleen Flake

Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Religious Studies
Office location and address
Gibson Hall, S-421
1540 Jefferson Park Ave
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
PhD, University of Chicago: Ph.D.
Major Area: History of Christianity (American)
Minor Area: Theology & Narrative
MA in Religious Studies, Catholic University of America:
JD, University of Utah School of Law
BA in English, Brigham Young University
RELC 2215: Mormonism and American Culture
Credits: 3
This course is designed to add substantive depth to a general understanding of American religious pluralism and insight into the socio-historical context of American religion through the study of Mormonism. In addition to introducing Mormonism's basic beliefs and practices, the course will explore issues raised by Mormonism's move toward the American mainstream while retaining its religious identity and cultural distinctiveness.
RELC 3215: American Religious Innovation
Credits: 3
This course is about America's newer religious movements: Scientology, Nation of Islam and Mormonism. The class will be using theories of ritual and text to understand how religious communities constitute themselves around an originating vision and retain a sense of continuity notwithstanding dramatic change. We will ask also why these three movements have created such crisis for the American state and anxiety among its citizens.
RELC 3245: Religion, Law, and Culture
Credits: 3
An examination of the legal evolution, philosophical underpinnings and political application of the First Amendment religion clauses. Analysis of specific controversies and court opinions will be supported by attention to such key concepts as "secularism," "tolerance," "civilization," "gender" and "race" in the application of these clauses domestically and in U.S. foreign policy.
RELG 5559: New Course in Religion
Credits: 1–4
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new topic in the subject of general religion.
RELG 8400: Historiography Seminar in American Religion
Credits: 3
Examines current historiographical issues in the interpretation of religion in American history. Prerequisite: instructor permission.
RELS 8960: Thesis Research
Credits: 3
Research on problems leading to a master's thesis.
RELS 8998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Research
Credits: 1–12
For master's research, taken before a thesis director has been selected.
RELS 8999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For master's thesis, taken under the supervision of a thesis director.
RELS 9998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Doctoral Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral research, taken before a dissertation director has been selected.
RELS 9999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral dissertation, taken under the supervision of a dissertation director.