Meet the Faculty

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Christina Littlefield

Assistant Professor of Journalism and Religion

Division: Communication Division
Office: Center for Communication and Business (CCB) 145
Phone: 310-506-7086

  • PhD in Divinity, University of Cambridge, 2012
  • Master of Arts in Religion, Pepperdine University, 2003
  • Bachelor's in Journalism, minor in Religion, Pepperdine University, 2002, Magna Cum Laude
  • Jour 241, Introduction to Newswriting and Editing
  • Jour 590, Investigative and Narrative Reporting
  • Com 400, Communication Ethics
  • Rel 301, Christianity and Culture
  • Rel 635, American Moral Thought
Key Awards/Affiliations:
  • Conejo Church of Christ, member since October 2012, serve on adult education committee and proofread newsletter
  • Investigative Reporters and Editors, member since 2014
  • Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, member since 2014
  • American Academy of Religion, member since 2008, currently Western Region Nineteenth Century Chair
  • American Journalism Historians Association, member since 2015
  • American Society of Church History, since 2015
  • Ecclesiastical History Society, member 2008-2012
  • Society of Professional Journalists, member 1998-2007
  • Second Place, Investigative Reporting, 2007 Associated Press California-Nevada Newswriting and Photo contest
  • First Place, Freedom of Information Award, 2007 Nevada Press Association
  • Second Place, Best News Feature, 2006 Nevada Press Association
  • Part of reporting team which won First Place, Breaking News Coverage, 2005 National Society of Professional Journalists
Academic Interests:
  • American and British church history
  • civil religion
  • investigative journalism
  • religion coverage in the secular media
  • religion in the public sphere
  • the social gospel
Selected Works:
  • Chosen Nations: Pursuit of the Kingdom of God and its Influence on Democratic Values in Late-Nineteenth Century Britain and the United States. Minneapolis: Augsburg Press, 2013.
  • "Harry Potter as a Metaphor for Struggling with God" in World Wide Influence of Harry Potter, edited by Diana Patterson. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009.
  • Aug. 7, 2014, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Montreal, Canada, Presented peer-reviewed poster "Promulgating the Kingdom: Social Gospel Muckrackers Josiah Strong and Hugh Prices Hughes."
  • Nov. 25, 2013, American Academy of Religion, Baltimore, Maryland, Presented paper "Pragmatism and Nationalism in the Work of Josiah Strong" for a joint session of the Liberal Theologies group and Pragmatism and Empiricism in American Religious Thought on the the theme "New Approaches to Social Gospel Theology."
  • March 10, 2012, American Academy of Religion Western Regional Conference, Arizona State University, Tempe. Presenting paper Chosenness and Civic Patriotism in Late Nineteenth Century England and the United States.
  • March 13, 2009, Ecclesiastical History Conference Postgraduate Colloquium. Presented paper Protestantism and National Identity in the Works of Congregationalists R.W. Dale and Josiah Strong at the University of Manchester.
  • November 11, 2009, McMenemy Seminar , Trinity Hall, Cambridge. Presentation How Would Jesus Vote? Understanding the Religious Right and the Religious Left in America
  • July 25-28, 2008, Accio 2008, Magdalen College, Oxford. Presented paper Harry Potter as a Metaphor for Struggling with God. Accio is a peer-reviewed academic conference on all things Harry Potter.
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