The Religious Studies Department educates students in religious and theological disciplines, including the study of religious texts, histories, beliefs, practices, and ethics. Rooted in Santa Clara’s mission and identity as a Jesuit Catholic University, the department seeks to engage Catholic faith in critical dialogue with the world’s religious traditions and conduct Christian theology in conversation with a full range of religious studies methodologies.

The department thus aims to educate students in the knowledge and skills they need (1) to think in a multidisciplinary and contextualized way about religion and matters of Christian faith, (2) to reason critically and ethically about personal beliefs and institutional religious practices, (3) to explore how religions are lived and practiced in local communities and global contexts, and (4) to cultivate a sense of solidarity with poor and marginalized communities informed by the study of theology and religion.

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Submissions from 2011

Psychology of Religion and Gender: Freud, Pfister, and the Body of the Mother, Diane Jonte-Pace and Isabelle Noth

Submissions from 2010

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Ignatian Values in the Core Curriculum, Phyllis Brown and Diane Jonte-Pace

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Santa Clara University's Faculty Student Research Assistant Program, Diane Jonte-Pace

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When Throne and Altar are in Danger: Freud, Mourning, and Religion in Modernity, Diane Jonte-Pace

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Reflections on Mourning Religion: A Response to the Respondents, William B. Parsons, Diane Jonte-Pace, and Susan E. Henking

Submissions from 2009

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Julia Kristeva and the Psychoanalytic Study of Religion: Re-reading “Mourning and Melancholia”, Diane Jonte-Pace

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Tributes to Peter Homans, Diane Jonte-Pace, Richard A. Rosengarten, and Jennifer Homans

Submissions from 2008

Melancholia and Religion in French Feminist Theory, Diane Jonte-Pace

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Walking Different Pathways: Coming to Know our Own Journey Better, Diane Jonte-Pace

Submissions from 2006

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Psychoanalysis, Colonialism, and Modernity, Diane Jonte-Pace

Submissions from 2005

Tracking the Emotion in the Stone: An Essay on Psychoanalysis and Architecture, Diane Jonte-Pace and Peter Homans

Submissions from 2003

Introduction: Teaching Freud and Religion, Diane Jonte-Pace

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Teaching Freud in the Language of Our Students: The Case of a Religiously Affiliated Undergraduate Institution, Diane Jonte-Pace

Submissions from 2002

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The Impact of Women's Studies on the Psychology of Religion: Feminist Critique, Gender Analysis, and the Inclusion of Women, Diane Jonte-Pace

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Psychology and Religion: The Purist's Map: A Response to Peter Connolly, Diane Jonte-Pace and William Parsons

Submissions from 2001

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Analysts, Critics, and Inclusivists: Feminist Voices in the Psychology of Religion, Diane Jonte-Pace

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Introduction - Misogyny and Religion under Analysis Masterplot and Counterthesis in Tension, Diane Jonte-Pace

Turning Away at the Navel of the Dream: Religion and the Body of the Mother at the Beginning and End of Interpretation,, Diane Jonte-Pace

Submissions from 1999

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In Defense of an Unfriendly Freud: Psychoanalysis, Feminism, and Theology, Diane Jonte-Pace

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Legitimation of Hatred or Inversion into Love:' Religion in Kristeva's Re-Reading of Freud, Diane Jonte-Pace

Psychology of Religion, Diane Jonte-Pace

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The Psychoanalyst and the Exorcist: Perspectives on Psychology and Religion, Diane Jonte-Pace

Submissions from 1998

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The Swami and the Rorschach: Spiritual Practice, Religious Experience, and Perception, Diane Jonte-Pace

Submissions from 1997

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Julia Kristeva and the Psychoanalytic Study of Religion: Rethinking Freud's Cultural Texts, Diane Jonte-Pace

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New Directions in Feminist Psychology of Religion: An Introduction, Diane Jonte-Pace

Submissions from 1996

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At Home in the Uncanny: Freudian Representations of Death, Mothers, and the Afterlife, Diane Jonte-Pace

Submissions from 1993

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Augustine on the Couch: Psychohistorical (Mis)Readings of the Confessions, Diane Jonte-Pace

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Psychoanalysis after Feminism, Diane Jonte-Pace

Submissions from 1992

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Foreword: Notes on a Friendship, Diane Jonte-Pace

Maternal Absence, Castration and the End of the World: A Freudian Reading of the Notion of Self as Endangered Species, Diane Jonte-Pace

Situating Kristeva Differently: Psychoanalytic Readings of Woman and Religion, Diane Jonte-Pace

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Which Feminism, Whose Freud?, Diane Jonte-Pace

Submissions from 1989

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Quest for the Religious Freud: Faith, Morality, and Gender in Psychoanalysis, Diane Jonte-Pace

Submissions from 1987

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Object Relations Theory, Mothering, and Religion: Toward a Feminist Psychology of Religion, Diane Jonte-Pace

Submissions from 1986

From Prophets to Perception: The Origins of Rorschach's Psychology, Diane Jonte-Pace

Submissions from 1985

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Religion: A Rorschachian Projection Theory, Diane Jonte-Pace

Submissions from 1979

Ego Functions in a Variety of Dream States, Diane Jonte-Pace