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John Corrigan

Lucius Moody Bristol Distinguished Professor of Religion
Professor of History

Departmental Area: American Religious History
Research Areas: American Religious History; religion and emotion, religious intolerance, and the spatial humanities.

Address: Department of Religion, Dodd Hall
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: jcorrigan@fsu.edu
Office Hours: TBA


John Corrigan (Ph.D. University of Chicago) teaches American religious history. His research focuses on religion and emotion, religious intolerance, and the spatial humanities. He has served as regular or visiting faculty at the University of Virginia, Harvard, Columbia, Oxford, University of London, Arizona State University, University of Halle-Wittenberg, University College (Dublin), as a visiting scholar at the American Academy in Rome, and as the Fulbright Distinguished Research Chair for the Netherlands. He also has taught in the FSU program in Florence. His books include The Hidden Balance (Cambridge University Press, 1987; paper, 2006); The Prism of Piety (Oxford University Press, 1991); Religion in America, coauthor (Macmillan/Prentice Hall/Routledge, 1992, 1998, 2003, 2010, 2015; 2017, Korean translation, 2008); Jews, Christians, Muslims (coauthor, Prentice Hall, 1998, 2010, and Routledge, 2015); 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 University Press, 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 University Press, 2008, paperback 2016); Religious Intolerance in America: A Documentary History, with Lynn Neal (University of North Carolina Press, 2010, [2018]); Religion in American History, coedited with Amanda Porterfield (Blackwell, 2010); The Spatial Humanities: GIS and the Future of Humanities Scholarship (Indiana University Press, 2010), Deep Maps and Spatial Narratives (Indiana University Press, 2015), and Making Deep Maps: Foundations, Approaches, and Methods (Indiana University Press, [2018]), all three coedited with David Bodenhamer and Trevor Harris; and Emptiness: Feeling Christian in America (University of Chicago Press, 2015, Chinese translation forthcoming). He is editor-in-chief of The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Religion, 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. His forthcoming books are Religious Spaces in the Atlantic World, ed., (University of South Carolina Press, 2017); The Business Turn in American Religious History, ed., with Amanda Porterfield and Darren Grem (Oxford University Press, 2017); Feeling Religion,ed., (Duke University Press, 2017), and Religious Violence and American Foreign Policy (University of Chicago Press). His research has been supported by fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Humanities Center, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Fulbright Program, and by grants from public and private endowments. Recent courses he has taught include Religion, Emotion, and America; Religion and Region in America; Religion in the American 19th Century; Religious Intolerance in America; Religion in the Colonial Americas; Historiography of American Religion; Religion and American Spaces. In 2017 he was named the University of Chicago Divinity School Alumnus of the Year.


Recent Course

Spring 2017

REL3128-2   Topics: Religious Intolerance in US
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. Meets Liberal Studies: History (LS-HIS).

RLG5937-1   Special Topics: ARH Colloquium

RLG6596-1    SEM Mvmnts Inst:  The Nineteenth Century
Study of a wide-ranging set of issues and themes in nineteenth century American religion including: gender, race, psychology, healing, science, law, Native American religion, religious intolerance, material culture, immigration, war, empire, and historiography. Critical engagement of recent scholarship about religion in the nineteenth century and discussion about how to write about the period and what sources can inform that writing.

Fall 2016

REL2121      Religion in the United States                                                               Dr. Corrigan, Dr. Drake and Staff
This course is designed to introduce students to the major themes, figures, and directions of religion in American history, with an eye toward ways that social and cultural contexts have shaped the religious experience of Americans in different places and times.  Since it is impossible to cover all religious traditions in one semester, this course will consist of both a general survey of religion in the U.S. and a series of case studies designed to provide a closer look into some of the religious groups and ideas that have shaped this country. Meets LS History requirements as well as Diversity in Western Experience (DIV-YWE).

RLG5937-2    Special Topics: ARH Colloquium 

RLG6498        SEM Religious Thought: Religion & Emotions in US