Lisa Weaver-Swartz, Ph.D. – Asbury University
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Assistant Professor of Sociology

Department: Social Sciences & History

Office: Morrison 304

Dr. Lisa Weaver Swartz holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Notre Dame where she affiliated with the Center for the Study of Religion and Society as a research assistant. Now a member of Asbury’s faculty, Lisa serves as an assistant professor and director of the sociology program. Her research explores the intersections between religion and culture, with emphases on gender, material culture, and storytelling. Her first book, Stained Glass Ceilings: How Evangelicals Do Gender and Practice Power, was recently published by Rutgers University Press. It examines student formation within the gendered cultures of two evangelical seminaries.

Lisa’s ongoing research agenda is taking a global frame. Her second project explores the transnational connections of faith-based humanitarian work in southeast Asia. She is also beginning a project examining the theme of pilgrimage as a pedagogical tool.

Lisa loves the mountains, good food, and choral music. She and her husband have four children and two cats and enjoy travelling together.

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • International Social Issues
  • Marriage and Family Studies
  • Gender and Society
  • Sociology Capstone
  • Liberal Arts Seminar

Research interests

  • Religion
  • gender
  • material and visual culture
  • sociology as pedagogy
  • visual methods

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