Dr. Naaman Wood

Associate Professor of Media and Communication Studies

Phone: 9056482139 Ext:4319

Email: nwood@redeemer.ca

Office: 127B

Department: Media and Communication Studies


Th.M. (2014), Scripture and the Arts, Duke University, Duke Divinity School
Dissertation: Expanding Spiritual Readings in Theology and Film: Reimagining the Violence in Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ

M.T.S. (2013), Theology and the Arts, Duke University, Duke Divinity School
Dissertation: Nature, Grace, and Nouvelle Theologie: A Theological Approach to Terrace Malick’s The Tree of Life

Ph.D. (2005), Rhetoric and Media, Regent University School of Communication
Dissertation: On the Borderlines of Jazz, Rhetoric, and Communication: Musical Dramatism in Dizzy Gillespie’s 1967 “Swing Low, Sweet Cadillac.”

M.A. (2002), Critical Studies in Film, Regent University: School of Communication. Thesis: Musical Ellipses: Theoretical and Critical Perspectives on Music and Film

B.A. (1999), English and Music, Evangel University, Missouri


  • Being and Knowing in the Digital Age (CTS-110)
  • Introduction to Media and Communications (MSC-121)
  • Theories of Communication (MCS-311)
  • Video Production I (MCS-101)
  • The Language of Film and Television (MCS-233)
  • Media and Communication Ethics (MCS-302)


Naaman Wood works and teaches at the intersection of communication and theology. After earning an M.A. in cinema studies and a Ph.D. in media and rhetoric from Regent University, Wood received an M.T.S. in Theology and the Arts and Th.M. in New Testament and the Arts from Duke Divinity School. His interdisciplinary scholarship has been published in the journals Symbolic InteractionJazz Perspectives, and the books Prophetic Critique and Popular Media: Theoretical Foundations and Practical Applications and More than “Precious Memories”: Critical Essays on the Rhetoric of Southern Gospel. His film reviews appear in Critique. His conference presentations have covered a wide variety of interdisciplinary topics, including theological critiques of sociological studies; reflections at the intersection of cinema, theology, and Scripture; worship and Scripture; and rhetorical approaches to jazz studies. Before coming to Redeemer University College, he taught undergraduate courses in communication at Tidewater Community College, theology and culture at Northwest University, and media and communication ethics at Spring Arbor University.

Selected Recent Publications

Scholarly Publications

Wood, Naaman. “Uncle Toms, Massas, and Symbolic Violence: Miles Davis’s Rhetoric of Exclusion in Miles: The Autobiography.” Jazz Perspectives. 7.1 (Winter 2014): 57-75.

Wood, Naaman. “A Prophetic Critique, but a Flawed One: Identification, Melodrama, and Cynicism in Michael Moore Documentaries.” In Prophetic Approaches to Popular Media: Critical Theory and Practical Application. Edited by Robert H. Woods Jr. and Kevin Healy. New York: Peter Lang, 2013. 54-72.

Wood, Naaman and Susan Ward. “Stigma, Secrets, and the Human Condition: Alleviating Alienation in PostSecret’s Digitally Mediated Environment.” Symbolic Interaction. 33.4 (Fall 2010): 578-602.

Popular Publications 

Wood, Naaman. “The Singular Vision of Wes Anderson.” Critique no.6 (2014): 8-12.

Wood, Naaman. “Denial, Desire, and the Proclamation of Scripture: Theological Reflections on 12 Years a Slave.” Critique no.2 (2015): 2-6.

Conference Presentations

Wood, Naaman. “Nature, Grace, and Nouvelle Theologie: A Theological Approach to Terrance Malick’s The Tree of Life.” National Communication Association 100th Annual Convention. November 20-23, 2014.

Wood, Naaman. “Knowing Rupture, Bearing Suffering, and Witnessing to the Resurrection: Thinking with Andrei Rublev’s Theology of Suffering.” Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture, Faith and Film. October 23-25, 2014.

Benedict, Bruce and Naaman Wood. “Singing Scripture in Worship for the Non-Liturgical Types.” Calvin Symposium on Worship. Calvin Institute of Worship Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI. January 30-Feburary 1, 2014.

Wood, Naaman. “Resurrection and the Puzzle Film: The Inner Logic of Luke 24 and The Usual Suspects.” The Image and Word Conference. Forum 4:15, Spring Arbor University, Spring Arbor, MI. September 26-7, 2013.

Invited Lecturers and Presentations

Wood, Naaman. “Encountering Film.” Intercession Week. KIPP Gaston College Preparatory. January 26-30, 2015

Wood, Naaman. “Climacus’ Encounter with God: Allusions to Shakespeare in Kierkegaard’s Philosophical Fragments.” COM 685 Seminar: Indirect Communication. Regent University. March 5, 2013.

Wood, Naaman. “Methodologies in Theology and Film.” CMIN 6203 Methods Seminar. Northwest University. Fall 2010-2012.


Stipend. Globalizing the Community College Experience, Title VI B Grant Project, 2008-2009.

Tidewater Community College Leadership Award. 2007-08.

Release Time. Virginia Festival of Jewish Film. 2007-2008.

Nominated for the 2005 Gerald R. Miller Outstanding Dissertation Award.

Passed Qualifying Exams with distinction. Regent University, 2004.

Doctoral Fellow. Department of Communication, Regent University. Fall 2001-2003.

Professional Memberships

National Communication Association. Member, 2002-14. Reviewer, 2005-12.

Religious Communication Association. Member, 2002-14. Reviewer, 2005-12. Reviewer for 2006 RCA Dissertation Award, 2008 and 2010 RCA Student Paper Award.

Popular Culture Association. Member, 2002-2007. 2011.

Popular Culture Association of the South, 2009-10.