Sarah McFarland Taylor

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Northwestern University
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Sarah McFarland Taylor is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies, American Studies, and Environmental Policy and Culture, at Northwestern University. Taylor teaches courses in religion and American popular culture and is a former chair of the Religion and Popular Culture program unit of the American Academy of Religion. Taylor's current book project, _Green Religion, Green Culture_, explores variegated, complex, and frequently ironic representations of environmental ethics and values in American popular culture. Whether examining vegetarian vampires, eco-feminist sci-fi, global warming games, green funeral gear, or environmental rappers, Taylor argues that the realm of American popular culture (too often dismissed by academics) has much to tell us more broadly about the conflicted nature of American sensibilities toward nature and how these sensibilities change over time. Taylor also currently serves on the Editorial Board for the Journal of the American Academy of Religion and has served as both national co-chair of the Religion and Ecology section of the American Academy of Religion (AAR) and chair of the "Religion, Ecology, and Culture" section of the Midwest region of the AAR. She currently chairs the Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association’s new “Nature and Environment in Popular Culture” research area and also serves on the Religion, Media, and Culture program unit for the AAR. She is thrilled that Heidi has started this very cool site.
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