Craig Martin received his Ph.D. from Syracuse University in 2007 and is currently Professor of Religious Studies at St. Thomas Aquinas College, where he has been teaching since 2008. His research focuses on theoretical questions in the study of religion, typically related to modes of analysis arising from critical theory and poststructuralism—including race, class, and gender; social power, hegemony, and domination; and discourse analysis and ideology critique. His books include Masking Hegemony: A Genealogy of Liberalism, Religion, and the Private Sphere, A Critical Introduction to the Study of Religion, and Capitalizing Religion: Ideology and the Opiate of the Bourgeoisie. He’s currently working on Stereotyping Religion: Critiquing Cliches, Volume II (with Brad Stoddard again), which will have a set of ten all new cliches not covered in the first volume.
Articles and Book Chapters
“Definition and the Politics of Semantic Drift: A Reply to Susan Henking.” In Religion is …: Debating the Academic Study of Religion, ed. by Russell T. McCutcheon and Aaron Hughes. Oxford University Press (forthcoming).
“Religion is …, Not Like Science: A Response to Laurie Zoloth. In Religion is …: Debating the Academic Study of Religion, ed. by Russell T. McCutcheon and Aaron Hughes. Oxford University Press (forthcoming).
“Do People Misunderstand Their Own Religion?” In Fabricating Authenticity, ed. by Andie Alexander and Jason Ellsworth. Equinox Publishing (forthcoming).
“‘[T]he thing itself always steals away’: Scholars and the Constitution of Their Objects of Study.” In Constructing “Data” in Religious Studies: Architecture of the Academy, ed. by Leslie Dorrough Smith, 151-174. Equinox Publishing (2019).
“Why do people fight so much over their religious beliefs?” In Religion in 5 Minutes: Scholars Answer Your Questions, ed. by Aaron Hughes and Russell T. McCutcheon, 112-114. Equinox Publishing (2017).
“Religion as Ideology: Recycled Culture vs. World Religions.” In After World Religions: Reconstructing Religious Studies, ed. by Christopher R. Cotter and David G. Robertson. Routledge Publishing (2016).
“On the Origin of the Private Sphere: A Discourse Analysis of Religion and Politics from Luther to Locke.” Temenos 45/2 (2009). (Refereed)
“On Using Religion, Or, How to Make Descriptions Carry Imperatives.” Council of Societies for the Study of Religion Bulletin, 36/4 (2007).
“Policing Values and the Private Judgment of the Magistrate.” Council of Societies for the Study of Religion Bulletin, 35/4 (2006).