Welcome to Arkansas State University!

Visiting Assistant Professor


Ph.D. in American Studies (with honors)

December 2010:  University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Dissertation:    “Pray Not for This People for Their Good”: Westboro Baptist Church, the Religious Right, and American Nationalism

Comprehensive Exams:              American religion, family life, and sexuality

Committee Members: Norman Yetman, American studies and sociology (co-chair); Tim Miller, religious studies (co-chair); Brian Donovan, sociology; Randal Maurice Jelks, American studies; Ben Chappell, American studies


M.A. in American Studies

May 2002:  University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Thesis:  “Edifying Entertainment”: How Readers Use Christian Romance Novels


B.A. in English and Human Studies (summa cum laude)                   

May 2000:  Juniata College, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania

Research Interests

  • American religion and society
  • Hate groups
  • Sexuality and gender
  • Family and reproduction
  • Race and ethnicity
  • Nationalism
  • Social activism and the public good
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Law and policy


  • 2012-Present                        Faculty Council member, Hesston College
  • 2012-Present                        Book review editor, Journal of Hate Studies
  • 2009-Present                        Religion and American Culture Caucus Member
    • Co-chair, 2011-2012
    • Chair, 2012-present
  • 2000-Present                        American Studies Association, member


Dr. Rebecca Barrett-Fox is a visiting assistant professor of sociology. Her research interests are in religion, sexuality and family, politics and the law, social movements, conservatism, and hate groups. She has conducted major research projects on Westboro Baptist Church (the subject of her dissertation at the University of Kansas) and Christian financial planning. She enjoys teaching sociology of religion, sociology of sexuality, and methods of social research and has a special place in her heart for introduction to sociology, a course that she thinks can motivate students to be engaged, informed citizens. A native Pennsylvanian, she earned her undergraduate degree at Juniata College, a small liberal arts college in the Allegheny Mountains. She enjoys travel, bluegrass music, and cooking, though not every night. She is also relatively new to Arkansas—so if you have a favorite destination to recommend, please share!