Shelley RABINOVITCH

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Shelley RABINOVITCH
Part-time Professor, Department of Classics and Religious Studies

2001 - Ph.D., Religious Studies, Université d’Ottawa
1992 - M.A., Religion, Carleton University
1977 - B.A. Hons. English/Humanities, York University

DMS 10101

Office: 613-562-5800 ext. 1167

Work E-mail: tsivia@uOttawa.ca

Shelley Rabinovitch

Biography

Shelley Rabinovitch was born in Montreal and spent some of her youth in Tucson, Arizona. She moved to Ottawa in 1977 and spent about 12 years in Radio broadcast news before returning to do graduate work. She teaches religious studies, women’s studies, and anthropology at both the University of Ottawa and other academic institutions in Ontario. 

Recipient of the University of Ottawa Part-Time Professor of the Year Award 2006, Rabinovitch was recognized in Maclean’s’ annual report on Canadian universities in 2005 and 2006 as one of the most popular professors at the University of Ottawa. She was a finalist for the 2003 Capital Educators’ Award. In 2002, she was voted Best Professor on Campus by the University’s student newspaper, The Fulcrum.

Ongoing research

  • Traditional religions and shamanisms
  • Religious tourism
  • Wicca and Neo-Paganism
  • Religion and Popular Culture

Courses taught

  • SRS1110 Magic, Witchcraft and Occult Phenomenon
  • FEM1100 Intro to Women’s Studies

Selected publications

2004 - with Meredith Macdonald. 'An Ye Harm None': Magical Morality and Modern Ethics. Citadel Press, 250 pages.

2004 - with James Lewis. Encyclopaedia of Modern Witchcraft and Neo-Paganism. New York, Citadel Press, 336 pages (softback edition – reprinted Jan. 2007).

2004 - Chapter 23, with Dr. S.L. Reid on Neo-Paganism for the Oxford Handbook of New Religious Movements, James R. Lewis (ed.), Oxford University Press. (Volume voted a CHOICE Award winner for 2004).

1996 - Chapter 4, "Spells of Transformation: Categorizing Modern Neo-Pagan Witches", in Magical Religion and Modern Witchcraft, (James R. Lewis, ed.), State University of New York Press, pgs. 75 - 92.

1981 - Cookbook, The Compleat Dagger Licking Good, (redacted historical recipes) published by Raymond's Quiet Press, Albuquerque, NM. (reprinted 1990), approx. 250 pages.

Awards and achievements

2006 – Part-Time Professor of the Year , Université d’Ottawa

2005, 2006 – Recognized in Maclean’s’ annual report on Canadian universities as one of the most popular professors at the University of Ottawa.

2003 – Finalist, Capital Educators' Awards

2002 – Voted Best Professor on Campus by the University’s student newspaper, The Fulcrum.

Fields of Interest

  • Cults/new religions
  • Folk-practices in religion
  • Women in religion
  • Aboriginal Religions
  • Shamanisms
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