B.A., Brigham Young (1974)
J.D., Utah (1980)
M.A., Catholic (1995)
Ph.D., Chicago (2000)
Associate Professor of American Religious History
Professor Flake researches the strategies by which religious communities maintain a sense of fidelity to an originating vision, while changing over time. Consequently, her particular research interests are in the constructive uses of narrative and ritual by modern religious communities. She teaches courses in American religious history and in the interaction of American religion and law. Prior to her appointment at Vanderbilt Divinity School, Professor Flake was a litigation attorney in Washington, D.C., having received her J.D. from the University of Utah and her B.A. in English from Brigham Young University.