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Hannah Dick

Associate Professor
    Building:Richcraft Hall, Room 4207
    Department:School of Journalism and Communication
    Degrees:B.A. (Hons), Queen’s University; M.A. in Religion and Modernity, Queen’s University; Ph.D. in Communication, University of California San Diego


    Hannah Dick (she/her) is an Associate Professor in Communication and Media Studies. Her work brings together communication and 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. 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 communication and media theory, political communication, popular culture, and media and religion. She is available to supervise students working on the following topics/areas: political theory; religion and/in the public sphere; the cultural politics of popular representations.

    Research Interests

    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 working on the SSHRC-funded project, “Christian Persecution at the Courts,” which examines how discourses of victimization and persecution circulate in legal, political, and cultural debates.


    “About Face: Hypocrites and Outliers in Canadian News Coverage of Masking and Anti-Masking During the Coronavirus Pandemic” TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies 46.1 (2023): 329-352. doi/10.3138/topia-2022-0008

    “Advocating for the Right: Alliance Defending Freedom and the Christian Persecution Complex” Feminist Legal Studies (2021) doi: 10.1007/s10691-021-09468-0

    “Framing Faith During the 2016 Election: Journalistic Coverage of the Trump Campaign and the Myth of Evangelical Schism” in Evangelicals and Presidential Politics, Ed. Andrew Moore, Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press: 2021.

    “The Invisible Center: Christian Liberalism in American Religious Freedom Jurisprudence” Law, Culture, and the Humanities (2019)

    “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