Jeffrey Brackett

Associate Professor of Religious Studies

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North Quad 207  Phone: 765-285-8038  Fax: 765-285-1245

Philosophy and Religious Studies
North Quad 204
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Profile:

My areas of specialization are Religions of India, Hinduism, Buddhism, and the Anthropology of Religion. As a generalist, I also teach “Introduction to Religion in Culture,” and “Religion in Popular Culture,” both of which grow out of my continued interest in everyday, lived religion. I use several comics and graphic novels in my “Religion and Popular Culture” class, which formed the initial ideas that led to my Virginia Ball Center Immersive-Learning Seminar (Spring 2015), “Representing Religion in Comics.” In 2014 I received BSU’s highest teaching award, The Outstanding Teaching Award, and I continue working intensively on issues of teaching and learning in Religious Studies. Currently, I am the Project Director for a $30,000 grant from the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion (2015-2017), “Faith Commitments in the Classroom.” Part of the grant work involves a number of revisions to our curriculum, including the creation of several new courses (with my colleagues), and the development of a vibrant community of students interested in examining roles of religion in culture. One of my current research projects examines representations of “Hindus” and “Hinduism” in modern comics books. A second major project is an examination of the continued legacy of a 17th century Hindu “saint” through literature (the Marathi novel Ānanda Owarī [D. B. Mokashi]), drama, and film. (I tweeted an initial, line-by-line, translation that included the original Marathi.) Finally, I am the Regionally Elected Coordinator for the American Academy of Religion, Midwest Region (2015-2017), and I am pleased to host at BSU the annual conference for the first time.

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Course Schedule
  • Course
    Course
    No.
    No.
    Section
    Section
    Time
    Time
    Days
    Days
    Location
    Location
  • Course
    Religion and Popular
    No.
    201
    Section
    1
    Section
    0930-1045
    Days
    T R
    Location
    BB 103
  • Course
    Hinduism
    No.
    290
    Section
    1
    Section
    1230-1345
    Days
    T R
    Location
    NQ 142
Philosophy and Religious Studies
North Quad 204
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday (Summer Hours: 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays)
Phone: 765-285-1244
Fax: 765-285-1245
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