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Amanda Porterfield

Robert A. Spivey Professor of Religion

Departmental Area: American Religious History
Research Areas : American Religion, Politics and Law, American Protestant Thought, and Native American Religious History

Address: Department of Religion
641 University Way / P.O. Box 3061520
The Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL 32306-1520
Office: 208 Dodd Hall
Email: aporterf@fsu.edu
Office Hours: By Appointment

Curriculum Vitae


Amanda Porterfield is a historian of American religion with interests in the historical interplay of religion, politics and law, the history of American religious thought, and the historical study of Native American religions. She also works in the history of Christianity, is the author of Healing in the History of Christianity, and co-editor with John Corrigan of the quarterly journal Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture. Her most recent book is Conceived in Doubt: Religion and Politics in the New American Nation (Chicago, 2012); her current research focuses on religion in American law.

Research Interests

  • Religion, Politics and Law
  • American Protestant Thought
  • History of Christianity
  • Native American Religions

Selected Publications

Books >>See also in Amazon.com "Books by Amanda Porterfield"

Current Research Projects


  • Metaphysical Constructs Embedded in Early American Law

Recent Essays

Teaching Specializations

  • Religion in U.S. History
  • Historiography of American Religion
  • Native American Religious History
  • Puritanism
  • Romanticism
  • Religion and Politics in the U.S.
  • History of Christianity
  • World Religions


Religion and Politics in the Early American Republic
Lecture at University of Maine, Farmington, October 1, 2010.

Lecture Video


Recent Courses

Spring 2017

RLG6498-1    SEM Relig. Thought: Historiography of Amer. Rel.

Fall 2016

REL3155        Psychology in U.S. Religious History
This course explores the psychological aspects of religious life in five different religious traditions in the United States.  It examines the cultural experiences and social structures that have shaped psychological approaches to religion in the U.S. in the 20th and 21st centuries.  Meets Liberal Studies History (LS-HIS).

RLG5305-05 SEM: His of Religions: World Religions in Am. History
This course examines the concept of world religions and the practice of studying world religions as they have developed in American universities, colleges, and seminaries. The course is designed for graduate instructors of the Department's introductory course in world religions as well as for graduate students specializing in American religious history.