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Ryan O’Leary

BIO

Ryan O’Leary specializes in philosophical theology and questions of religion and culture. The focus of his current research involves applying traditional religious symbols to ecological thought and researching issues at the intersection of civil religion and political discourse. In addition to his teaching, he serves as academic success associate at UW-Stevens Point at Marshfield. His service work includes working as peer reviewer for the Politics and Religion journal. He previously served as Faculty Council member and a member of the Retention Subcommittee at the Wausau branch campus.  O’Leary is a Wisconsin native who enjoys camping, kayaking, and exploring Wisconsin’s parks, forests, and natural areas.

TEACHING HONORS

  • Distinguished Achievement Award, UW-Stevens Point (2001 and 2003)
  • Distinguished Scholarship Award, Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies (2003)

PUBLICATIONS

O’Leary, Ryan. (2016). “From Anglo-Saxon Nativism to Executive Order: Civil Religion and Anti-Immigration Rhetoric,” Politics and Religion Vol. 9 (4), 771-793. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1755048316000389

“Could Wisconsin’s State Parks Really be User Supported?” Silent Sports Magazine (December 2017)
 
“Reading Muir from Kayak and Trail,” Silent Sports Magazine (September 2016)
 
“The genesis of kinship: A review of William Greenway and Amanda Beckenstein Mbuvi,” The Christian Century Volume 133, No. 11 (May 25, 2016)
Lecturer in Religious Studies
Academic Success Associate

Office:
Room 162 - Student Center, Marshfield campus
Phone:
715-389-6533

Education

Ph.D. - Religious Studies
University of Iowa

M.A. - Religion
Syracuse University

B.A. - Philosophy and Religious Studies
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

Courses

Critical Thinking
Introduction to the Study of Religion
Judaism, Christianity, Islam
Religious Diversity in Modern America