Catherine Brekus

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Catherine Brekus
Academic background
Alma mater
Thesis"Let Your Women Keep Silence in the Churches" (1993)
Academic work
DisciplineHistory
Sub-disciplineAmerican religious history
Institutions
Notable works
  • Strangers and Pilgrims (1998)
  • Sarah Osborn's World (2013)

Catherine Anne Brekus is Charles Warren Professor of the History of Religion in America at Harvard Divinity School. Brekus' work is centered on American religious history, especially the religious history of women, focusing on the evangelical Protestant tradition.[1]

Brekus received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and literature from Harvard University in 1985,[1][2][3] having submitted the honors thesis Women in the Chartist Movement: Historical and Literary Images.[4] She received a Doctor of Philosophy degree in American studies from Yale University[3] with the dissertation "Let Your Women Keep Silence in the Churches": Female Preaching and Evangelical Religion in America, 1740–1845.[5]

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 Evangelical Christianity 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).[6] She has been involved in efforts to reprise women's role within American religious history, organizing the first conference on the topic in the United States in 2003.[7]


Published works[edit]

Books[edit]

  • Strangers and Pilgrims: Female Preaching in America, 1740–1845. Chapel Hill, North Carolina: University of North Carolina Press. 1998. ISBN 978-0-8078-2441-2.
  • The Religious History of American Women: Reimagining the Past. Editor. Chapel Hill, North Carolina: University of North Carolina Press. 2007. doi:10.5149/9780807867990_brekus. ISBN 978-0-8078-5800-4.
  • American Christianities: A History of Dominance and Diversity. Edited with Gilpin, W. Clark. Chapel Hill, North Carolina: University of North Carolina Press. 2011. ISBN 978-0-8078-3515-9.
  • Sarah Osborn's World: The Rise of Evangelical Christianity in Early America. New Haven, Connecticut: Yale University Press. 2013. ISBN 978-0-300-18290-3.
  • Sarah Osborn's Collected Writings. Editor. By Osborn, Sarah. New Haven, Connecticut: Yale University Press. 2017. ISBN 978-0-300-18289-7.

Book chapters[edit]

  • "Restoring the Divine Order to the World: Religion and the Family in the Antebellum Woman's Rights Movement". In Carr, Anne; Van Leeuwen, Mary Stewart. Religion, Feminism, and the Family. Louisville, Kentucky: Westminster John Knox Press. 1996. pp. 166–182. ISBN 978-0-664-25512-1.
  • "The Revolution in the Churches: Women's Religious Activism in the Early American Republic". In Hutson, James H. Religion and the New Republic: Faith in the Founding of America. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. 2000. pp. 115–136. ISBN 978-0-8476-9434-1.
  • "Children of Wrath, Children of Grace: Jonathan Edwards and the Puritan Culture of Child Rearing". In Bunge, Marcia J. The Child in Christian Thought. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company. 2001. pp. 300–328. ISBN 978-0-8028-4693-8.
  • "Female Evangelism in the Early Methodist Movement, 1784–1845". In Hatch, Nathan O.; Wigger, John H. Methodism and the Shaping of American Culture. Nashville, Tennessee: Kingswood Books. 2001. pp. 135ff. ISBN 978-0-687-04854-0.
  • "Interpreting American Religion". In Barney, William L. A Companion to 19th-Century America. Malden, Massachusetts: Blackwell Publishing. 2001. pp. 317–333. doi:10.1002/9780470998472.ch23. ISBN 978-0-631-20985-0.
  • "Remembering Jonathan Edwards's Ministry to Children". In Kling, David W.; Sweeney, Douglas A. Jonathan Edwards at Home and Abroad: Historical Memories, Cultural Movements, Global Horizons. Columbia, South Carolina: University of South Carolina Press. 2003. pp. 40ff. ISBN 978-1-57003-519-7.
  • "Sarah Osborn's World: Popular Christianity in Eighteenth-Century America". In Wilkins, Christopher I. The Papers of the Henry Luce III Fellows in Theology. 6. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. 2003. ISBN 978-0-9702346-2-9.
  • "Protestant Female Preaching in the United States". In Keller, Rosemary Skinner; Ruether, Rosemary Radford. Encyclopedia of Women and Religion in North America. 2. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press. 2006. ISBN 978-0-253-34687-2.
  • "Introduction: Searching for Women in Narratives of American Religious History". In Brekus, Catherine A. The Religious History of American Women: Reimagining the Past. Chapel Hill, North Carolina: University of North Carolina Press. 2007. pp. 1–50. doi:10.5149/9780807867990_brekus. ISBN 978-0-8078-5800-4.
  • "Sarah Osborn's Enlightenment: Reimagining Eighteenth-Century Intellectual History". In Brekus, Catherine A. The Religious History of American Women: Reimagining the Past. Chapel Hill, North Carolina: University of North Carolina Press. 2007. pp. 108–141. doi:10.5149/9780807867990_brekus. ISBN 978-0-8078-5800-4.
  • "Women and Religion in Colonial North America and the United States". Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History. 1. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2017. doi:10.1093/acrefore/9780199329175.013.35.

Journal articles[edit]

Other periodical articles[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Catherine Brekus". Harvard Divinity School. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  2. ^ Nguyen, Sophia (2015). "Catherine Brekus" (PDF). Harvard Magazine. Vol. 118 no. 1. Cambridge, Massachusetts. p. 18. ISSN 0095-2427. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  3. ^ a b "The Wayfarer". Harvard Divinity School. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  4. ^ Brekus, Catherine A. (1985). Women in the Chartist Movement: Historical and Literary Images (AB thesis). Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University. OCLC 12282930.
  5. ^ Brekus, Catherine Anne (1993). "Let Your Women Keep Silence in the Churches": Female Preaching and Evangelical Religion in America, 1740–1845 (PhD diss.). New Haven, Connecticut: Yale University. OCLC 35452695.
  6. ^ "Catherine A. Brekus". University of Chicago Divinity School. University of Chicago. Archived from the original on 26 April 2013. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
  7. ^ Spencer, LeAnn (22 October 2003). "Religious Women Fill Pews but Not the History Books". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 23 April 2013.