Darla Schumm

Darla Schumm

Darla Schumm is professor of religion at Hollins. She received her B.A. in interdisciplinary studies with concentrations in history, psychology, and women’s studies from Goshen College, her M.A. in social ethics from the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA, and her Ph.D. in religion, ethics, and society from Vanderbilt University. Schumm’s current research focuses on intersections between religious studies and disability studies. She is the coeditor of Disability and World Religions: An Introduction, a textbook on world religions and disability. She has several published articles in this area. She enjoys traveling, running, knitting, reading fiction, and playing with her son in her free time.

Areas of Expertise

  • Religion
  • Ethics
  • Society

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to World Religions I
  • Introduction to World Religions II
  • Introduction to Religion in a Global Context
  • God and the Ballot Box
  • War and Peace
  • Foundations of Social Justice
  • Buddhist Traditions
  • Christian Traditions
  • Jewish Traditions
  • Islamic Traditions
  • Religion, Disability, and Ethics
  • Women in Religion
  • Women in Buddhism
  • Sexual Ethics
  • Jesus and Mary Magdalene in Literature and Film
  • Theories and Methods of Religious Studies
  • Senior Seminar in Religious Studies

Education

  • Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
  • M.A., Vanderbilt University
  • M.A., Pacific School of Religion
  • B.A., Goshen College

Publications & Articles

  • Chronic Illness, Spirituality, and Health: Diverse Disciplinary, Religious, and Cultural Perspectives. Coedited with Rebecca Greene and Michael Stoltzfus. Palgrave Macmillan, 2013
  • Disability and Religious Diversity: Cross-Cultural Narratives and Inter-Religious Perspectives. Coedited with Michael J. Stoltzfus. Palgrave Macmillan, 2011
  • Disability in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: Sacred Texts, Historical Traditions, and Social Analysis. Coedited with Michael J. Stoltzfus. Palgrave Macmillan, 2011

Accomplishments

  • Schumm is the 2014 president of the Southeast Commission for the Study of Religion (SECSOR), the southeast regional branch of the American Academy of Religion.
  • She is a current member of the American Academy of Religion’s Committee of the Status of People with Disabilities in the Profession.
  • Schumm was the recipient of the 2013 Hollins University Herta Freitag Faculty Legacy Award.

Research Interests

  • Schumm’s current research focuses on the intersections between religious studies and disability studies. She is working on two forthcoming books in this area.