Martha J. Reineke

Dr. Martha J. Reineke (Ph.D. Vanderbilt University) is a Professor in the Department of Philosophy and World Religions at the University of Northern Iowa.  She previously served as Director of the Graduate Program in Women’s and Gender Studies at UNI.   Her areas of teaching and research expertise include theories of sex and gender, psychoanalytic theory, religion and society, and Existentialism. She is the author of Sacrificed Lives:  Kristeva on Women and Violence (Indiana University Press) and  Intimate Domain: Desire, Trauma, and Mimetic Theor  (Michigan State University Press).  She has published extensively on the work of René Girard and considers Girard’s mimetic theory to be a vital resource for understanding and responding to violence in today’s world. She currently serves as the President of the Colloquium on Violence and Religion.