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Dr. Jefferson Calico

Missions & Ministries
Associate Professor
Bennett, RM 113


PhD, World Religions, Southern Seminary, 2013
MDiv, Christian Studies, Southern Seminary, 2005
BA, Philosophy and Political Science, Transylvania University, 1993


Dr. Jefferson Calico joined the UC faculty in 2015. Some of his favorite courses to teach include Exploring World Religions, Understanding Cultures, and Developing Our Spiritual Lives. In addition to the friendliness and camaraderie of UC, he enjoys working with creative and curious students and shaping engaging learning environments where transformation happens. “The opportunity to attend college is such a privilege. It is a distinctive time in life when we can learn and grow into the people we are meant to be.” He encourages students to stretch themselves intellectually, spiritually, and personally.  Dr. Calico is excited every day to share in and contribute to this learning community.

Dr. Calico is a life-long learner who brings a wealth of experience into the classroom. In addition to his Kentucky roots, he lived for two years in a native Inupiaq community in Alaska. He spent over fifteen years working in ministry settings. He is active in researching religion and especially is intrigued by new religions. He recently published Being Viking: Heathenism in Contemporary America with Equinox Press, which explores the culture, beliefs, and practices of a Norse reconstructionist religious movement.

One of his favorite parts about working at UC is the opportunity to live in the natural beauty of southeastern Kentucky. Dr. Calico loves being out among the mountains, water, trees, and animals of the region’s thriving ecology. He enjoys new experiences and adventures, whether hiking along the Cumberland River, traveling and exploring in Greece, playing music on the back porch or SCUBA diving around the world. Dr. Calico lives in Corbin with his wife, who works as a counseling professional in the local school district, and four vibrant children who love art, music, and sports.


Calico, J. F. (2018). Being Viking: Heathenism in contemporary America.  Sheffield: Equinox. ISBN: 9781781792230.

Calico, J. F. (2019, March 15). Performing American Völkisch. Paper presented at Paganism & Its Discontents conference, University of South Carolina. 

Calico, J. F. (2017) [Review of the book Norse revival: Transformations of Germanic Paganism, by Stefanie von Schnurbein]. The Pomegranate: The International Journal of Pagan Studies, 19(2), 265–67.

Calico, J. F. (2017) Partnership for Undergraduate Research, Appalachian College Association & University of North Carolina Asheville. Grant awarded for faculty-student research project.

Calico, J. F. (2016) [Review of Asatru: A Native European Spirituality, by Stephen A. McNallen]. The Pomegranate: The International Journal of Pagan Studies, 18(1), 116-119. doi: 10.1558/pome.v18i1.30932.