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About Martha J. Reineke

Dr. Martha Reineke  (Ph.D. Vanderbilt University)is Professor of Religion in the Department of Philosophy and World Religions. She offers courses on religion and violence as well as the psychoanalytic study of religion.  Professor Reineke’s scholarship focuses on the work of two noted contemporary thinkers:  René Girard and Julia Kristeva.  Her first book, which looks at the problem of violence directed against women, is titled Sacrificed Lives: Kristeva on Women and Violence (Indiana University Press, 1997).  Her most recent book is called Intimate Domain:  Desire, Trauma, and MimeticTheory (Michigan State University Press, 2014).  In this book she draws on Kristeva, trauma studies, and Girard’s early work on sensory experience to explore three works of literature that illuminate key patterns in paternal, maternal, and sibling relationships.  Reineke also is the editor, with David M. Goodman, of Ana María Rizzuto and the Psychoanalysis of Religion: The Road to the Living God, forthcoming from Lexington Books. 


Present Professor, Philosophy and World Religions, University of Northern Iowa Department of Philosophy and World Relgions


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Honors and Awards

  • 2013, Class of 1943 Teaching Excellence Award, University of Northern Iowa
  • 2012, Teaching Excellence Award, American Academy of Religion
  • 2010, UNI Diversity Matters Award
  • 2009, Liberal Arts Core Outstanding Teaching Award, University of Northern Iowa


  • Religion and Society
  • Why We Believe
  • Existentialism
  • Religions of the World

Contact Information

University of Northern Iowa
Bartlett Hall 2101
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0501
(319) 273-6233

Office: BAR 2101
Phone: (319) 273-6233


Articles (12)

Books (1)