Martha Smith Roberts

Martha Smith Roberts is Assistant Professor of Religion at Denison University. Her primary research is a critical analysis of post-racial and post-ethnic theories of American religious pluralism. Roberts is also working on a co-authored manuscript with Jenna Gray-Hildenbrand, which analyzes the various spiritualities emerging within the hula hooping subculture. She sits on the Executive Committee for the North American Association for the Study of Religion, and she also serves on the Board of Directors for the Institute for Diversity and Civic Life in Austin, Texas.

Research Interests:

American religious diversity and pluralism, new religious movements, race and ethnicity studies, and social justice.

Profile at Denison University


Hula Hoop Spiritualities: Social Media, Embodied Experience, and Communities of Practice