Melissa M. Wilcox

Professor and Holstein Family and Community Chair in Religious Studies
Department Chair

INTN 2046

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Melissa M. Wilcox specializes in the study of gender, sexuality, and religion in the Global North/Global West. Dr. Wilcox’s books include Coming Out in Christianity: Religion, Identity, and Community; Sexuality and the World’s Religions; Queer Women and Religious Individualism; Religion in Today’s World: Global Issues, Sociological Perspectives; Queer Nuns: Religion, Activism, and Serious Parody; Queer Religiosities: An Introduction to Queer and Transgender Studies in Religion; and (with Nina Hoel and Liz Wilson) Religion, the Body, and Sexuality. Dr. Wilcox’s current research is on spirituality in leather and BDSM communities. For more information on this project, click here.