Thomas M. Beaudoin
Assistant Professor

Dr. Beaudoin was born in Kansas City, Missouri. He attended the University of Missouri, Kansas City as an undergrad, where he earned two B.A.s in History and Secondary Education (1992). The following year, he was a William Robertson Coe Fellow in American Studies at State University of New York, Stony Brook. He completed his M.T.S. or Master of Theological Studies at Harvard Divinity School (1996) and his Ph.D. in Religion and Education from Boston College in 2001.

Dr. Beaudoin joined the Santa Clara University faculty in 2004 and teaches courses on the Christian tradition and Practical Theology.

  Courses Research Activities CV  


Courses taught at Santa Clara University
  TESP 4 The Christian Tradition
  TESP 67 Practical Theology
Academic Appointments
  • Assistant Professor, Religious Studies Department, Santa Clara University


  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Institute of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry, Theology Department, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA


  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theology Department, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA



Research Interests
  • Postmodern Practical Theology
  • Theology of Everyday Life

Consuming Faith: Integrating Who We Are With What We Buy.  Chicago: Sheed and Ward, 2004.
Virtual Faith: The Irreverent Spiritual Quest of Generation X.  San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1998.
"Toward Being a Theologian of Postmodern Culture." Budhi: A Journal of Ideas and Culture 8:2/3 (2004). [in press]
"The Brand Economy as a Spiritual Discipline." Lutheran Education 140 (2004).
"Foucault-Teaching-Theology." Religious Education 98:1 (2003).
Chapters in Books
"From Singular to Plural Domains of Theological Knowledge: Toward a Foucaultian New Question." In Michel Foucault and Theology: Essays on the Politics of Religious Experience (ed. James Bernauer and Jeremy Carrette; Ashgate Press, 2004).
"Virtual Catechesis: Religious Formation of the Post Vatican II Generations." In Horizons and Hopes for Religious Education (ed. Thomas Groome and Harold Horell; Mahwah, NJ: Paulist, 2003).
Book Reviews
"Brad Gooch, Godtalk: Travels in Spiritual America (Knopf, 2002)." Spiritus: A Journal of Christian Spirituality (2004).
"Vincent J. Miller, Consuming Religion: Christian Faith and Practice in a Consumer Culture (New York: Continuum, 2003)." Theological Studies (2004).
"Sara Mills, Michel Foucault (Routledge Critical Thinkers; New York: Routledge, 2003)." Literature and Theology 18:4 (2004).
"Gavin Hyman, The Predicament of Postmodern Theology: Radical Orthodoxy or Nihilist Textualism? (Louisville: Westminster John Knox)." Princeton Seminary Bulletin 24:3 (2003).
"Conrad Cherry, Betty A. DeBerg and Amanda Porterfield, Religion on Campus: What Religion Really Means to Today's Undergraduates" (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2001)." Spiritus: A Journal of Christian Spirituality (2002).
"Robert A. Ludwig, Reconstructing Catholicism for a New Generation (New York: Crossroad/Herder & Herder, 1995)." Critical Review of Books in Religion 9 (1996) 389-91.
"R. Laurence Moore, Selling God: American Religion in the Marketplace of Culture (New York: Oxford University Press, 1995)." Critical Review of Books in Religion 8 (1995) 447-50.
The Cost of Economic Discipleship: U.S. Christians and Global Capitalism, The Bannan Lecture. Santa Clara University, 2002.
The Princeton Lectures on Youth, Church and Culture: "Celebrity Death Match: The Church vs. Capitalism" and "After Purity: Contesting Theocapitalism." Princeton Theological Seminary, 2001.
Encyclopedia Articles
"Generation X." In Encyclopedia of Religion and American Cultures (ed. Gary Laderman and Luis León; Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2003).
"Virtual Faith." In Encyclopedia of Postmodernism (ed. Victor E. Taylor and Charles E. Winquist; New York: Routledge, 2001).
Selected Presentations
"The Cost of Economic Discipleship: Docetism and the Body of Christ Today." Paper presented at the College Theology Society Annual Conference, Jamaica, NY, May 2002.
"Musicality and Theological Knowing: A Response to Boomershine." Paper presented at the Catholic Theological Society of America Annual Meeting, Milwaukee, WI, June 2001.
"(Multiple) Intelligence Test: Is There a Primary Theological Knowledge?" Paper presented at the Colloquium, "Michel Foucault: Religious Explorations," Loyola University, Chicago, IL, April 2000.
"Plot Unreadability: A Foucaultian Theopomogogy." Paper presented at the Association of Professors and Researchers in Religious Education Annual Conference, Orlando, FL, November 1998.
"Generation X and the Cyberspatialization of Religion." Paper presented at the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion Annual Conference, San Diego, CA, November 1997.
"Looking for a Savior: A Theological Interpretation of Jesus in Music Video." Paper presented at the AAR/SBL Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA, November 1997.
"In Search of the Christic Mind: Generation X, Religion, and Cyberspace." Paper presented at the Northeast Popular Culture Association Regional Conference, Quinnipiac College, Hamden, CT, October 1996.
Awards & Grants
Doctor of Laws honoris causa, St. John's University, Collegeville, MN, 2004.
William Robertson Coe Fellow in American Studies, State University of New York, Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY, June-July 1993.


Professional Memberships
  • American Academy of Religion
    Founder and Chair, Foucault Consultation
  • Catholic Theological Society of America
  • College Theology Society


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Thomas M. Beaudoin

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