Jenna Supp-Montgomerie earned a Ph.D. in religious studies with a certificate in cultural studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She holds a joint appointment in Religious Studies and Communication Studies at the University of Iowa. Her research examines the relationships of religion, media, and technology.
Jenna’s work focuses on the appearance of religious thinking and practices in everyday life, particularly as we adopt and negotiate technological change. She has published essays and book chapters on this theme, including “Planetary Subjects after the Death of Geography” in Planetary Loves: Gayatri Spivak, Postcoloniality, and Theology and “‘If Only You Could See What I’ve Seen Through Your Eyes’: Destabilized Spectatorship and Creation’s Chaos in Blade Runner” in CrossCurrents. She is currently working on a book about the vital influence of American Christianity on globalization. This study begins in 1858, when the Atlantic telegraph cable was first successfully strung across the ocean. At that moment, Americans declared the advent of a world unified by communication and marked by the ends of distance and war. This persistent rhetoric animated what it meant to be modern and American and today echoes in claims that the Internet creates a global village.
Jenna teaches courses on critical theory, media history and theory, religion and cultural life, digital media, and American religious history.
- “Planetary Subjects after the Death of Geography.” In Planetary Loves: Gayatri Spivak, Postcoloniality, and Theology, edited by Stephen Moore and Mayra Rivera, 149-167. New York: Fordham University Press, October 2010. (Published under Jenna Tiitsman.)
- “Teaching Religious Diversity and Conflict.” In Education, Innovation, and Discovery: The Distinctive Promise of the American Research University, edited by Wendy Katkin, 52-55. Coral Gables, Fl.: The Reinvention Center at the University of Miami, 2009. (Published under Jenna Tiitsman.)
- “‘If Only You Could See What I’ve Seen Through Your Eyes’: Destabilized Spectatorship and Creation’s Chaos in Blade Runner.” Cross Currents 54:1(2004): 32-47. (Published under Jenna Tiitsman.
- RELS:2930 Digital Media and Religion
- RELS:5400 Methods & Theories in Study of Religion
- RELS:2080 Public Life in US Religion & Media
- Caroline H. and Thomas S. Royster Fellowship, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2007-2012.
- Distinguished Teaching Award, Royster Society of Fellows, UNC-Chapel Hill, November 2011.
- Co-Chair, Religion, Media and Culture Group of the American Academy of Religion, 2009-present.
- Co-Chair and Co-Presider, Religion and Media Workshop, AAR Pre-Conference, Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, 2008-2014.