Janna Shedd

Religious Studies
Macy 213
RELS Main Office # 704-687-5188

M.A., University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Liberal Studies Program

For my B.A. degree, I double-majored in International Studies and Psychology.  My M.A. degree is in Religious Studies with a focus on Chinese religion. My liberal studies courses focus on displaced religious groups (religious diasporas), especially Asian groups but also Jewish and African-American. Also, I've taught Introduction to Asian Religions for the past several semesters, focusing on visual imagery, mythologies, and cultural worldviews. In my free time, I visit with family, watch endless episodes of Big Bang Theory on DVD, read fiction and humor (often while watching Big Bang Theory), and socialize with far-flung friends on Facebook. 

Research Interests

I am interested in understanding South and East Asian religions as lived religions, particularly through the lens of historic and current globalization. My studies focus on the processes of cultural movements, acclimation, and adaptation and the intersections between popular and orthodox understandings of religion. Related interests include the psychological processes of learning and how best to incorporate techniques like narratives and realia into the globalized microcosm of a college classroom.


Introduction to Asian Religions

Mahayana Buddhism


Renouncing the World

Death and the Afterlife

Liberal Studies: Globalizing Asian Religions

Liberal Studies: Diaspora Relgions


Curriculum Vitae



Dr. Sherman Is Heading to Heidelberg

   January 17, 2023

Dr. William E.B. Sherman has been awarded a fellowship to the ...

Read More

Guarded by Two Jaguars: A Blog Post by the Author

   January 17, 2023

Dr. Hoenes del Pinal published some thoughts on his monograph, Guarded by Two Jaguars: A Catholic Parish Divided by Language and Faith (University of Arizona Press, 2022). Read here

Read More

What is E2M?

   January 16, 2023

Dr. Julia Robinson Moore is very busy working on the various facets of her new project, E2M: Equity in Memory and Memorial. 

Read More

Dr. Thiede and The Shiloh Project

   January 9, 2023

The Bible and Violence is a whole lot more than a two-part book; it’s a wide-ranging scholarly endeavor that includes creating intellectual community through workshopping, mentoring, training, and research events. Scholars involved are reading each other's works, meeting and talking through their interests and concerns, and learning directly from one another in a host of different...

Read More

Learn About Material Culture

   January 3, 2023

Dr. Kaloyanides and Dr. Kati Curts's special issue explores four key categories: “Material,” “Economies,” “Religion,” and “America(s).” The ambition of this issue is that the collective inquiries of its 21 authors, which span various interpretive histories and genealogical fragments, can offer...

Read More

Reviews of Dr. Thiede's Monograph

   July 15, 2022

Congratulations to Dr. Barbara Thiede on her recent publication of Male Friendship, Homosociality, and Women in the Hebrew Bible: Malignant Fraternities. Routledge, 2021.

Brief summary:

"Male alliances, partnerships, and friendships are fundamental to the Hebrew Bible. This book offers a detailed and explicit exploration of the ways in which shared...

Read More