Tracy Fessenden

Biography

Tracy Fessenden is the interim Director of the School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies, where she holds the Steve and Margaret Forster Professorship on the faculty of religious studies. Prior to receiving her doctorate in religious studies from the University of Virginia, she studied literature at Yale University. 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) 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 recent articles and essays have appeared in American Literary HistoryReligion & Politics,  ReligionEarly American LiteratureNew Literary HistoryChurch History: Studies in Christianity and Culture, Religion and Literature, and in many edited collections and anthologies. An affiliate of the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict, Professor Fessenden has been a co-principal investigator or project team member on numerous research projects, including Public Religion, the Secular, and Democracy and Teaching and Talking about Religion in Public, supported by the Ford Foundation, and Religion and International Affairs: Through the Prism of Rights and Gender, supported by the Luce Foundation. 

Education

  • Ph.D. Religious Studies, University of Virginia 1993
  • B.A. English (magna cum laude with distinction), Yale University 1984

Courses

Spring 2019
Course Number Course Title
REL 202 Religion and Popular Culture
REL 792 Research
REL 799 Dissertation
Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
REL 792 Research
REL 799 Dissertation
Summer 2018
Course Number Course Title
REL 202 Religion and Popular Culture
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
REL 202 Religion and Popular Culture
POS 394 Special Topics
REL 394 Special Topics
REL 792 Research
REL 799 Dissertation
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
REL 202 Religion and Popular Culture
REL 792 Research
REL 799 Dissertation
Summer 2017
Course Number Course Title
REL 202 Religion and Popular Culture
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
REL 202 Religion and Popular Culture
REL 792 Research
REL 799 Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
REL 202 Religion and Popular Culture
REL 501 Research Mthds-Religious Study
REL 690 Reading and Conference
REL 792 Research
REL 799 Dissertation
Summer 2016
Course Number Course Title
REL 202 Religion and Popular Culture
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Title
REL 202 Religion and Popular Culture
REL 799 Dissertation
Fall 2015
Course Number Course Title
HST 191 First-Year Seminar
REL 202 Religion and Popular Culture
REL 690 Reading and Conference
REL 792 Research
REL 799 Dissertation
Summer 2015
Course Number Course Title
HST 484 Internship
Spring 2015
Course Number Course Title
REL 792 Research
REL 799 Dissertation
Fall 2014
Course Number Course Title
REL 599 Thesis
REL 792 Research
REL 799 Dissertation