My dissertation explored the religious lives of ethnic and religious minorities in the 19th-Century Rocky Mountain West, with a focus on how different acts of labor, of living on and with the land, resulted in unique religious questions and innovations.
Through the lens of lived religion and human geography, my research continues to look at the ways in which diverse communities grappled with what it means to be religious, western, and American. Before coming to Randolph, I taught undergraduate courses at Duke and Elon Universities—my favorite was Harry Potter and Religion.
Professor Rodriguez has published articles on baseball, basketball, boxing, and the performance of masculinity in sports films.
He is currently working on a book-length project examining the role of neo-conservative foreign policy in action-adventure films released during George W. Bush’s presidency.
In the summers he tirelessly, but fruitlessly, tries to break 80 on the golf course, quitting the game on a regular basis. The winter brings snowboarding and the to-date successful attempt not to break anything. Sports have always been central to his work and leisure. They instruct and inform his personal and professional search for a comprehensive understanding of the male gender.