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John Corrigan

Lucius Moody Bristol Distinguished Professor of Religion

Professor of History

Distinguished Research Professor

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


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, and 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.

He is editor-in-chief of The Oxford Research 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. He has authored, co-authored, and edited more than a dozen books, including Business of the Heart: Religion and Emotion in the Nineteenth Century (University of California Press, 2002), Emptiness: Feeling Christian in America (University of Chicago Press, 2015), and The Business Turn in American Religious History, edited with Amanda Porterfield and Darren Grem (Oxford University Press, 2017). 

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 Courses

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).

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).

RLG6498        SEM Religious Thought: Religion & Emotions in US