Gregory Grieve

Professor & Head, Department of Religious Studies, and Executive Director, Department of Liberal and Professional Studies

Religious Studies

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Email Address:

Phone: 336.334.4912


Ph.D., Divinity, University of Chicago, (History of Religions), 2002
M.A., University of Chicago, History of Religions, 1994
M.A., University of Chicago, General Studies in the Humanities, 1993
B.A., San Francisco State University, Film, summa cum laude, 1987

Courses Taught

  • Religion, Media, and Popular Culture; Religion in Film
  • Popular Culture and the Question of Evil
  • Digital Religion; Religion and Video Games
  • Advanced Topics in Digital Religion, Virtual Ethnography
  • Introduction to Non-Western Religion
  • Introduction to Hinduism
  • Introduction to Buddhism
  • Human Rights in Asian Literature; Film and Religion
  • Religion in Traditional Societies
  • Religion, Art, and Visual Culture
  • Thinking about Religion
  • Ritual Studies
  • Myth and Theory


With a keen focus on the intersection of religion and videogaming, Prof. Grieve employs a multidisciplinary approach, blending social sciences and humanities methodologies to investigate the realm of digital religion. As the Director of UNCG’s Network for the Cultural Study of Videogaming and a founding member of the International Academy for the Study of Gaming and Religion, Prof. Grieve is at the forefront of advancing scholarly understanding in this emerging field. His research, informed by high-level empirical studies and theoretical reflections, unravels the nuanced dynamics between religion and videogames. Having authored or coauthored five books, along with numerous book chapters and journal articles, Prof. Grieve’s contributions are widely recognized and respected. His current research on Video Games and the Problem of Evil explores how videogames serve as potent vernacular theodicies, allowing players to navigate contemporary ethical dilemmas within immersive digital landscapes.