Tenure at King's: Aug. 2009 to Present
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M.F.A. Creative Writing
Seattle Pacific University , 2013
M.A. Humanities & Social Thought
New York University , 2010
B.S. Information Technology
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute , 2005
Alissa Wilkinson teaches criticism, postmodern theory, and cultural anthropology at King’s, as well as supervising senior projects. Since 2016, she is a staff writer at Vox.com, focusing on film. Before joining Vox, she was the chief film critic at Christianity Today and wrote on pop culture and art for a decade at Rolling Stone, Vulture, RogerEbert.com, Books & Culture, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Pacific Standard, Paste, and many other outlets.
Alissa is co-author, with Dr. Robert Joustra, of How to Survive the Apocalypse: Zombies, Cylons, Faith and Politics at the End of the World (Eerdmans, May 2016). Her second book, Orphaned Believers: Reframing Religion in the Age of Faith-Based Film, is forthcoming from The Critical Press. Her chapters on theology and the work of filmmakers Kryzstof Kieslowski, Kelly Reichardt, and Paul Thomas Anderson are published in scholarly volumes. Wilkinson frequently speaks to a variety of audiences both Christian and mainstream and comments on pop culture and religion on radio shows and podcasts.
Professor Wilkinson was a Wall Street business analyst, a technical writer, and a staff member at International Arts Movement (where she founded The Curator) before coming to King’s. She launched Fieldnotes at the Max De Pree Center for Leadership at Fuller Theological Seminary, which she edited through March 2013, and was associate editor and then co-editor of Comment, published by the Ontario-based think tank Cardus. Her research interests are in theology of contemporary literature, art, and popular culture; art and culture criticism; and U.S. intellectual history, especially as it intersects with evangelicalism and art.
Professor Wilkinson is faculty advisor to the House of ten Boom. She and her husband, Tom, live in Brooklyn.