Faculty and Staff

Eric Mazur

Eric Mazur

Gloria and David Furman Professor of Judaic Studies and Center for the Study of Religious Freedom Fellow


B.A., M.A., University of Virginia
Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara

Office Location: Blocker 25
Phone: 757-757-455-3250
Email: emazur@vwu.edu
Department/s: Religious Studies

Eric teaches courses on Judaism, religion in American culture, and the academic study of religion. His specific interests include religion and American law, religion & popular culture, Judaism in the American South. Before returning to graduate school, he served as a public interest lobbyist in Washington, D.C.

Co-editor (with John C. Lyden), Routledge Companion to Religion & Popular Culture (2015);

Editor, Encyclopedia of Religion & Film (2011);

Co-author (with Phillip Hammond and David Machacek), Religion on Trial: How Supreme Court Trends Threaten Freedom of Conscience in America (2004);

Editor, Art & the Religious Impulse (2002);

Co-editor (with Kate McCarthy), God in the Details: American Religion in Popular Culture (2001; 2nd edition 2010);

Author, The Americanization of Religious Minorites: Confronting the Constitutional Order (1999);

plus articles and chapters on religion and: Bing Crosby, comics, Disney, race, Raising Arizona, The Simpsons, the United States Supreme Court

Religion in American culture
American Judaism

Center Transformation

New leadership announced for Center for the Study of Religious Freedom

We are Virginia Wesleyan

VWC alumnus and Port of Virginia CEO Joseph Ruddy '83 addresses the Class of 2014 on May 17 at the College's 45th Commencement Ceremony

This represents a sample of recent courses taught by this professor. For the most current course information, consult WebAdvisor "Search for Courses".


Judaism through Food;Religion & Popular Culture;HNRS: Rel & Popular Culture


Intro to Religious Studies;Religion & American Politics;HNRS: Rel & American Politics


Lobbying & Religious Advocacy;HNRS: Lobbying & Rel Advocacy