Faculty Profile for Dr. Joseph Laycock

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Dr. Joseph Laycock
Assistant Professor — Philosophy
CMAL 207-C
phone: (512) 245-3145

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Joseph Laycock is an assistant professor of religious studies at Texas State University. He has written several books on new religious movements and American religious history. He is also a co-editor for the journal Nova Religio.

Teaching Interests

theory and method in religious studies; new religious movements; American religious history

Research Interests

moral panic; religion and role-playing games; Marian apparitions; spirit possession

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Laycock, J. P. (2018). Vampirism: Modern Vampires and Embattled Identity Claims. In The Supernatural in Society, Culture, and History. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press.
  • Mikles, N. L. (2018). “Name it and Disclaim it: A Tool for Better Discussion in Religious Studies,.” Bulletin for the Study of Religion Blog.
  • Laycock, J. P. (2018). Plane`te Bleue Te ́le ́vision, prod., Occult Crimes. 2015. Television series, ten episodes.  In Nova Religio 21:4 (2018): 133-135. Nova Religio.
  • Laycock, J. P. (2018). “What the Hail: Satanists Got Busy in 2018,” Religion Dispatches (December 21, 2018).
  • Laycock, J. P. (2018). “Will Infamous ‘Candy Cane Memo’ Resurrect Flailing ‘War on Christmas’?,” Religion Dispatches (December 19, 2018).

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Alpha Chi National College Honor Society, Favorite Professor, Spring 2016., Alpha Chi National College Honor Society, Alfred H. Nolle Chapter. May 1, 2016
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Golden Apple Award for Scholarly/Creative Activity, Texas State University. 2015
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Presidential Distinction Award for Excellence in Scholarly/Creative Activities (Philosophy), Texas State University College of Liberal Arts. 2015
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Tenth Annual Thomas Robbins Award for Excellence in the Study of New Religious Movements. 2012
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Angela J. and James J. Rallis Memorial Award/Alice M. Brennan Humanities Award for research in the Humanities, Boston University Humanities Foundation. 2011

Selected Service Activities

Research Committee
September 1, 2017-Present
AAR Guide Star for Undergraduate Religious Literacy
Nova Religio
September 1, 2016-Present
Steering Committee, New Religious Movements Section, American Academy of Religion
January 1, 2016-Present
Committee for Creating a New Major in Religious Studies
September 1, 2014-Present