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Jill DeTemple

Associate Professor, Undergraduate Program Adviser

B.A., Bowdoin College; M.T.S., Harvard Divinity School; Ph.D., the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Hyer Hall 300G
214-768-2102
detemple@smu.edu

Dr. Jill DeTemple (B.A., Bowdoin College; M.T.S., Harvard Divinity School; Ph.D., the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies. DeTemple served several years as an agricultural extensionist with the U.S. Peace Corps in Ecuador before beginning her graduate studies. Her research interests include religiously sponsored development organizations, religions of Latin America, Pentecostalism, and theory and method in the study of religion. She is the author of Cement, Earthworms, and Cheese Factories: Religion and Community Development in Rural Ecuador (University of Notre Dame Press, 2012). Dr. DeTemple has received two Ford Tinker grants, a Foreign Language and Area Studies grant, and a Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning Summer Fellowship for research in Ecuador, and serves as co-chair for the Religion and International Development Group at the American Academy of Religion. Her courses include "Borderlands: Latino/a Religions in the United States," "The Philosophy of Religion," "The Social-Scientific Study of Religion," "Ways of Being Religious," and "Gender, Religion, and International Development" as well as graduate seminars in religious studies. She is the recipient of the HOPE Teaching Award, the Rotunda Outstanding Professor Award, and the Golden Mustang Award for excellence in teaching, and was a 2008-2009 fellow at the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion.