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Skidmore College
Religious Studies Department

MaryMary Zeiss Stange

Professor Emeritus

Office:   Ladd 213
Phone:  (518) 580-5408
Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D.  1982, Religion,Syracuse University
M.A.    1974, Religion,Syracuse University
B.A.     magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1972, English Literature, Syracuse University

Teaching and Research Interests: 

My primary field of preparation is the history of Christianity, particularly post-Enlightenment. My teaching interests are intrinsically cross-disciplinary. In religion they include religion and culture studies, contemporary American religion, theology, religion and ecology, and feminist studies in religion. In addition to teaching in the religion curriculum, I also teach courses on feminist theories and methodologies, ecofeminism, and global and transnational feminism. In my pedagogy, as in my research and writing, I therefore move freely among women’s and gender studies, environmental studies and international affairs.

Published Works


General Editor, with Carol K. Oyster, The Encyclopedia of Women in Today’s World (Thousand Oaks, CA : SAGE Publications:, forthcoming in print 2011, multimedia online 2012-2013)

Hard Grass: Life on the Crazy Woman Ranch (Albuquerque, NM:University of New Mexico Press, in press, forthcoming Spring 2010)

Editor, Heart Shots: Women Write about Hunting (Mechanicsburg,PA: Stackpole Books, 2003).

Gun Women: Firearms and Feminism in Contemporary America,with Carol K. Oyster (New York: New York University Press, 2000).

Woman the Hunter (Boston: Beacon Press, 1997/1998).

Book Series:

General Editor, Sisters of the Hunt reprints of classic women’s hunting literature, from Stackpole Books:

  • “Afterword,” Trails of Enchantment by Paul [Paulina] Brandreth, with an Introduction by Robert Wegner (2003).
  • “Foreword,” Two Dianas in Alaska by Agnes Herbert and A Shikari, originally published by John Lane, New York andLondon, 1909 (2004).
  • “Foreword,” Four Years in Paradise by Osa Johnson, originally published by Lippincott, New York, 1941 (2004).
  • “Foreword,” Nimrod’s Wife, by Grace Gallatin Seton, originally published by Doubleday, Page and Company, New York, 1907 (2004).
  • “Foreword,” The Cruise of the Northern Light by Mrs. John (Courtney) Borden, originally published by Macmillan, New York, 1928 ( 2004).
  • “Foreword,” On the Gorilla Trail by Mary Hastings Bradley, originally published by Appleton and Company, New York, 1922 (2005).
  • “Foreword,” Adventures in a Man’s World by Courtney Borden, originally published by Macmillan, New York, 1933 (2005).

Articles and Reviews (Since 2000):

“Your Wicked Good Militia,” review essay on Carolyn Chute’s The School on Heart’s Content Road, The Women’s Review of Books(May/June, 2009), 15-17.

 “The Truths of Dirty Fingernails,” review essay on Jennifer Bové’s A Mile in Her Boots and Laura Browder’s Her Best Shot: Women and Guns in AmericaThe Women’s Review of Books (March/April, 2007).

“From Domestic Terrorism to Armed Revolution: Women’s Right to Self-defense as an Essential Human Right,” The Journal of Law, Economics and Policy II.2, Fall 2006.

“Women and Hunting in the West,” Montana: The Magazine of Western History Vol. 55, No. 3 (Helena, MT: Montana Historical Society, Fall 2005), 14-21.

“No More Raping: When Some Women Are Armed, Are All of Us Safer?” The Women’s Review of Books, special issue on “Women, War, and Peace” (February 2004), 12-13.

“‘The White Man’s Wounded Knee,’ Or Whose Holy War Is This, Anyway? A Cautionary History,” in Democracy and Religion: Free Exercise and Diverse Visions, Ed. David O’Dell Scott (Kent, OH:Kent State University Press, 2004).  Named an Outstanding Academic Title, 2005 by Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries (January, 2006). 

“Homeland Security and the Lessons of Waco,” The Chronicle of Higher Education (April 11, 2003), B10.  Reprinted in Annual Editions: Homeland Security, Ed. Thomas J. Badey( Guilford, CT: McGraw-Hill/Dushkin, 2003), 153-156.

“The Political Intolerance of Academic Feminism,” The Chronicle of Higher Education (June 21, 2002), B16. 

Little Joy on the Prairie,” review article on Judy Blunt’s Breaking Clean and Margaret Bell’s When Montana and I Were YoungThe Women’s Review of Books (April 2002), 12-13. 

Entry on “Branch Davidians,” Encyclopedia of Protestantism, Ed. Hans Hillerbrand (New York: Routledge, 2004). 

Entry on “Hunting Spirituality,” Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature, Ed. Jeffrey Kaplan and Bron Taylor (London: The Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd., forthcoming 2005). 

Entries on “Annie Oakley,” “Cowboy Action Shooting,” “Izaak Walton League” and “United States Conference of Catholic Bishops,” in Guns in American Society: An Encyclopedia, Ed. Gregg L. Carter (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2002). 

Chapter in People Promoting and People Opposing Animal Rights: In Their Own Words, Ed. John M. Kistler (Westport, CT: GreenwoodPress, People Making a Difference Series, 2002), 258-264.

“Hunting and the American Ideal of Self-reliance,” and “Women and Hunting,” Transactions of the Sixty-sixth North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference on Changing Climates of North America: Political, Social and Ecological (Washington DC: Wildlife Management Institute, 2001), 171-174, 212-215. 

Entry on “Hunting” for the International Encyclopedia of Women and Sports, Ed. Karen Christensen et. al. (New York: Macmillan Reference USA, 2001).

“Mothers of Invention,” a review of The Myth of Matriarchal Prehistory by Cynthia Eller, The Women’s Review of Books(November 2000) 6-7.

Entries on “Christianity,” “Mormons,” and “Hunting” for theRoutledge International Encyclopedia of Women, Ed. Cheris Kramarae and Dale Spender (New York: Routledge, 2000).