Dr. Shannon McRae

  Dr. Shannon McRae

Dr. Shannon McRae

Professor (Coordinator Film Studies)

Fenton Hall 257


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Ph.D., University of Washington

I was born to poor Lithuanian acrobats in a traveling carnival. After a traumatic incident involving a trapeze and a popcorn dispenser, I decided academia was a better and less hazardous direction.

Teaching Interests

Film Studies, American Studies, Mythology and Folklore, American Popular Culture, Bible as Literature, Arthurian literature, Greek and Roman literature, Irish literature and culture, Modernism, Postmodernism, Queer Theory, Critical Theory, Poetry and Poetics,

Research Interests

20th century intersections of religion and popular culture, literary and aesthetic modernism, postmodernism, folk religions, psychoanalytic theory, American roads and regions.

Professional Membership

  • Southwest Popular and American Culture Association
  • Communal Studies Association

Intellectual Contributions

  • "The Israelite House of David," World Religions and Spirituality Project (2020).
  • "Descriptive Bibliography of the Imprints of the House of David Collection," American Communal Societies Quarterly, Special Issue (2018).


  • "The Christians and the Pagans: Zitkála-Šá and William Thompson Seton," Southwest Popular American Culture Association Annual Conference (2020).
  • "The Progressive Lady Meets the American Indian Movement," Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Conference (2019).
  • "Wandering Star: How the Israelite House of David Received Their Sacred Text at the Side of the Road," Communal Studies Association National Conference (2018).
  • "Out of the Woods and Into the Parks: White/Native Collaboration, Modern Spirituality, and Constructions of Authenticity," Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Conference (2018).
  • "Barchair Tourism: Cocktail Culture and the Fetishistic Object of Ideology," Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Conference (2017).
  • "Theory Without Tears: Why Literature Programs Need Film Studies," Media, Communication, and Film Studies (2016).
  • "“The Great Gatsby and Jazz Age Drinking Culture” ," Big Read (2015).