Faculty Profile for Dr. Joseph Laycock

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Dr. Joseph Laycock
Associate Professor — Philosophy
CMAL 207-C
phone: (512) 245-3145

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Joseph Laycock is an assistant professor of religious studies at Texas State University. He has written several books on new religious movements and American religious history. He is also a co-editor for the journal Nova Religio.

Teaching Interests

theory and method in religious studies; new religious movements; American religious history

Research Interests

moral panic; religion and role-playing games; Marian apparitions; spirit possession

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • LAYCOCK, J. P. (2022). New Religious Movements: The Basics. United States: Routledge.
  • Laycock, J. P. (2018). Vampirism: Modern Vampires and Embattled Identity Claims. In The Supernatural in Society, Culture, and History (pp. 177–189). Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press.
  • Laycock, J. P. (2015). Dangerous Games: What the Moral Panic over Role-Playing Games Says about Play, Religion, and Imagined Worlds. University of California Press.
  • Laycock, J. P. (2014). The Seer of Bayside: Veronica Lueken, a Marian Apparition, and the Struggle to Define Catholic Tradition. Oxford University Press.
  • Laycock, J. P. (2022). “New Religious Movements and the First Amendment". In Bloomsbury History: Theory and Method Articles. Bloomsbury. https://doi.org/http://dx.doi.org/10.5040/9781350930896.011

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Alpha Chi National College Honor Society, Favorite Professor, Spring 2016., Alpha Chi National College Honor Society, Alfred H. Nolle Chapter. May 1, 2016
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Golden Apple Award for Scholarly/Creative Activity, Texas State University. 2015
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Presidential Distinction Award for Excellence in Scholarly/Creative Activities (Philosophy), Texas State University College of Liberal Arts. 2015
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Tenth Annual Thomas Robbins Award for Excellence in the Study of New Religious Movements. 2012
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Angela J. and James J. Rallis Memorial Award/Alice M. Brennan Humanities Award for research in the Humanities, Boston University Humanities Foundation. 2011

Selected Service Activities

Religious Studies Program Coordinator
January 20, 2021-Present
Curriculum Committee
August 20, 2020-Present
Research Committee
September 1, 2017-Present
AAR Guide Star for Undergraduate Religious Literacy
Nova Religio
September 1, 2016-Present