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Douglas Harrison

Douglas HarrisonAssociate Professor of English
Phone: (239) 590-7504
Office: RH 133

Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis, 2005
A.M., Washington University in St. Louis, 2001
B.A., University of Missouri-St. Louis, 1998

Primary Teaching Areas: American literature and culture, especially American religious thought, experience, and psychology

Research focus: contemporary evangelical culture and theology, gospel music and culture, sexuality and gender, technology and higher education.

Professor Harrison’s research focuses on the strategies religious subcultures use to accommodate change, and at the same time preserve traditional values and practices. He is particularly interested in the way Protestant, fundamentalist evangelicalism interacts with modern American life. His book, Then Sings My Soul: The Culture of Southern Gospel Music (University of Illinois Press, 2012), explores this dynamic within the world of southern, white gospel music. In addition to working in his primary fields, Professor Harrison also cultivates an interest in technology and culture: he was the founding director of the Hurst Digital Archive at Washington University, and has received the National Education Association’s Excellence in the Academy prize for his essay on blogging and the professoriate. His research has also been recognized with the FGCU Junior Faculty Scholarship Excellence Award. Harrison is currently the FGCU Faculty Senate President and a member of the University's Board of Trustees.Selected Publications:

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