Associate Vice Provost for Cross Disciplinary Studies
Courses: Fall 2013
Eng 304: Modern Literature and Religion
Specialization: Literature and Religion, Bible as
Literature, 19th- and 20th-
century American literature (esp. women writers).
Education: M.A. (1977); Ph.D. (1979), University of Southern
California, Religion and Ethics
Publications and Research Interests:
Dr. Morey came to JMU in 1999 as Associate Dean for Interdisciplinary Programs in the College of Arts and Letters. She also served as Director of the Writing Program for two years and program head of the IDLS major for three years. In her current appointment in Cross Disciplinary Studies, she is responsible for curriculum development across JMU colleges, and her office facilitates and supports cross disciplinary Regional and Area Studies minors.
She is the author of Apples and Ashes: Culture, Metaphor and Morality in the American Dream (Chico, CA: Scholars Press, 1982); Religion and Sexuality in American Literature (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992); and What Happened to Christopher: An American Familty's Story of Shaken Baby Syndrome (Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press, 1998). Her book Romancing the Dog: American Vernacular Photography, 1860-1950 is under contract with Pennsylvania State University Press. She is also the author of numerous articles, book chapters, book reviews, and manuscript reviews
in the area of literature and religion.
In Fall 2006 she team-taught a new course with JMU criminologist Peggy Plass called “Literature and Crime.” She is currently researching the ways in which people document their relationships with their dogs in America at the turn of the twentieth century. Her regularly taught courses include “Women’s Fiction,” “The Bible as Literature,” "American Literature Survey,” and “Literature and Religion.”