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Educational Background

Rennie Schoepflin
Faculty

College of Natural and Social Sciences
Department of History

Office: KH 4065C
Phone: 323-343-2020
Fax: 323-3436431
E-mail: rschoep@calstatela.edu


INTRODUCTION

I joined the CSULA history faculty in the fall of 2005 as chair and professor of history.

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TEACHING INTERESTS

My teaching is led by my belief that at its best education transforms knowledge and beliefs, individual lives, and social interactions. The transmission and assimilation of knowledge and skills are only part of the task of good teaching and learning. The best education facilitates students in acquiring the judgment to know what knowledge they need, the ability to find and synthesize it, the critical skills to evaluate and communicate it, and the wisdom and courage to transform themselves and their communities by its application. I teach courses in cultural and intellectual history, environmental history, and the history of medicine, science, and religion.

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RESEARCH

My research interests include the historical interactions of religion, science, and health, the history of health and medicine in California, and the co-evolution of American views of God and nature as revealed through their beliefs and actions regarding earthquakes. I have spent the last fifteen years studying the beliefs and practices of religious healers, including mental healers, mind healers, and Christian Science healers.

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PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS
Title Date
“Making Doctors and Nurses for Jesus: Medical Missionary Stories and American Children,” Church History 74:3 (September 2005): 1-34. 2005
History of Science and Medicine Brown Bag, University of Wisconsin—Madison, 10 September 2004. Paper presentation: “’The Priest Treats the Soul, the Philosopher Studies the Mind, but the Physician Treats Man’: Science, Religion, and Insanity in Progressive America.” 2004
Christian Science on Trial: Religious Healing in America (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003). 2003
“America's Innovative Nineteenth-Century Religions,” in The History of Science and Religion in the Western Tradition: An Encyclopedia, ed. Gary B. Ferngren, Edward J. Larson, and Darrel W. Amundsen (New York: Garland Publishing, 2000): 307-12. 2000
“Apocalypse in an Age of Science,” in The Encyclopedia of Apocalypticism, vol. 3, Apocalypticism in the Modem Period and the Contemporary Age, ed. Stephen J. Stein (New York: Continuum, 1998): 427-41. 1998

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EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

Ph.D. History of Science 1995

  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
    Madison, Wisconsin

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