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Jenna Reinbold

Jenna Reinbold

Assistant Professor of Religion
Religion, 318 Lawrence Hall
p 315-228-6466


BA Portland State University 1999
MA, PhD University of California, Santa Barbara 2003, 2007


Religion and law/politics in the U.S., religion and human rights, secularism and secularity, religion and modernity.


The contemporary intersection of religion and politics; conservative religious engagements with modernity; the separation of church and state in the U.S.; religion and the "culture wars"; the role of religion and secularism in the creation and propagation of international human rights.


Seeing the Myth in Human Rights, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017.

"Traditional Marriage on Trial: The Supreme Court, Same-Sex Marriage, and the Fate of Secular Argumentation," Journal of Church and State (Winter 2017).

"Sacred Institutions and Secular Law: The Faltering Voice of Religion in the Courtroom Debate Over Same-Sex Marriage," Journal of Church and State 56.2 (Spring 2014): 248-268.

"Political Myth and the Sacred Center of Human Rights: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Narrative of 'Inherent Human Dignity,'" Human Rights Review 12.2 (May 2011): 147-171.

"Radical Islam and Human Rights Values: A 'Religious-Minded' Critique of Secular Liberty, Equality and Brotherhood," Journal of the American Academy of Religion 78.2 (2010): 449-476.

"Rogue Agents, Religion, and the Rule of Law: The Limits of Legalism in the Face of Technologies of Mass Destruction," Implicit Religion 2.1 (2009).


"Making and Unmaking Political Myth in the Era of Human Rights," with Honors, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2007.