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John Corrigan

Lucius Moody Bristol Distinguished Professor
Chair, Religion Department


Departmental Area: American Religious History
Research Areas: American Religious History; Method and Theory in the Study of Religion; Religious Conflict; Emotion in Religious Practice; Mapping Religion

Address: Department of Religion
641 University Way / P.O. Box 3061520
The Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL 32306-1520
Office: 206C Dodd Hall
Phone: (850) 644-8094
Fax: (850) 644-7225
Email: john.corrigan@fsu.edu
Office Hours: TBA


John Corrigan (Ph.D. University of Chicago, 1982) teaches American religious history, religion and emotion, and theory and method in the academic study of religion. He also works in the emerging area of the spatial humanities. He has served as regular or visiting faculty at the University of Virginia, Harvard, Arizona State University, Oxford, University of London, University of Halle-Wittenberg, University College (Dublin) and as a visiting scholar at the American Academy in Rome. He also has taught in the FSU program in Florence. His books include The Hidden Balance (Cambridge University Press, 1987); The Prism of Piety (Oxford University Press, 1991); Religion in America (coauthor, Prentice Hall, 1992, 1998; 2003; 2009); Jews, Christians, Muslims (coauthor, Prentice Hall, 1998); Readings in Judaism, Christianity and Islam (coeditor, Prentice Hall, 1998); Emotion and Religion (coauthor, Greenwood, 2000); Business of the Heart: Religion and Emotion in the Nineteenth Century (University of California Press, 2002); Religion and Emotion: Approaches and Interpretations, ed., (Oxford, 2004), French and Spanish Missions in North America, with Tracy Leavelle (California Digital Library/University of California-Berkeley 2005), The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Emotion, ed., (Oxford, 2008), Religious Intolerance in America: A Documentary History, with Lynn Neal (University of North Carolina Press, 2010), Religion in American History, co-edited with Amanda Porterfield (Blackwell, 2010), and The Spatial Humanities, co-editor (Indiana University Press, 2010). He is co-editor, with Amanda Porterfield, of the journal Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture and serves on editorial boards of several other journals. He is the editor of the Chicago History of American Religion book series published by the University of Chicago Press and co-editor of The Spatial Humanities book series at Indiana University Press. He recently has written about the rhetoric of religious intolerance in colonial America, space and place in the study of religion, religious experience and meaninglessness, and the production of knowledge in the humanities and social sciences. Recent courses he has taught include Religion and Emotion; Religion and Region in America; Religion in the American 19th Century; Religious Intolerance in America; Religion in the Colonial Americas; Historiography of American Religion; Writing for Publication. 

Recent Course

Fall 2014

RLG5937                 ARH Colloquium   

RLG6498                 Religious Thought       

Spring 2014

REL3128-2     Topics in Religions in the Americas
Begins with the roots of intolerant religious rhetoric in early modern England and tracks that rhetoric to America where it has provided biblically-grounded arguments to perpetrators of acts of intolerance since the early colonial period. We will examine a wide range of cases of intolerance, from genocidal campaigns against Native Americans, armed Catholic-Protestant conflicts in urban settings, the Mormon Wars, antisemitism, anti-Muslim acts, Waco, and numerous other incidences. We will consider how and why that history has been screened from American memory (why have we forgotten it?) and how contemporary American domestic and foreign policy has suffered from that forgetting.

RLG6498-1    Seminar: Religious Thought: Intolerance in America
Study of primary and secondary sources about religious intolerance in America, including its European roots; violent manifestations in colonial and nineteenth-century America; American forgetting of the history of domestic intolerance and violence; and the ways in which that forgetting has affected recent domestic and foreign policy.

Fall 2013

RLG5937                     ARH Colloquium

RLG6498-02                       Religion in the Americas