Professor of English & Film Studies  
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With a Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara, Crystal Downing has published on a wide variety of literary topics, from Shakespeare to the Brontes, and has won both national and international awards for her essays on film. Much of her recent scholarship focuses on the relationship between postmodernism and faith, an issue which informs her book Writing Performances: The Stages of Dorothy L. Sayers (Palgrave Macmillan 2004) and How Postmodernism Serves (my) Faith (InterVarsity 2006). Downing is Professor of English and Film Studies at Messiah College in Grantham, PA, where she has been honored with the Smith Award for Excellence in Teaching.

She has several goals which she may never achieve: 1) to see every Frank Lloyd Wright house in America; 2) to run every country road, cross every covered bridge, and hike up every waterfall in Pennsylvania.




Messiah College
One College Avenue
Box 3017
Grantham, PA 17027

Phone: (717) 766-2511, ext. 7026
Fax: (717) 796-4790
Office: Boyer 203 



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Crystal receives The Barbara Reynolds Award for her book Writing Performances: The Stages of Dorothy L. Sayers

 Crystal with Barbara Reynolds and Christopher Dean         Cambridge, England, June 2009