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Konden.Smith@asu.edu

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SHPRS Religious Studies Facult
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Mail Code: 4302

(623)247-1051

Bio

Konden Smith holds a dual B.A. in History and Religious Studies from Northern Arizona University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Arizona State University. For the past year, Smith taught at Northern Arizona University in the Religious Studies department as a full-time Instructor in Modern Christianity. Continuing to teach online for NAU, Smith is now teaching onground courses at ASU.

Courses Taught: Religion in America, Intro to the Academic Study of Religion (Ritual, Symbol, and Myth), Religions of the World, American Religious Traditions, Religion and Popular Culture, Religious Traditions of the West, Intro to Christianity, New Testament, Religion and Society (Mormonism), Mysticism in the West. 

Research Interests

Konden Smith looks at Religion in the Americas, particularly 19th and early 20th century North America. His dissertation explored expressions of religious identity within the larger cultural shifts at the end of the nineteenth century, and how those changes inspire response or reaction. Focusing on Mormonism, Smith’s research understood national reactions to it in ways that make sense of what it means to be “American.” More broadly, his research looks at the encounters of minority and majority groups so as to understand the dynamics of group agency, which illuminate religious motivation and identity formation, as well the roots of religious conflict and resolution.

Courses

Spring 2014

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
REL 320 American Religious Traditions
REL 321 Religion in America

Fall 2013

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
REL 100 Religions of the World
REL 321 Religion in America

Summer 2013

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
REL 202 Religion and Popular Culture
REL 320 American Religious Traditions

Spring 2013

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
REL 100 Religions of the World
REL 202 Religion and Popular Culture
REL 310 Western Religious Traditions
REL 321 Religion in America

Fall 2012

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
REL 100 Religions of the World
REL 321 Religion in America

Summer 2012

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
REL 321 Religion in America

Spring 2012

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
REL 207 Ritual, Symbol, and Myth

Fall 2011

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
REL 207 Ritual, Symbol, and Myth

Summer 2011

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
REL 321 Religion in America

Winter 2010

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
REL 207 Ritual, Symbol, and Myth

Summer 2010

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
REL 305 Ritual, Symbol, and Myth

Spring 2010

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
REL 321 Religion in America

Fall 2009

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
REL 100 Religions of the World

Summer 2009

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
REL 305 Ritual, Symbol, and Myth

Curriculum Vitae / Resume

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