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Stephanie Brehm

Stephanie Brehm

  • Director of Graduate Education, Office of the Vice Provost of Graduate and Professional Education, Johns Hopkins University
  • Instructor, Higher Education Administration and Policy

Research Interests

American religion and mass media, ethnography and narrative, higher education administration and institutional organization.


Stephanie Brehm has been at Northwestern since 2011 in a variety of capacities and roles. A PhD alumna of the Religious Studies Department, she has been a teaching associate and co-instructor in the Higher Education Administration and Policy program since 2015.

Her academic work uses ethnographic and media studies methods to explore the intersection of entertainment, mass media, and religion in twentieth- and twenty-first-century American society. As a doctoral student, she was co-chair of the Graduate Leadership and Advocacy Council. During her master’s and her doctoral studies, she was president of the Graduate Student Associations at Northwestern University and Miami University of Ohio.

She is currently the Assistant Director for Academic Development in The Graduate School where she developed and implemented the strategic plan, reviews curriculum, manages interdisciplinary graduate assistantships, and leads the assessment initiative. She also organizes, plans, and coordinates the Dissertation Proposal Development Program, which teaches humanities and social science PhD students how to craft research questions and write dissertation proposals.


  • PhD, Religious Studies, Northwestern University, 2017
  • MA, Comparative Religion, Miami University, 2011
  • BA, Religion and Communication Studies, Florida State University, 2009

Selected Publications

Brehm, Stephanie N. (September, 2019). America's Most Famous Catholic (According to Himself): Stephen Colbert and American Religion in the Twenty-First Century. Fordham University Press.

Brehm, Stephanie and Rees, Myev (2017). "Mirror, Mirror, On Our Selves: Disney as a Site of Religio-Cultural Dialogue," in Bruce David Forbes and Jeffrey H. Mahan, Religion and Popular Culture in America, 4th edition, University of California Press.