Specializations: narrative methods, dialogue theory, rhetorical analysis, feminist thought, mental health, religious organizations
Rebekah Perkins Crawford graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in history, English, and secondary education from Brigham Young University. Rebekah’s research interests include using narrative methodology and rhetorical analysis to interrogate the ways people and organizations communicate about mental well-being. Past projects include artistic analyses of the ways different religious communities make sense of mental illness, as well as qualitative inquiries into the discourses secular mental healthcare institutions produce to care for their spiritually-minded constituents. Rebekah’s dissertation will focus on the dialogues spiritual leaders have with parishioners who come to them in search of emotional support for their mental health issues. Using a narrative methodology the work will build on and contribute to dialogic theory as well as delineate practical implications for pastoral care and training.
As the incoming Assistant Basic Course Director Rebekah will train and supervise new Graduate Teaching Assistants. Rebekah is interested in creative teaching tactics that “flip” the classroom and allow for more student involvement with course material. Rebekah has been instrumental in developing creative materials that allow students to engage with learning outside the classroom environment and will also help to continuously modify and refine the structure of the basic course.
When Rebekah isn’t researching, writing, or teaching she enjoys gardening, travel, the culinary arts, exercising, and great literature. She’d be happy to talk to you about movies, recipes, itineraries, or whatever interests you.