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 cultural criticism, creative writing, postmodern theory, and cultural anthropology at King’s. She is also critic at large at Christianity Today, writing on film, TV, media, and culture.
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, will be published in 2017 by The Critical Press. Her work on culture, religion, and politics regularly appears in a variety of publications, including Rolling Stone, Vulture, The Washington Post, RogerEbert.com, Pacific Standard, The Atlantic, Books and Culture, Christianity Today, Paste, Comment, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Bright Wall / Dark Room, The Marginalia Review of Books, and others. Her chapters on theology and the work of filmmakers Kryzstof Kieslowski, Kelly Reichardt, and Paul Thomas Anderson are published in several scholarly volumes, and she’s given presentations at conferences on religious film, Kieslowsi, David Foster Wallace, Francis Schaeffer, and changing perceptions of Biblical authority on the Internet. She regularly speaks on theology and film to a variety of audiences.
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.