Amanda Porterfield

Robert A. Spivey Professor of Religion
Dr. Amanda Porterfield

Contact Information

American Religious History
Office Location
208 Dodd Hall
Resume / CV
Office Hours

By appointment

Amanda Porterfield is a historian of American religion with interests in the place of religion in business, law, politics and modern art. Her new book, Corporate Spirit: Religion and the Rise of the Modern Corporation (Oxford University Press) will be released March 1, 2018.

Research Interests

  • Religion in Corporate Organization
  • American Religion, Politics, and Law
  • History of Christianity
  • Religion in Modern American Arts  

Selected Publications

Books (See also in "Books by Amanda Porterfield")

Current Research Projects

  • Religion in Modern American Arts

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 

Recent Courses

Spring 2018 
RLG5937: Religion and Art

The purpose of this graduate seminar is two-fold. The first purpose is to develop arts literacy as part of graduate coursework in American religious history and encourage incorporation of the arts in research and teaching. The second purpose is to examine the religious influences and impulses that engaged Americans working in a variety of different art forms in the early and mid-twentieth century. The seminar will focus on religious elements in American arts as a way to understand American contributions to modernity and globalization.

Fall 2017
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).

RLG6498: SEM Religious Thought: Religion & American Business