Hannah Dick is an Assistant Professor in Communication and Media Studies. Her work brings together media studies with the study of religion. She holds a PhD in Communication from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and an MA in Religion and Modernity from Queen’s University.a Prior to joining Carleton she was a Visiting Assistant Professor at New York University (NYU), in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication. Dr. Dick has taught courses in media methods and communication theory, political communication, popular culture, advertising, religion and media, and mediating death.
Dr. Dick’s work looks at the relationship between religion, law, media, and public policy. Her work interrogates the historical dominance of Christianity in different liberal democratic contexts. She developed the concept of Christian liberalism in order to understand political and legal discourses which have allowed various iterations of Christianity to be rendered neutral and invisible cultural defaults while the expressions of minority groups (including Muslims, Sikhs, atheists, and LGBTQ communities) have been rendered exceptional or requiring of liberal toleration.
She has written about how Christian liberalism intersects with the claims of a variety of minority religious groups in both Canada and the U.S. Currently she is researching the legal and cultural advocacy work of the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), the law firm which represents Jack Phillips (Masterpiece Cakeshop) and Barronelle Stutzman (Arlene’s Flowers), Christian small business owners who refused to provide services for same-sex weddings. She is interested in the narrow articulation of religious freedom in these cases, and the ways that the American Supreme Court has obliged an increasingly corporate-friendly understanding of religious free exercise claims.
“The Invisible Center: Christian Liberalism in American Religious Freedom Jurisprudence” forthcoming in Law, Culture, and the Humanities
“Mitt Romney, Mormonism and the Media: Popular Depictions of a Religious Minority” Journal of Popular Culture 52.1 (2019): 75-97
“Not Without Precedent: Populist White Evangelical Support for Trump” Berkeley Journal of Sociology published online 9 May 2017
“Atheism in Religious Clothing?: Accounting for Atheist Interventions in the Public Sphere” Culture and Religion 16.4 (2015): 372-391
“Between Secularism and Pluralism: Religious Clubs on the Queen’s University Campus” Religion & Education 35.3 (2008): 66-94
“In Québec, Christian Liberalism Becomes the Religious Authority” The Conversation Apr 7, 2019
“New Premier, Same Old Story: Québec’s Longtime Anti-Niqab Efforts” The Conversation Oct 4, 2018