Stephanie A. Budwey is the Luce Dean’s Faculty Fellow Assistant Professor of the History and Practice of Christian Worship and the Arts and Director of the Religion in the Arts and Contemporary Culture Program. Her teaching and research focus on the relationships between social justice issues, liturgy, and the arts. Before coming to Vanderbilt, she worked on a Post-doc project at the Kirchliche Hochschule Wuppertal/Bethel in Germany entitled “Letting the Entire Body of Christ Speak: Practical Theological Reflections on Intersex Christian Narratives.” This research is the foundation for her current book project, tentatively entitled Religion and Intersex: Perspectives from Science, Law, Culture, and Theology, which will be published as part of the Routledge New Critical Thinking in Religion, Theology and Biblical Studies series.
Originally from Boston, MA, she completed her Th.D. at the Boston University School of Theology in 2012 in liturgical studies and church music. Her dissertation on Marian hymnody was published in 2014 by Liturgical Press as
Sing of Mary: Giving Voice to Marian Theology and Devotion
. Stephanie has presented lectures and papers throughout North America and Europe, and she has articles and book chapters published on such topics as intersex and theology, Marian hymnody, and queer hymnody.
A member of the Episcopal Church, she comes to Vanderbilt with many years of practical experience having worked in churches of various denominations and contexts as an organist and choir director. She currently serves as Organist/Parish Musician at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Nashville.
serves as the assistant dean for academic affairs and as a lecturer at Vanderbilt University Divinity School. The courses he offers explore the intersections between the disciplines of literature and religion and support the concentration in religion and the arts and the Certificate Program in Religion and the Arts in Contemporary Culture. Among the courses he currently teaches are The Incarnational Art of Flannery O’Connor, Religious Questions in the Canon of Albert Camus, A Religious Dialogue between Two Christian Poets: Emily Dickinson and Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J., The Religious Questions in Five Novels by William Faulkner: The Sound and the Fury, Absalom, Absalom!, Light in August, Sanctuary, and Requiem for a Nun,
and Writing Creatively About Religio
came to Vanderbilt University after 25 years in the music industry where, as a recording artist, guitarist, songwriter, and record producer, he had professional associations with a number of Americas great musicians and performers such as Carole King and Ray Charles. Dave earned the Master of Divinity at Vanderbilt Divinity School and the Ph.D. at Vanderbilt University where he was a graduate fellow at The Center for the Study of Religion and Culture. Dave has scholarly and personal interests in music, visual art, film, and cross-disciplinary culture studies. He teaches courses on theological aesthetics, songwriting, creativity, popular religion in the arts, and Christianity's ongoing presence in American pop music. A portion of Dave's work on the contemporary worship music industry is featured in The Spirit of Praise: Music and Worship in Global Pentecostal-Charismatic Christianity
(Penn State University Press). In 2016, Dave contributed to God Only Knows: Peace, Hope, Love, and the Beach Boys (Cascade Books / Wipf and Stock Publishers). Dave's
2009 album, Pistol City Holiness
, which combines blues and alternative rock themes has been called a blues-rock masterpiece by critics. Dave composed and recorded the soundtrack for the feature film Deadline
. It was released in 2012 on Lugnut Records. Dave's latest recording is Fugitive Colors
. It features twelve compositions drawing on several contemporary songwriting styles; it was released in the summer of 2017. In production now and coming in early 2019 is a collection of new compositions, Local Life
. (see www.listentodaveperkins.com). Dave retired from his position at Vanderbilt Divinity School in the spring of 2020. We look forward to celebrating when it is safe to gather again!