Summer Research Award, Loyola University Chicago 2016
Robert McNamara Prize in the Study of Religion, Loyola University Chicago 2016
Pre-Doctoral Teaching Fellow, Loyola University Chicago 2013-2014
Book Review, Theater in a Crowded Fire by Lee Gilmore. Sociology of Religion Quarterly. 72(2)
Graduate Assistantships, Loyola University Chicago 2009-2013
Spirit of Service Award, College of DuPage, 2009
Shelford Prize for Excellence in the Study of Religion, King's College London 2004
2016 "’It felt like the moment...’ ‘...our energies rose’ - Sensory religious experience between traditions.” Association for the Sociology of Religion Conference: Seattle, WA
2015 “Not Everyone Can Feel the Spirit.” Chicago Ethnography Conference: Chicago, IL
2012 “Embodied and Emotional: an exploration of personal reports of religious experiences in quantitative and qualitative research.” Sociology Graduate Research Symposium: Loyola University Chicago
2011 “Embodied and Emotional: an exploration of personal reports of religious experiences in quantitative and qualitative research.” Society for the Social Study of Religion Conference: Chicago, IL
2011 “Play over pay: material versus social motivators for game membership and engagement.”Joint paper with Dr. Talmadge Wright. American Humanist Sociologist Conference: Evanston, IL
2011 “Virtual Gaming Worlds: A Microcosm of Complex Social Tie Interactions.” Joint paper with Dr. Talmadge Wright. American Sociological Association National Conference: Las Vegas, NV
2010 “Electronic Role Playing Games, Weak Groups and Increased Sociability” Joint paper with Dr. Talmadge Wright. Association for Humanist Sociology Conference: Santa Fe, NM
2010 “Taizé and Collective Effervescence in Two Contexts.” Association for the Sociology of Religion Conference: Atlanta, GA
2010 “When I was a Punk: The use of the internet as a site of intergenerational legitimation within two youth subcultures.” Midwest Sociological Society Annual Conference: Chicago, IL
2004 “The Need for Neo-Pagan Theology.“ Joint paper presented with Dr. Jeffrey Kupperman. Conference on Contemporary Pagan Studies: San Antonio, TX.
2004 “When Ritual Goes Wrong: Angry Goddess, Recalcitrant Reclaimers.” Academy of American Religions Annual Conference: San Antonio, TX.
Publications, Grants and Awards
Loyola University Chicago
Doctoral Candidate, Sociology
King's College London
MA: Anthropology and Sociology of Religion
Iowa State University
Currently a doctoral candidate in Sociology at Loyola University Chicago, Beth's research interests lie in relgiion, ritual, and embodiment as well as the intersection of the self and media.
Currently, she has a paper on the methodlogical implications of a sensory approach to the study of religion out for consideration at a journal, as well as a co-authored paper (Dr. Talmadge Wright) looking at social networks in casual video gaming under production.
An educator and instructor for the past ten plus years, Beth has taught at private and public universities as well as community colleges. She finds the interaction with students from all walks of life to be rewarding and strongly believes that sociology is a tool through which the world can be rendered intelligible. An example of her teaching philosophy was publised on Loyola University' Chicago's Social Justice blog, and can be read here.
She is a mother, singer, spouse, cat owner, and nerd.