Shannon Dunn, Ph.D.

Professor and Department Chair of Religious Studies

My research includes attention to gender, violence, and religious and secular systems of law.

Shannon Dunn, Ph.D.

Contact Information

  • Office Hours Spring 2024

    Tuesday Thursday: 11:00am -12:00pm

    Wednesday: 1:30-2:30 pm
    or by appointment


  • (509) 313-3625

Education & Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D., Florida State University

M.A., Religion, Claremont School of Theology

B.A., University of Puget Sound

Courses Taught

RELI 331 Sex, Gender, and Religious Ethics

RELI 350 Interreligious Dialogue

RELI 354 Islamic Civilization

RELI 530 Catholic Moral Theology

SOSJ 101/499 Solidarity and Social Justice

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

“Islam, Gender, and Violence: Muslim Feminist Scholars in the Public Eye,” 25th Anniversary Edition of the Journal of Law and Religion 31.3 (2016): 293-305.

“The End of Religious Liberty? Institutional Sovereignty and the Question of Social Justice,” Journal of Religion 96.4 (2016): 488-505.

“Experience, Authority, and Social Critique: Comparing the Work of John Dewey and Margaret Farley,” Journal of Feminist Theology 24.1 (2016): 171-186.

“Myth or Method: Religious Ethics, MacIntyre’s Modernity, and the Question of Power,” Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal 98.3 (2015): 233-259.

“Islamophobia, Hateful Speech, and the Need to Practice Democratic Virtues,” Journal of Hate Studies 11.1 (2013/2014): 29-49.

“Virtue Ethics, Social Difference, and the Challenge of an Embodied Politics,” Journal of Religious Ethics 41.1 (2013): 27-49.

“Examining the Intersection between Scripture and Law: Women and Qur’an 4:34,” Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion 26.2 (2010): 11-36. Co-authored with Rosemary

“The Female Martyr and the Politics of Death: A Comparison of Vibia Perpetua and Wafa Idris,” Journal of the American Academy of Religion 78.1 (2010): 202-225.

Articles Accepted for Publication

“Evaluating the Ethnographic Turn in Comparative Religious Ethics,” Journal of Religious Ethics (forthcoming)

Peer-Reviewed Articles in an Edited Volume

“Human Rights and Islamic Law,” Oxford Handbook of Islamic Law, ed. Anver Emon and Rumee Ahmed (published online; forthcoming in hard copy format 2017)

“Domestic Violence and Religious Ethics,” Wiley Encyclopedia of Religious Ethics (forthcoming)

Encyclopedia Articles

“Domestic Violence and Religious Ethics,” The Encyclopedia of Religious Ethics, ed. Schweiker and Bucar (forthcoming)

“Progressive Muslims,” Encyclopedia of Muslim-American History, ed. Edward Curtis IV (2010)

“Muslim Women,” Encyclopedia of Religion in America, ed. Lippy and Williams (2010)

Invited Book Reviews

Essays on Religion and Human Rights: Ground to Stand nn by David Little for Reading Religion, part of the Journal of the American Academy of Religion (July 2016)

Keeping Faith with Human Rights by Linda Hogan for Reading Religion, part of the Journal of the American Academy of Religion (July 2016)

Striving in the Path of God: Jihad and Martyrdom in Islamic Thought by Asma Afsaruddin for the Journal of the American Academy of Religion (2015)

Honor, Violence, Women, and Islam, ed. Idriss and Abbas, for Journal of Law and Religion (2013)

Women, Islam, and Everyday Life: Renegotiating Polygamy in Indonesia by Nina Nurmila, for Journal of Law and Religion (2013)

  • Religion and Law
  • Comparative Religious Ethics
  • Gender, Sexuality, and Religion