Ph.D. 2010, University of Iowa, Religious Studies: Ethics, Philosophy, Theology, and Culture
Nancy Menning is Assistant Professor of World Religions. She completed her PhD in 2010 from the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Iowa after being ABD in a joint degree program in forest ecosystem management and environmental studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Nancy combines her background in social forestry and environmental studies with her work in religious studies to advance the environmental humanities and to foster simultaneous human and ecological flourishing. Her recent work has emphasized religious aspects of climate change narratives, spiritual practices for cultivating environmental virtues, rituals for mourning environmental losses, and narrative strategies for integrating religious and scientific perspectives. She wishes she had more time to watch birds and read fiction.
Environmental mourning and the religious imagination. Pp. 39-63 in: Mourning Nature: Hope at the Heart of Ecological Loss and Grief (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2017), Ashlee Cunsolo Willox and Karen Landman, eds.
Terry Tempest Williams (author entry). Pp. 3270-3278 in: Critical Survey of American Literature (Salem Press, 2016; 6 volumes), Steven Kellman, ed.
Narrating science and religion: storytelling strategies in Journey of the Universe. Diegesis: Interdisciplinary E-Journal for Narrative Research 5.2 (2016): 21-34. (co-authored with Luke Keller)
Reading nature religiously: cultivating environmental virtue through lectio divina. Worldviews: Global Religions, Culture, and Ecology 20.2 (2016): 169-188.
Review of Patrick Q. Mason’s (ed) Directions for Mormon Studies in the Twenty-first Century; November 2016; Reading Religion