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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, 1982) 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, Arizona State University, Oxford, University of London, 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; 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); Religious Intolerance in America: A Documentary History, with Lynn Neal (University of North Carolina Press, 2010); Religion in American History, coedited with Amanda Porterfield (Blackwell, 2010); The Spatial Humanities: GIS and the Future of Humanities Scholarship (Indiana University Press, 2010) and Deep Maps and Spatial Narratives (Indiana University Press, 2015), both coedited with David Bodenhamer and Trevor Harris; and Emptiness: Feeling Christian in America (University of Chicago Press, 2015). He is co-editor, with Amanda Porterfield, of the journal Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture (Cambridge University Press), Editor-in-Chief of the Oxford Encyclopedia of American Religion, Senior Editor for American Religion for the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of 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, 2016); Religious Violence and American Foreign Policy (University of Chicago Press); The Business Turn in American Religious History ed., with Amanda Porterfield and Darren Grem (Oxford University Press); How Do We Study Religion and Emotion? (ed.); and Outside the Foxhole: Religion and World War Two, ed. with G. Kurt Piehler. His research has been supported by fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Humanities Center, and the Fulbright Program, and grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, American Philosophical Society, American Academy of Religion, and universities and libraries. 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; Religion and American Spaces. In 2016 he will direct the Jesse Ball duPont Summer Seminar for Faculty at the National Humanities Center. 

Recent Course


REL2121               Religion in the U.S.  
This course focuses on religions in America with attention to economic change, politics, immigration, gender, regionalism, reform, feeling, intolerance, and racial and ethnic diversity. We will examine the religious ideas, rituals, and forms of association of religious groups ranging from those that first took shape in America (e.g. Native American religions, Mormons, Christian Scientists, Jehovah's Witnesses, Seventh-Day Adventists, Nation of Islam) to Roman Catholic and mainline Protestant denominations, various Jewish congregations, Asian religions in America, and religious aspects of popular culture (e. g. New Age religions, urban ethnic religions).  Fulfills Liberal Studies - History & the Diversity in Western Culture (Y) requirements.

RLG5937                Religion, Space, and America

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.