Experts on "Pop Culture & Christianity"

Jonathan A. Anderson

  • Associate Professor of Art
  • Executive Director, Center for Christianity, Culture, and the Arts

Jonathan Anderson is an artist, art critic, and associate professor of art at Biola University, where he has been teaching since 2006. His artworks explore the capacities and limitations of representational painting and have been featured in group and solo exhibitions throughout the United States. In addition to his studio practice, Anderson maintains a research and writing practice focused on modern and contemporary art criticism, with a particular interest in exploring its relations to religion and theology. Professor Anderson has given scholarly presentations at the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University (Society for Christian Scholarship in Music) and the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels (Association of Scholars of Christianity in the History of Art), and he has received research fellowships from the Center for Christian Thought and the Nagel Institute. He has contributed to various books and journals, and most recently is the coauthor (with theologian William Dyrness) of the book Modern Art and the Life of a Culture: The Religious Impulses of Modernism (IVP Academic, 2016). For more information, visit jonathan-anderson.com.

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Dennis Eastman

  • Associate Professor
  • Director of Teacher Education
  • Associate Director of Biola Youth Academics

Dennis Eastman spent 15 years serving in multiple roles in the field of education (Social Studies teacher, coach, Athletic Director and Director of Faculty Induction) before becoming the principal of Nova Academy Early College High School, in Santa Ana, California. During his tenure as principal, U.S. News and World Report recognized Nova Academy with a Bronze Medal ranking as one of the most improved schools in California.

Eastman is currently serving Biola University as the Director of Teacher Education where he is able to combine his faith, expertise and enthusiasm for teaching and coaching into preparing the next generation of high quality educators.

Eastman's research agenda has focused on equipping teachers in student motivation program design, creating an environment of attempt for all learners and preparing teachers in international settings. Currently, Eastman is researching the impact of Explicit Direct Instruction (EDI) and Cooperative Learning (CL) on student achievement

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Kevin Alan Lewis

  • Associate Professor of Theology and Law

Lewis specializes in the topics of systematic and polemical theology, theology and law integration, jurisprudence and Christian apologetics. He is the Founder and Director of the Evangelical Legal Society, an organization dedicated to the task of restoring the theological foundations of law and justice in society and providing Christians with the resources necessary to do law, justice and public policy from a foundation of evangelical theology. Lewis is an active lecturer at churches, colleges and conferences and has appeared on several radio and television shows, addressing a variety of topics.

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Kurt Simonson

  • Associate Professor of Photography

Kurt Simonson is the Associate Professor of Photography in the Art department. His work explores the longings and tensions that surround our ideas of home, community and identity. Questions about family, story and belonging remain at the heart of his curiosity. Kurt's work is regularly exhibited throughout the country and internationally, including a recent solo exhibition at Newspace Center for Photography in Portland, Oregon, and group exhibits at the San Diego Museum of Art, the Center for Fine Art Photography (Fort Collins, Colorado), RayKo Photo Center (San Francisco, California) and the Foto8 Gallery in London, England. His work has been published in the London Sunday Times Magazine, Fraction Magazine, Lenscratch , AintBad and Dodho Magazine. In 2012 he received a Curator’s Choice award from CENTER Santa Fe and was shortlisted in Photolucida's Critical Mass, and in 2015 he was named one of LensCulture’s 50 Emerging Talents. He lives and works in Long Beach, where you can probably find him eating breakfast.

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Kyle Strobel

  • Assistant Professor, Institute of Spiritual Formation

Kyle Strobel teaches spiritual theology for Talbot’s Institute for Spiritual Formation and Spiritual Formation Focus programs. His areas of interest include systematic theology, Jonathan Edwards, spiritual formation and prayer. He writes both popular and academic books and articles, having published in the Harvard Theological Review, Journal of Spiritual Formation & Soul Care and Relevant Magazine.

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Camille Tucker

  • Instructor, Screenwriting

A graduate of UCLA with a degree in English literature/creative writing, Camille Tucker launched her filmmaking career with the short film Sweet Potato Ride, executive produced by Bill Duke (Predator, Deep Cover, Sister Act III). She has sold seven screenplays and a TV pilot to major studios including Sony, Universal, New Line, Fox TV and Disney Studios and has worked with producers such as Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, Marc Platt, Todd Garner, Debra Chase and John Singleton.

Camille has completed six short films. Her short film Cellular won Best Narrative Short at the 2013 Roxbury International Film Festival. She has also been a semi-finalist in the Motion Picture Academy's Nicholl Screenwriting Competition and a two-time Sundance Writer's Lab semi-finalist.

In the fall of 2014, Camille came on board our full-time faculty as professor of screenwriting at Biola. She teaches beginning, intermediate and advanced screenwriting, as well as classes that help students to hone their skills in writing character and dialogue and screenplay coverage.

In addition, Camille is pursuing an M.F.A. in screenwriting at Loyola Marymount University. Currently, she is excitedly planning to make her feature film directing debut with Sorority Sistaz, a satirical social comedy. She is a member of the Writers Guild of America. Her passion is writing and directing women in extraordinary roles.

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Thaddeus John Williams

  • Assistant Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies

Dr. Williams loves enlarging students' understanding and enjoyment of God while teaching Theology 1 and 2 courses at Biola University. He also teaches History of Atheism, Introduction to Philosophy, and Biblical Literature in the secular college context. He has taught theology internationally, including seminaries in Nepal and Francis Schaeffer's L'Abri ministries in Switzerland and Holland. Dr. Williams is a frequent guest speaker at churches and conferences, in addition to serving as a teaching pastor at a local church. His academic works include Love, Freedom, and Evil (Rodopi, 2011), used in seminaries around the world and currently being translated to German, and his recent popular publication, The Exchange (AIMBooks, 2012). His research interests include the Trinity, divine and human agency, dialogue with atheists and theology of culture.

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