Stewart Hoover

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University of Colorado Boulder
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Stewart M. Hoover is Professor of Media Studies and Religious Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he directs the Center for Media, Religion, and Culture. His field of scholarship is in media audience research, media history, and the social and political impact of the media. He is an internationally-recognized expert on media and religion, and the University of Colorado's Center is one of only four in the world devoted to this important and emerging field of study. Professor Hoover has studied and written about a diverse array of topics in this field, including televangelism, religion journalism, religion in secular and entertainment media, and religion in the internet and digital media. He and his colleagues have studied the ways audiences today find religious and spiritual meaning in the media: from books, television and film to Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and the other social media. Through these studies and the Center's outreach efforts, they hope to build public understanding of the ways that religion is being changed by the media age, and the forms through which religion persists in the 21st Century both nationally and globally. Their work on Islam has looked at the ways it is understood through the media and the ways it is being formed and shaped by the media practices of different groups across the world. Their work on Christianity has most recently focused on popular forms, including neo-Pentecostalism, and on the way Protestantism and the media have evolved together in Western modrnity. Professor Hoover's efforts have been supported by grants from the Ford Foundation, the Lilly Endowment, the Social Science Research Council, The Henry Luce Foundation and the Porticus Foundation. Professor Hoover holds the PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and the MA in ethics from the Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley. He has authored, co-authored, edited, or co-edited ten books, including Religion in the Media Age, God Make the Man: Media, Religion, and the Crisis of Masculinity, (with Curtis Coats), and the edited volume, The Media and Religious Authority.
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