Assistant Professor of Theology

ASB 307
219.464.5853
melanie.trexler@valpo.edu

Education

  • B.A. (Religion and Political Science) – Furman University, Greenville, S.C.
  • M.Div. – Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee
  • M.A. (Religious and Theological Studies) – Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
  • Ph.D. (Religious and Theological Studies) –Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

Contributions

  • Book: Evangelizing Lebanon: Baptists, Muslims, and the Question of Cultures. Waco Texas: Baylor University Press, 2016.
  • Encyclopedia Articles: “Fatima al-Nabawiyya” (p. 272) and “Husayn b. Mansur al-Hallaj” (pp. 342–3) in Holy People of the World: An Encyclopedia. Edited by P. Jestice. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2004.
  • Book Review: P. Tabar and J. Skulte-Ouaiss (eds.), Politics, Culture, and the Lebanese Diaspora. Arab Studies Quarterly 35.1 (2013): 76–79.
  • Blogs: “Fútbol and faith: the World Cup and Ramadan,” OUPblog, July 13, 2014, http://blog.oup.com/2014/07/futbol-faith-world-cup-ramadan-brazil-2014/ and  “Foods and Festivals of Ramadan Around the World,” OUPblog, June 25, 2015, http://blog.oup.com/2015/06/ramadan-food-festivals/.
  • Forthcoming:
    • “Afterword,” in Re-Imagining the Reformation from the Margins: A Look from the Diaspora at 500 Years, by Alberto L. García and John A. Nunes. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans Publishing, forthcoming 2017.
    • “Lebanon,” in Encyclopedia of Christianity in the Global South, edited by Mark A. Lamport. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, forthcoming 2018.

Interests

Professor Trexler’s scholarly interests and research focus on Muslim–Christian relations in the U.S. and Arab world. She is particularly interested in the encounters between Muslims and Christians through history, examining the ways in which these encounters shape identity construction, religious ideas, political views, and interreligious engagement.

Courses Taught

  • Islamic Religion and Culture (THEO-362)
  • Themes in the History of Religion: Religions of the World (THEO-360)
  • Abrahamic Religions: Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations (THEO-368)
  • Muslims in America (THEO-368A)
  • The Christian Tradition: Global Christianities (THEO-200)

Memberships

  • American Academy of Religion (AAR)
  • Middle East Studies Association (MESA)

Recognitions

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute, “American Muslims: History, Culture, and Politics,” July 12–31, 2015, Washington, D.C.

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