Theresa SmithTheresa Smith received her PhD in Religious and Theological Studies in 1990 from Boston University. Her areas of specialization include Myth and Ritual Studies, Native American Religions, and Traditional European/British Paganism and Neo-Paganism.

Her book, The Island of the Anishnaabeg: Thunderers and Water Monsters in the Ojibwe Life-World, was reissued in July 2012 by the University of Nebraska Press under its Bison Books imprints, for classic books in the field. She is author of more than a dozen articles and book chapters and is currently working on a book, Medicine and Magic: Conversations with an Ojibwa Medicine Woman and a Cornish Village Witch, as well as an article on the cross-cultural occurrence of fairy traditions.


Smith has directed the IUP Institute for Experiential Studies in the Humanities in Boscastle, Cornwall, and has taught numerous courses in Great Britain on pre-Christian religions and sacred landscape. In summer 2018 she led a study abroad trip to Manitoulin Island, Ontario, where students had the opportunity to learn from Anishnaabe teachers.


Smith serves as chair and advisor to SACRED, the Society for the Appraciation of Cultural and Religious Diversity. She regularly teaches World Religions, Native North American Religions, Women and Religion, Topics in Indigenous Religions, and Religion and Violence.

Theresa Smith's talk on "The Island of the Anishnaabeg"

Fall 2020
Course Title Days/Time Location
RLST 110-801 World Religions Online Online
HNRC 101-H04
Course Runs 10/13/20-12/10/20
Honors Core 1/H/ MF 11:15 a.m.-12:05 p.m. and
TR 11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
WHIT 144
HNRC 201-H04
Course Runs 8/25/20-10/09/20
Honors Core III/H/ TR 12:30-1:45 p.m. and
F 1:25-2:15 p.m.
WHIT 144

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