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Professors Publish Research of Relevance


Ever wonder what Hamline professors do during summer vacation? Professor of Religion Deanna Thompson and Professor of Political Science David Schultz have kept busy working to publish their nonfiction books.

This August, both Thompson and Schultz published their newest books. Thompson, who is a stage four cancer survivor, published her book titled Glimpsing Resurrection: Cancer, Trauma, and Ministry, and Schultz published his book, The Conservative Revolution of Antonin Scalia.

These books contribute to the depth and breadth of knowledge that these professors have added to their respective fields. Their books exemplify their commitment to meaningful scholarship and the extensive personal involvement they have in the topics they teach to Hamline students.

Glimpsing Resurrection focuses on the intersection of cancer, trauma, and ministry-- a topic close to home for Thompson and many others. According to the National Cancer Institute, “In 2018, an estimated 1,735,350 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the United States and 609,640 people will die from the disease.” With this staggering statistic, Thompson understands that there are many other people going through a confusing journey similar to hers, and her book sheds light on the life-changing effects that trauma caused by cancer has on many people’s lives, thought processes, and faith. In her teaching, Thompson focuses in Christianity, so Glimpsing Resurrection, as quoted by author J. Todd Billings, “connects the enigmas of cancer stories with a spacious telling of the Christian story, showing how the category of trauma can bear theological fruit.”

Other books on this topic by Thompson include, Hoping for More: Having Cancer, Talking Faith, and Accepting Grace, and The Virtual Body of Christ.

Schultz has been investigating a different topic that also directly affects people living in the United States: the role of Justice Antonin Scalia. The Conservative Revolution of Antonin Scalia is an extensively researched book on Scalia and his legacy, which was edited by Schultz and Howard Schweber from University of Wisconsin, Madison. It features chapters by leading political science and law scholars on a variety of topics, including Scalia’s addition to the Supreme Court, his role as a political actor, and the different ways to think about law and judging.

Schultz previously released Money in American Politics this June.

Thompson is celebrating the publication of Glimpsing Resurrection with a book release party on August 22 in Anderson Center, all are encouraged to attend. Please RSVP here on Eventbrite.