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. 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, popular culture, advertising, religion and media, and mediating death.
Dr. Dick’s work looks at the relationship between religion, media, and public policy. She is currently working on a book project on Christian liberalism, a concept she developed in order to understand the historical dominance of Christianity in different liberal democratic contexts. Christian liberalism can be seen in 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) are rendered exceptional or requiring liberal toleration. Case studies include: recent attempts by white evangelicals in the United States to advance religious freedom legislation exempting small business owners from federal anti-discrimination law; attempts by politicians in Québec to ban full-face coverings from public service sectors; and work by transnational atheist groups to redefine atheism in religious terms in order to receive special state protections. Dr. Dick’s work combines political and legal theory, the sociology of religion, media studies, and the study of popular culture.
“Mitt Romney, Mormonism and the Media: Popular Depictions of a Religious Minority” forthcoming in the Journal of Popular Culture 52.1 (2019)
“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