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Tracy Fessenden

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Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4302
Director of Strategic Initiatives
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4302
Biography: 

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, culture, 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); editor of the North American Religions series at New York University Press, the Religion Around series at Penn State University Press, and the journal Religion and American Culture for Cambridge University Press. Her articles and essays have appeared in journals including American Literary History, the Journal of the American Academy of ReligionReligion & PoliticsEarly American LiteratureNew Literary History, the Journal of Feminist Studies in ReligionChurch History, Religion and Literature, the Journal of Women's History, ReligionU.S. Catholic HistorianSignsProspectsand in many edited collections and anthologies. Professor Fessenden has been a principal or co-principal investigator or project team member on numerous research projects, including Recovering Truth: Religion, Journalism, and Democracy in a Post-Truth Era and Religion and International Affairs: Through the Prism of Rights and Gender, both supported by the Luce Foundation; Apocalyptic Narratives and Climate Change: Religion, Journalism, and the Challenge of Public Engagementsupported by Luce and the American Council of Learned Societies; and Public Religion, the Secular, and Democracy and Difficult Dialogues: Teaching and Talking about Religion in Public, both supported by the Ford Foundation. 

Education: 
  • Ph.D. Religious Studies, University of Virginia 1993
  • B.A. English (magna cum laude with distinction), Yale University 1984
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 202Religion and Popular Culture
REL 792Research
REL 799Dissertation
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 202Religion and Popular Culture
REL 792Research
REL 799Dissertation
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
MCO 394Special Topics
REL 394Special Topics
POS 394Special Topics
REL 792Research
REL 799Dissertation
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 202Religion and Popular Culture
REL 792Research
REL 799Dissertation
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 792Research
REL 799Dissertation
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 202Religion and Popular Culture
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 202Religion and Popular Culture
POS 394Special Topics
REL 394Special Topics
REL 792Research
REL 799Dissertation
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 202Religion and Popular Culture
REL 792Research
REL 799Dissertation
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 202Religion and Popular Culture
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 202Religion and Popular Culture
REL 792Research
REL 799Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 202Religion and Popular Culture
REL 501Research Mthds-Religious Study
REL 690Reading and Conference
REL 792Research
REL 799Dissertation
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 202Religion and Popular Culture
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 202Religion and Popular Culture
REL 799Dissertation