Catherine L. Albanese

Professor of Religious Studies
J. F. Rowny Professor Emerita in Comparative Religions & Research Professor
Area: American Religious History

Ph.D., the University of Chicago

Office: HSSB 3075
albanese@religion.ucsb.edu


The field of American religious history is currently exploring new models for narrating the story of religion in the United States. Older consensus models are no longer in favor. I argue for a contact model that foregrounds the meetings and encounters between religious people. Such a model emphasizes the religious combinations made by individuals as well as between and among traditions in and through their American experience. My own work tries to develop this model in a variety of venues.


Books

Selected Articles, Reviews & Entries

  • Reconsidering Nature Religion (Harrisburg, Pa.: Trinity Press International, 2002). A rethinking of the concept and kinds of nature religion in the U.S. after over a decade since Nature Religion in America appeared.
  • American Spiritualities: A Reader (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2001).
    An anthology that develops a typology for spirituality in past and, especially, present-day spirituality in the United States.

Courses Taught

  • RS 151A: Religion in American History to 1865
  • RS 151B: Religion in American History since 1865
  • RS 258: Seminar in Religion in America