Sonia Hazard

Assistant Professor
Sonia Hazard

Contact Information

American Religious History
Office Location
M05 Dodd Hall
Resume / CV


Sonia Hazard (Ph.D. 2017, Duke University, Religion) focuses on religion in early American history; visual, material, and sensory culture; material texts and the history of the book; antebellum evangelicalism; and theory and method, especially new materialism, posthumanism, and affect studies.

Her first book manuscript, Makers of the Sensible: The Evangelical Book and its Readers in Antebellum America, reconstructs the material spaces, practices, and affects that defined the everyday encounter with proliferating religious tracts and books. This project has been supported by several fellowships, including the National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship at the American Antiquarian Society, the Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship, and the Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in Critical Bibliography at the Rare Book School. 


Peer-reviewed articles 
  • “How Joseph Smith Encountered Printing Plates and Founded Mormonism,” Material Religion 16:5 (expected December 2020). 
  • “The American Tract Society and the Refinement of the Evangelical Book, 1825-1861,” The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America (forthcoming 2020). 
  •  “Evangelical Encounters: The American Tract Society and the Rituals of Print Distribution in Antebellum America,” The Journal of the American Academy of Religion 87:4 (forthcoming December 2019). 
  • Thing,” Early American Studies 16:4 (2018): 792-800. 
Special issues
  • Guest editor, “Religion and Material Texts in the Americas,” special issue of Material Religion 17:1 (projected Spring 2021). 
  • Guest editor (with Marcy J. Dinius), “Keywords for Early American Literature and Material Texts,” special issue of Early American Studies 16:4 (2018).


FALL 2020
  • REL2121: Religion in the United States
  • RLG5305: Seminar: Christianity & the Book in the Atlantic (co-taught with Dr. François Dupuigrenet)
  • REL3128: Evangelicalism in America
  • REL4190/RLG 5195: Seminar: American Religion 1791-1861