Catherine Brekus

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Catherine Brekus is Professor of Religions in America and the History of Christianity in the Divinity School of the University of Chicago, where she is also associate faculty in the History Department. Brekus' work is centered on American religious history, especially the religious history of women, focusing on the evangelical Protestant tradition.[1] Starting July 1, 2014 she joined the faculty at Harvard Divinity School as the Charles Warren Professor of the History of Religion in America.[2]

Brekus' works have included a history of female preaching in America, entitled Strangers and Pilgrims: Female Preaching in America, 1740 – 1845 (1998) and a history of early evangelicalism based on a woman's diaries, entitled Sarah Osborn's World: The Rise of Evangelicalism in Early America (2013). She has also edited volumes on The Religious History of American Women: Reimagining the Past (2007) and, with W. Clark Gilpin, American Christianities: A History of Dominance and Diversity (2011).[3] She has been involved in efforts to reprise women's role within American religious history, organizing the first conference on the topic in America in 2003.[4]


  1. ^ "Catherine A. Brekus". Retrieved 23 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "Catherine Brekus, Distinguished American Religious Historian, to Join HDS". Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Catherine A. Brekus". Retrieved 23 April 2013. 
  4. ^ Spencer, LeAnn (October 22, 2003). "Religious women fill pews but not the history books". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 23 April 2013.