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

Rebecca Barrett-Fox

Contact Information

P: (870) 972-3262


Building: International Student Center
Room: 213