Stephanie Brehm

Stephanie Brehm

Stephanie Brehm

Stephanie Brehm

Assistant Director for Academic and Strategic Initiatives, The Graduate School, Northwestern
Instructor, Higher Education Administration and Policy

s-brehm@northwestern.edu

Biography

Stephanie Brehm has been at Northwestern since 2011 in a variety of capacities and roles. A PhD alumna of the Religious Studies Department, she has been a teaching associate and co-instructor in the Higher Education Administration and Policy program since 2015.

As a doctoral student, she was co-chair of the Graduate Leadership and Advocacy Council. During her master’s and her doctoral studies, she was president of the Graduate Student Associations at Northwestern University and Miami University of Ohio. Her academic work uses ethnographic and media studies methods to explore the intersection of entertainment, mass media, and religion in twentieth- and twenty-first-century American society.

She is currently the Assistant Director for Academic and Strategic Initiatives in The Graduate School where she developed and is implementing the strategic plan, reviews curriculum, and leads the assessment initiative. She also organizes, plans, and coordinates the Dissertation Proposal Development Program, which teaches humanities and social science PhD students how to craft research questions and write dissertation proposals. This program is funded by a grant sponsored by the Social Science Research Council.


Research/Scholarship

Education

Year Degree Institution
2017 PhD, Religious Studies Northwestern University
2011 MA, Comparative Religion Miami University
2009 BA, Religion and Communication Studies Florida State University

Selected Publications

Brehm, Stephanie N. (September, 2019). America's Most Famous Catholic (According to Himself): Stephen Colbert and American Religion in the Twenty-First Century. Fordham University Press.

Brehm, Stephanie and Rees, Myev (2017). "Mirror, Mirror, On Our Selves: Disney as a Site of Religio-Cultural Dialogue," in Bruce David Forbes and Jeffrey H. Mahan, Religion and Popular Culture in America, 4th edition, University of California Press.

Research Interests

American religion and mass media, ethnography and narrative, higher education administration and institutional organization.