Douglas Challenger

Douglas Challenger

Professor of Sociology


EDUCATION

  • Ph.D., Sociology, Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs

COURSES TAUGHT

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Introduction to Documentary Studies
  • Introduction to Sociological Theory
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Religion & Society
  • Family
  • Gender, Race, and Crime
  • Camino Study Abroad Seminar & Pilgrimage
  • Social Welfare Policy
  • Documentary Studies Senior Seminar

RESEARCH INTERESTS AND AREAS

  • Documentary Filmmaking
  • Social Theory and Religion
  • Pilgrimage Studies
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Civic Engagement and Democracy
  • Democratic Civic Education
  • Religion and Politics

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • American Sociological Association
  • International Consortium of Pilgrimage Studies
  • Association for Americans on the Camino

  • 2016 Community, Culture and Conservation: Sustaining Landscapes and Livelihoods, Colby College, Waterville, ME
  • 2016 Annual Symposium for Pilgrimage Studies, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA
  • 2012 Annual Symposium for Pilgrimage Studies, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA

  • 2014-2016 New Hampshire Humanities for documentary film production of "From Hurricane to Climate Change" with the Monadnock Institute
  • 2013 Putnam Foundation for documentary film production of "From Hurricane to Climate Change" with the Monadnock Institute
  • 2010, 2016, 2017 Franklin Pierce University Faculty Development Grants for various documentary film productions

  • Founder & Faculty Leader of the FPU Camino Study Abroad Program
  • Coordinator of the FPU Documentary Studies Certificate Program
  • Executive Committee of the Monadnock Institute for Nature, Place & Culture at FPU
  • Faculty Affairs Committee
  • Founding Director of the New England Center for Civic Life at FPU

HONORS AND AWARDS

  • 2016 & 2013: New Hampshire Public Television Independent Producer
  • 2013: Best Documentary, Local Look Peterborough
  • Doctoral Honors in Sociological Theory, Syracuse University
  • Fulbright Scholar

PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

2021 “Why Civic Education Is Key to Protecting Democracy,” New England Journal of Higher Education, Feb. 10.

2020 Filmmaker Panel: Local Documentary Filmmaking, Monadnock International Film Festival, (Virtual) Nov. 14.

2019 “Walking Together: The Camino as a Post-secular Sanctuary,” in Peace Journeys: A New Direction in Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage Research, Ian McIntosh & Nour Farra Haddad (eds.), Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Scholars Press.

2019 Presentation, “Ritual and the Sacred on the Camino de Santiago,” Annual Symposium for Pilgrimage Studies, Nov. 8-9, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA

NPR Commentary (2019) “Is the World Becoming More Disenchanted?” The Academic Minute.

2016 "From Hurricane to Climate Change," Documentary Film, Theatrical and Film Festival Screenings and New Hampshire Public Television

2016 “Walking the Camino in the Age of Wi-Fi,” Guest Contributor to On Being on-line blog, May 14

2016 Presentation “Is Nothing Sacred: Pilgrimage in the Age of Wi-Fi,” Annual Symposium for Pilgrimage Studies, Sept. 30 – Oct. 2, College of William & Mary and the International Consortium on Pilgrimage Studies, Williamsburg, VA

2014 “Secularization and the Camino de Santiago,” in A Sociology of Pilgrimage: Embodiment, Identity, Transformation, Lesley Harman (ed.), Ontario, CA

2013 "An Education that Matters: the First Fifty Years of Franklin Pierce University," New Hampshire Public Television

2012 “Being Abroad Matters: Pierce on the Camino,” Radius Magazine, Rindge, NH: Franklin Pierce University

2009 “A Walk of One’s Own: On The Road to Santiago de Compostela,” Radius Magazine, Rindge, NH: Franklin Pierce University

2008 “The New England Center for Civic Life: A Decade of Making in Difference” in Agent of Democracy, David Brown (Ed.) Dayton, Ohio: Kettering Foundation Press

2007 "God and the Commons: Does Religion Matter?" New England Center for Civic Life

2006 Challenger, D. & Thomas, N. L. “Examining Our Role: Religion and the Academy” in Religious Studies News, March, Vol. 21, Number 2, page 14

2005 Challenger, D. & Thomas, N. L. “Religion and Public Life: Engaging the Academy” in American Association of Higher Education News, March. http://www.aahe.org

2004 “The Work of Public-Making: An Interview” in The Higher Education Exchange, Dayton, Ohio: Kettering Foundation Press

2002 Challenger, D., & Doherty, J., “Living in the Lap of an Immense Intelligence: Lessons on Public Scholarship from the Field” in The Higher Education Exchange, Dayton, Ohio: Kettering Foundation Press

2001 Challenger, D., “A More Perfect Union: Aristotle on Deliberation, Diversity, and Citizenship” in Liberal Democracy, Citizenship and Education, Oto Luthar, Keith A. McLeod and Mitja Zagar, (Eds.), Ontario, Canada: Mosaic Press

2000 “The College As Citizen: One College Evolves Through the Work of Public Deliberation” in The Higher Education Exchange, Dayton, Ohio: Kettering Foundation Press