About

I wanted to create a blog dedicated to the classes I teach on the academic study of world religions. This blog is for students, teachers, lovers of history and culture, and the everyday reader who simply wants to know more about the history of world religions and the academic study of these traditions.

Short bio (from the Religion Nerd.com website)
Kate has a BA (2000) and MA (2004) in Religion from the University of Georgia.  She has taught as a visiting instructor at both the University of Georgia (2001-2007) and Georgia State University (2008-2011).  Her primary areas of study are Religion and Literature, Religion and Popular Culture, and American Religious History.

In 2007, Kate co-authored a chapter titled Ernest Gaines’ A Lesson Before Dying: Freedom in Confined Spaces with Dr. Carolyn Jones Medine, a professor at the University of Georgia. This past March, she presented her work on the evolution of the literary vampire at SECSOR’s annual conference.

Katherine Daley-Bailey

Education
B.A., Religion, The University of Georgia, 2000 (Magna Cum Laude)

M.A., Religion, The University of Georgia, spring 2004 GPA 4.0

Academic and Professional Positions

Georgia State University: Visiting Lecturer:

PERS 2001: Religious Diversity, fall 2009 (2 sections), fall 2010, spring 2011

PERS 2001: Comparative Religious Pluralism, fall 2008 (2 sections), spring 2009 (2 sections), summer 2009, summer 2010

RELS 2001: Introduction to World Religions, fall 2009 (2 sections), spring 2010 (Honors section), fall 2010 (2 sections), spring 2011

RELS 3270: Survey of World Religions, summer 2009 (Honors section included), spring 2010, summer 2010.

RELS 3300: Early Christianity, fall 2008 (Honors section included)

RELS 3350: New Religious Movements, fall 2008, spring 2011

RELS 3750: Theories and Methods in Religious Studies (Critical Thinking through Writing Course), spring 2010, fall 2010

RELS 3900: Religion and Popular Culture, spring 2009

RELS 4260/ENGL 4260: Religion and Literature, spring 2009

RELS 4750: Seminar in Religious Studies (Critical Thinking through Writing Course), spring 2011

University of Georgia: Visiting Lecturer

RELI 1001: Introduction to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, spring 2002, fall 2002, spring 2003, fall 2003, spring 2004, fall 2005, spring 2006, fall 2006, spring 2007, summer 2007

RELI 4600: Religion and Literature, fall 2006

RELI 4900: Topics and Issues: Religion and Popular Culture, spring 2007

Young Adult Program Coordinator

Oconee County Library, Watkinsville, Georgia, fall 2006-2007

Office Manager and Conference Coordinator

The Council for Spiritual and Ethical Education, fall 2005-summer 2006

Course writer for The Council for Spiritual and Ethical Education

Course title: Religion in American Life (for secondary students), spring 2004 through spring 2005 

M.A. Thesis

Coming of Age: Rite of Passage and Images of Manhood in the Southern Novel (Carolyn M. Jones, Advisor)

Publications
From Plantation to the Prison: African American Confinement Literature, Edited by Tara T.Green, Ernest Gaines’ A Lesson Before Dying: Freedom in Confined Spaces by Katherine Daley and Carolyn M. Jones, Mercer University Press, Fall/Winter 2007

Understanding the Working College Student: New Research and Its Implications for Policy and Practice, edited by Laura W. Perna (Stylus Publishing. Stylus Publishing, LLC. 2010). Book Review, Teaching Theology and Religion, publication date TBD.

Papers and Lectures Presented
Rites of Passage and Trials on Community: Striving to Make the Just Man in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Humanities in the South Conference, Athens, GA, Feb 6-9, 2003
(Same paper), American Academy of Religion Southeastern Regional Conference, Chattanooga, TN, March 14-16, 2003

Compulsive Self-Fashioning Versus Stoic Revelation: Issues of Identity and Perception in “Adaptation,” Academy of Religion Southeastern Regional Conference, Atlanta, GA, March 5-7, 2004

Who would Jesus Bomb?: Christian Narrative Identity, Violence, and Walter Wink’s Work on Jesus’ Third Way, First Annual Gandhian Conference on Nonviolence, Memphis, TN, October 7-9, 2004

A Voice born from Silence: Thomas Merton as Contemplative and Activist, Second Annual Gandhian Conference on Nonviolence, Memphis, TN, October 2005

Sympathy for the Devil: Identifying with the Criminal Other in Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, Academy of Religion Southeastern Regional Conference, Nashville, TN, March 16-18, 2007

Who would Jesus Bomb? Christian Narrative Identity, Violence, and Walter Wink’s Work on Jesus’ Third Way(Part II), American Academy of Religion, Society of Biblical Literature, American Schools of Oriental Research, Southeastern Regional Meeting 2008, March 7-9, 2008, Atlanta Marriott Century (Accepted, not presented due to illness)

 Harry Potter and Aristotle’s Cultivation of Virtues, AmericanAcademy of Religion, Society of Biblical Literature, AmericanSchools of Oriental Research, Southeastern Regional Meeting 2008, March 7-9, 2008, Atlanta Marriott Century (Accepted, not presented due to illness)

Irreverent Entertainment or Serious Satire? The Portrayal of Jesus in Comedy Central’s South Park, American Academy of Religion, Society of Biblical Literature, American Schools of Oriental Research, Southeastern Regional Meeting 2009, March 13-15, 2009, Greensboro, North Carolina

Moral Monsters: The Evolution of the Vampire from Dracula to Twilight, American Academy of Religion, Society of Biblical Literature, American Schools of Oriental Research, Southeastern Regional Meeting 2010, March 5-7, 2009, Atlanta, Georgia

Website Publications

Moral Monster: The Literary Vampire,” Religionnerd.com, http://religionnerd.com/2010/05/17/moral-monster-the-literary-vampire/

“Victims or Conquerors: The Saxon Gospel and Glenn Beck,” Religionnerd.com, http://religionnerd.com/2010/08/01/victims-or-conquerors-the-saxon-gospel-and-glenn-beck/

“In Conversation with Dr. Carolyn J. Medine, Part I and Part II,” Religionnerd.com, http://religionnerd.com/2010/07/23/in-conversation-with-dr-carolyn-j-medine-part-i-2/

“The Greatest Enemy of American Liberty: Catholicism?,” Religionnerd.com, http://religionnerd.com/2010/08/29/the-greatest-enemy-of-american-liberty-catholicism/

“Mary Magdalene and Female Authority in the EarlyChurch,” Religionnerd.com, http://religionnerd.com/2010/10/03/mary-magdalene-and-female-authority-in-the-early-church/

“The World Ended: Didn’t You Get the Memo?: AMC’s The Walking Dead and the Allegorical Zombie, Part I and II,” Religionnerd.com, http://religionnerd.com/2010/12/01/the-world-ended-didnt-you-get-the-memo-amc%e2%80%99s-the-walking-dead-and-the-allegorical-zombie-part-i/

“The ‘Business’ of Being Christian: The Ethics of Usury,” Religionnerd.com, http://religionnerd.com/2011/01/03/the-“business”-of-being-christian-the-ethics-of-usury/

“History of Religious Studies as a Discipline,” Religionnerd.com, http://religionnerd.com/2011/03/06/history-of-religious-studies-as-a-discipline/
 
“Weathering Religion: Weather Channel Theodicies?,” Religionnerd.com, http://religionnerd.com/2011/06/05/weathering-religion-weather-channel-theodicies/
 
Invited Lectures

The Basics of Islam (lecture), The Oconee County Library, Part I of the Abrahamic Religions Lecture/ Film Series,Watkinsville,GA, January 17, 2007

Unraveling the Da Vinci Code (lecture), The Oconee County Library,Watkinsville,GA, May 15th, 2007

Harry Potter for Adults (lecture), The Oconee County Library,Watkinsville,GA, June 21st, 2007

 Islam (lecture), The University of Georgia, Athens, GA, May 26th-28th, 2009

 A Brief History of Judaism (lecture), Michelle Lovern’s Senior Literature classes, Loganville High School, Loganville, GA, October 21st, 2010

 Joseph Campbell’s Hero Myth (lecture), The University of Georgia, Athens, GA, January 23rd, 2009, May 25th, 2010, January 28th and February 4th, 2011

Harry Potter and the Alchemical Renaissance in Popular Children’s Fiction (powerpoint presentation), Athens Clarke County Library, Athens, GA, Wednesday, June 15, 2011, 6:30 p.m.

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