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Myrna Perez Sheldon

Myrna Perez Sheldon, portrait
Associate Professor
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Myrna Perez Sheldon is Assistant Professor of Gender and American Religion, jointly appointed in two departments, Classics & World Religions and Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies.

Her WGSS office is located at 31 S. Court St., Office 107.

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Ph.D., Harvard University, Department of the History of Science, 2014

B.S., Westmont College, Department of Biology; Department of History, 2006

Research Interests

  • Science and Religion
  • Feminist Science Studies
  • Sexuality Studies
  • Critical Race Studies
  • History of Science
  • 19th and 20th Century U.S. History
  • History of Christianity

Courses Taught

  • CARS 2510 Difficult Dialogues: Religion, Gender, and Sexuality
  • CARS 2530 Difficult Dialogues: Science and Religion
  • CARS 3230 American Religion and Politics
  • CARS 3290 Women and Religion

About Dr. Sheldon

Myrna Perez Sheldon earned her Ph.D. in the History of Science from Harvard University in 2014 and was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center for Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Rice University. She is a faculty affiliate of the Program for Science, Religion, and Culture at Harvard Divinity School and is the editor of Cosmologics Magazine.

She was a Research Fellow at the Darwin Correspondence Project at Cambridge University from 2010-13. Her work has been supported by the Huntington Library, the Library Company of Philadelphia, the American Philosophical Society, and the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History.

She has published in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, Endeavour, Studies in the History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, and the Routledge Companion to Religion and Ecology.

Dr. Sheldon's dissertation, on the public career of Harvard evolutionary biologist and public intellectual Stephen Jay Gould, was the sole runner up for the Allan Nevins Prize in American History. The book manuscript is currently under review at the University of Chicago Press.