Kristy Slominski

Kristy is an Assistant Professor of Religion, Science, and Health in the Religious Studies and Classics Department at the University of Arizona where she leads its program in Religious Studies for Health Professionals and is co-director of the Institute for the Study of Religion and Culture. In 2021-2022, she was awarded the inaugural Dorrance Dean’s Award for Research and Entrepreneurialism for her project to develop “Health Humanities Training in Religion and Culture” for medical and nursing students in the U.S..

Kristy’s research and teaching specializes in the interactions of religions, science, and health in U.S. history as well as the intersections of U.S. religions and sexuality, with a focus on sexual health education. Her book, Teaching Moral Sex: A History of Religion and Sex Education in the United States, was named one of Oxford University Presses “Most Read in Religion” for 2021. It argues that liberal religions—primarily Protestant—laid historical foundations for both the conservative and liberal sides of contemporary controversies between abstinence-only and comprehensive sexuality education. She has published essays based on her book in Aeon and The Immanent Frame and has been featured on podcasts The Revealer and Straight White American Jesus.

Slominski previously served on the Board of Directors for the American Academy of Religion (AAR). She is currently a co-chair of the AAR’s Religions, Medicines, and Healing unit, and a member on the Academic Labor and Contingent Faculty Committee. Slominski received her MA and PhD in Religious Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara and her BA in Religious Studies from Michigan State University.