Dr. Karen E. Zoppa

Religion and Culture

Karen E.  Zoppa Title: Contract Instructor
Office: 2W05
Building: Wesley Hall
Phone: 204-786-9143


Karen Zoppa is drawn to Religion and Culture because it marries her two passions:  philosophy and literature.  After receiving her B.A. in Religious Studies at the University of Winnipeg, she graduated with the first cohort of the newly created University of Winnipeg/University of Manitoba Joint Masters Program in Religion in 1986, writing her dissertation on mythopoeism and imagination in J.R.R. Tolkien's trilogy.  She next pursued her B.Ed in English and History, and has had a rich teaching career at the University of Winnipeg Collegiate.  
She earned her Ph.D. from the Department of Religion at the University of Manitoba. Her research focuses on critical theory of religion; mysticism; and the figure of religion in the discourses of Simone de Beauvoir, Michel de Certeau and Jacques Derrida.


  • Exploring Religion: The World's Religions (REL-1002)

Research Interests:

Critical Theory of Religion; Mysticism; Simone de Beauvoir and Existentialism; Post-modern Philosophy.