Tracy Fessenden is the Steve and Margaret Forster Professor in the School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies and Director of Strategic Initiatives in the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict. She holds degrees in religious studies from the University of Virginia and in English from Yale. Her work focuses on religion and American literature and the arts; gender, race, and sexuality in American religious history; and the relationship between religion and the secular in American law and public life. She is the author of Religion Around Billie Holiday (Penn State UP, 2018) and Culture and Redemption: Religion, the Secular, and American Literature (Princeton UP, 2007; paperback 2013); co-editor of Religion, the Secular, and the Politics of Sexual Difference (Columbia UP, 2013) and The Puritan Origins of American Sex: Religion, Sexuality and National Identity in American Literature (Routledge, 2001); general editor of the North American Religions series at New York University Press and editor of Religion and American Culture: A Journal of Interpretation for Cambridge University Press. Her articles and essays have appeared journals including American Literary History, the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Religion & Politics, Early American Literature, New Literary History, Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture, Religion and Literature, the Journal of Women's History, Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, and in many edited collections and anthologies. Professor Fessenden has been a co-principal investigator or project team member on numerous research projects, including Recovering Truth: Religion, Journalism, and Democracy and Religion and International Affairs: Through the Prism of Rights and Gender, both supported by the Luce Foundation, and Public Religion, the Secular, and Democracy and Teaching and Talking about Religion in Public, both supported by the Ford Foundation.