Jeffrey H. Mahan

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Ralph E. and Norma E. Peck Chair in Religion and Public Communication
Professor of Ministry, Media and Culture

Phone: (303) 765-3192
Fax: (303) 777-0164
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Curriculum Vitae


  • B.A., The Evergreen State College
  • M.Div., Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
  • Ph.D., Northwestern University


When named to the Peck Chair in Religion and Public Communication Jeffrey Mahan said, “Much of my past work has focused on religious and theological engagements with both fine and popular film, literature and television. I have had the delight of serving on ecumenical juries at the Montreal, Cannes’ and Berlin film festivals. Recently my work is focused on the mediation of religion more broadly, on the emergence of digital culture and the forms of religion in digital culture.”

Trained in the study of religion and society, his publications include Media, Religion and Culture: An Introduction (2014), Religion and Popular Culture in America (2000, 2005), Shared Wisdom (1993), A Long Way from Solving that One (1990), and American Television Genres (1985) as well as essays, book chapters and encyclopedia entries.

Mahan was founding co-chair of the Religion and Popular Culture Group of the American Academy of Religion. Currently, he serves as affiliate faculty at the Center for Media, Religion and Culture, University of Colorado at Boulder and on the Editorial Board, for the Journal of Religion and Popular Culture.

Professor Mahan is past vice president of the Association of Theological Field Educators and through that organization he has trained and mentored directors of field education. He served as Iliff’s director of Professional Formation where he was involved with internship, CPE, and other courses that cultivate religious vocation and a practice of theological reflection on our lived experience of faith in church, community and culture.

A clergy member of the Rocky Mountain Conference of the United Methodist Church, he served churches in Chicago and on the faculty of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary before joining the Iliff faculty in 1995.

Representative courses:

  • Media, Religion and Culture
  • Popular Culture: Myth, Religion and Story
  • Religion and Film
  • Theories of Media and Religion

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