Professor Newswander’s research interests include religion and politics, American political thought, and the effects of multidisciplinary approaches to teaching and learning.
Dr. Newswander's recent book, LDS in the USA: Mormonism and the Making of the American Culture (Baylor University Press, 2012), co-authored with Lee Trepanier, highlights the shared influence of politics and culture on the foundations of an American faith. Her dissertation, “Biopolitics and Belief: Governance in the Church of Christ, Scientist, and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints”, similarly focused on the relationship between political culture and home-grown religious groups. Dr. Newswander has also published in Administration and Society, Higher Education, Journal of the Professoriate, Review of Higher Education, International Journal of Organization Theory and Behavior, and Anamnesis, among others. She lives in Vermillion, South Dakota, with her husband, Chad, and three young children.
She has taught courses in contemporary political theory, politics and culture, feminist thought, and ethics.