Humanistic Studies (Major)

Eglute Trinkauskaite

Eglute Trinkauskaite is a full time faculty in Humanistic Studies department at Maryland Institute College of Art.

She holds her PhD, MPhil, and MA in Religion from Syracuse University and her BA in Religion from Hunter College, City University of New York. Throughout her training, teaching and research, her approach to religion has been broad and interdisciplinary. Her teaching and research interests focus on indigenous and ethnic traditions, the natural environment, and globalization. In her work, she looks for new ways of applying different methods and theories to accommodate the uniqueness of native traditions; for example, she utilizes historical, feminist, and anthropological methods. Her latest writing explores complex layers of culture and religion in post-Soviet Lithuania, combining intersection of ecology, materiality of religion, and immigrant psychoanalysis. Her current book project, The Swarming Dead, focuses on the continued vitality of indigenous religion and its imprint on modern Lithuania and its diaspora. Eglute has taught at Syracuse University, Hamilton College, and Nazareth College of Rochester, New York. Eglute is a part of Indigenous Values Initiative, a group that consists of scholars, writers, and activists working on promoting the indigenous values that are inherent in traditional cultures. Eglute often travels to Lithuania to present at Indigenous Culture Academic Seminars. She is an active member of American Academy of Religion and Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies.