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Lee Krahenbuhl: School of Design Faculty

Lee Krahenbuhl , Ph.D.

Chair, Communication; Director, Graduate Program, Communication Studies
Communication | School of Design
Lee Krahenbuhl
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Online by appointment
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Ph.D., Speech: Theatre; University of Oregon

M.A., Ethics/Theology and the Arts; Pacific School of Religion

B.A., German Language; Linfield College

B.A., Communications; Linfield College

Professional Experience

Stevenson University, 2018-Present

Mercy College of Ohio, 2007-2018

Professional experience prior to 2007: see


Communication at the Confluence of Theatre History and American Religious Movements 

Intergenerational Communication and the Transmission of Family Narrative 

The Hermeneutics of Storytelling and Performing Arts

Communication and Culture

Entertainment History

History of American Communication, Theatre, and Religious Movements of the 19th Century

Spirituality on Page, Stage, and Screen


Krähenbühl, Lee. “Actors Wandering through the Desert to Brigham: The Strange, True Tale of Carter’s Dramatic Combination and their ‘Spirit Guides,’ 1871.” The John Whitmer Historical Association Journal, vol. 41 #2, Fall/Winter 2021, 67-100. Click here for full text; view a synoptic video presentation here.

Forthcoming: "Joseph's Actor": Rediscovering the Life of the Eminent Tragedian Thomas A. Lyne (1806-1890), Accidental Father of Elocution & Theatre among the Latter-day Saints

Selected articles:
"Thomas A. Lyne, the Latter-day Saints, and American Theatre: Confluences and Influences, 1844-1904," The John Whitmer Historical Association Journal, Spring/Summer 2020, vol. 40 #1

"A Theatre Before the World" Performance History at the Intersection of Hebrew, Greek, and Roman Religions Processional." The Journal of Religion and Theatre, vol. 5 #1, Summer 2006

"'God in Three Personae, Blessed Trinity': Theatre Education to Subvert the Puritan Antitheatrical Prejudice." The Journal of Religion and Theatre, vol. 4 #1, Summer 2005


At Stevenson University:

FYS 100-CMON First Year Seminar, Communication

CM 101 Public Speaking

CM 120 Human Communication

CM 205 Communication Ethics

CM 206 Listening and Communication

CM 211 Intercultural Communication

CM 236 Research and Writing

CM 445 Leadership and Communication

CM 505 Communication Theory and Applications

CM 610 Human Communication

CM 615 Nonverbal Communication

CM 720 Communication Studies Capstone


Dr. Lee Krähenbühl (he/him/his), Professor of Communication, is Chair of the Department of Communication and Director of the Graduate Program in Communication Studies. He is President of the Maryland Communication Association, and has taught Communication, Entertainment History, Theatre, and World Religions at the college and university levels for over thirty years. Dr. Krähenbühl is also a singer/songwriter, actor, director, designer of both traditional and online curricula, and scholar of the interaction of the performing arts and religious movements in the Western hemisphere from the precolonial era to the present, with special emphasis on North America in the nineteenth century. He is a 14th-generation teacher: a paternal sixth great grandfather, Benjamin Sneed (1721-1819), was schoolmaster to Thomas Jefferson’s family near Monticello; a ninth, Thomas Thacher (1620-1678), was professor and mentor to the American theologian and eventual Harvard president Cotton Mather. An eleventh great grandfather, John Lothrop (1584-1653), was a London contemporary of William Shakespeare; he pastored an independent congregation just blocks from the Globe Theatre in Southwark. Imprisoned there for his nonconformist religious teaching, he was afterward exiled to America, where he became one of the architects of the doctrine of separation of church and state. Dr. K. considers it a privilege to teach at Stevenson University, with its motto: Pro Discendo, Pro Vivendo—“For Learning, For Living.”

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