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Dr. Carol Coburn,
Professor of Religious Studies and Women's Studies
Member of Avila since 1989

Dr. Carol Coburn received her Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in 1988 where she worked as a Research Assistant and Teaching Assistant in the History Department and as teaching faculty in the Women’s Studies Department. Coming to Avila University in 1989, she has taught courses in education, history, psychology, religious studies and women’s studies. Currently, she teaches American Religious History, Women, Religion and Community in the U.S., Peace Studies, and the 3Rs: Race, Religion and Reform in American Education. She also directs the Study Abroad Program for Avila.

Dr. Coburn has published two books, Life at Four Corners: Religion, Gender and Education in a German Lutheran Community, 1868-1945 and Spirited Lives: How Nuns shaped Catholic Culture and American Life, 1836- 1920 (co-authored with Martha Smith). She has made numerous scholarly presentations at national and international conferences in history and religious studies. Besides publishing numerous articles in professional journals, she has served as a consultant on a variety of book and film projects concerning Catholic sisters in the United States and Ireland.


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