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Dr. Melissa Conroy

Dr. Melissa ConroyDr. Melissa Conroy, professor of religion, says, “I grew up with a Christian father and a Buddhist mother. I've been fascinated by religion for as long as I can remember.”

She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies and Classics from the University of Toronto. She also completed her Masters in Religion at the University of Toronto. She completed her doctoral work at Syracuse University.

As an undergrad, Dr. Conroy says, “I chose my courses based on what books I wanted to read. It's important to follow your interests and play to your strengths, but to also be open to seeing what else there is out there. I think we offer a good environment at Muskingum for that chance to explore your interests and broaden them as well. You can learn to think in any major, and that's the most important skill we offer.”

Dr. Conroy is currently working on a book on bodies, religion, and the theories of psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan. The book comes out of the course "Religion and Gender," which Conroy has been teaching for many years.