Ted Trost

Theodore Louis Trost


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Professor Theodore Louis Trost was graduated from Harvard University in 1998 with a Ph.D. in the study of religion. His dissertation focused on the career of Douglas Horton, an American Protestant leader in the ecumenical movement during the 20th century. Previous degrees were earned at the University of Michigan (BGS), the San Francisco Theological Seminary (MDiv), and the Graduate Theological Union (MA). He also worked for nine years as a flight attendant and purser with the now-defunct Pan American World Airways.

For over a decade, Dr. Trost held a joint appointment within the College of Arts & Sciences to both the Department of Religious Studies and to the New College. In the Fall semester 2009, he began a four-year term as Chair of the Department of Religious Studies, temporarily suspending his cross-appointment to New College and stepping down in 2013. Dr. Trost was promoted to the rank of Professor in August 2010.

Trost teaches courses in American religious history, religion and popular culture, bible, religious rhetoric in literature and film, and song writing. He is also a songwriter and a member of the group called Thaddaeus Quince and the New Originals.

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Courses Taught

REL 112 Introduction to the New Testament
REL 124 Religion and Film in America
REL 240 Apocalypse in Contemporary Film
REL 311 English Bible as Literature
REL 420 The Gospel of Mark
REL 490 Senior Capstone Seminar

Service Beyond The University of Alabama

In addition to his responsibilities to the University of Alabama, Dr. Trost serves on the Board of Directors of the Evangelical and Reformed Historical Society and the Editorial Board of the New Mercersburg Review. With Professor Philip Stoltzfus, he chairs the Music and Religion Consultation of the American Academy of Religion.

Selected Publications

The African Diaspora and the Study of Religion, Theodore Louis Trost, ed. (New York: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2007).

Teaching African American Religions, Carolyn M. Jones and Theodore Louis Trost, eds. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2005).

Douglas Horton and the Ecumenical Impulse in American Religion, Harvard Theological Studies Series, 50 (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2002).

“The Passion and the Compassion of the Christ” in Scott Paeth, ed., Who Do You Say That I Am? Christology and Identity in the United Church of Christ (Cleveland, OH: United Church Press, 2006), 145-166; 217-220.

“‘Never Have I Witnessed Such Hospitality’: Malcolm X’s Pilgrimage to Mecca,” FootSteps Magazine of African American Heritage 8/2 (March-April 2006): 17-19.

“Watching for Religion and Race at the Movies” in Carolyn M. Jones and Theodore Louis Trost, eds., Teaching African American Religions (New York: Oxford University Press, 2005), 219-240.

“Story, Product, Franchise: Images of Postmodern Cinema,” co-authored with Bruce Isaacs in Matthew Kapell and William G. Doty, eds., Jacking into the Matrix Franchise: Cultural Reception and Interpretation (New York: Continuum, 2004), 65-79.

“‘Hooray for Our Side!’: Songs, Identity Construction, and Sound Doctrine,” Religious Studies Review 29/3 (July 2003): 215-223.

“Confessional Identity: An Early Exchange,” in M. Douglas Meeks, ed., In Essentials Unity: Essays on the Nature and Purpose of the Church (Minneapolis: Kirk House, 2001), 108-112.