Faculty Profile for Dr. Joseph Laycock
Biography and EducationJoseph 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 Intereststheory and method in religious studies; new religious movements; American religious history
Research Interestsmoral 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 (pp. 177–189). Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press.
- Laycock, J. P. (2015). Dangerous Games: What the Moral Panic over Role-Playing Games Says about Play, Religion, and Imagined Worlds. University of California Press.
- Laycock, J. P. (2014). The Seer of Bayside: Veronica Lueken, a Marian Apparition, and the Struggle to Define Catholic Tradition. Oxford University Press.
- Laycock, J. P. (2019). Melissa M. Wilcox. Queer Nuns: Religion, Activism, and Serious Parody (New York University Press, 2018). Nova Religio.
- Laycock, J. P. (2019). How the Necronomicon Became Real: The Ecology of a Legend. In The Paranormal and Popular Culture: A Postmodern Religious Landscape. (pp. 184–197). Routledge.
- 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
September 1, 2017-Present
AAR Guide Star for Undergraduate Religious Literacy
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