Edward J Ingebretsen


Professor Emeritus


(On leave)


Department of English
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Ed Ingebretsen is an Associate Professor in the Department of English and Director of the American Studies Program.His current teaching and research interests include American cultural studies (Gothic and popular culture and gay and lesbian studies) and theology and human rights issues.

Ingebretsen earned his Ph.D. from Duke University and M.A. and B.A. degrees from Loyola University.

Selected Publications he has written are: At Stake: Monsters and the Rhetoric of Fear in Public Culture. Chicago: U of Chicago, 2001; Maps of Heaven, Maps of Hell: Religious Terror as Memory from the Puritans To Stephen King. NY: M.E. Sharpe, 1996; Robert Frost's Star in a Stone Boat: A Grammar of Belief. SF: International Scholar’s P, 1995.Psalms of the Still Country. San Jose: Resource Publ. 1982;To Keep from Singing. San Jose: Resource Publ. 1985. Selected essays: "Wigglesworth, Mather, Starr: Sex, Witches and General Wickedness in Public." inPuritan Origins of Sex (Routledge: 2000); "Rethinking Plato, When the Cave is a Closet."Queer Pedagogies, NCET Publishers, 1999;"’One of the Guys’" or ‘One of the Girls’": Gender and the Problem of Authority in the Roman Catholic Clergy."Religion and Sexuality. (April 1999); "Gone Shopping: The Commodification of Same Sex Desire."Journal of Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Identity, Vol. 4, no. 2,
(April 1999)

He is currently working on the book "Sanctuary as Torture: Ecclesiology and the Diminishment of Human Rights."


  • Ph.D. () Duke University,
  • M.A. () Loyola University,
  • B.A. () Loyola University,