John Corrigan

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John Corrigan (born 1952) is an American religion scholar, known for being the author of a number of books on religion. He is the Lucius Moody Bristol Distinguished Professor of Religion and Professor of History at Florida State University (FSU). He is a leader in the academic study of religion and emotion and in the field of the spatial humanities. His narrative histories of religion in America are widely adopted in university courses. He used to be a union bricklayer in Chicago.[1]


Corrigan earned a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1982. He served as regular or visiting faculty at the University of Virginia, Harvard University, Arizona State University, Oxford University, University of London, University of Halle-Wittenberg, University College (Dublin), visiting scholar at the American Academy in Rome, and Research Associate at the American Antiquarian Society. He also has taught at the Florence Center of FSU. He is the editor of the Chicago History of American Religion, a book series published by the University of Chicago Press, co-editor of The Spatial Humanities, a book series published by Indiana University Press, and co-editor of the academic journal Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture.


His books include The Hidden Balance (Cambridge University Press, 1987); The Prism of Piety (Oxford University Press, 1991); Religion in America (coauthor, Prentice Hall, 1992, 1998; 2003; 2010); Jews, Christians, Muslims (coauthor, Prentice Hall, 1998, 2010); Readings in Judaism, Christianity and Islam (coeditor, Prentice Hall, 1998); Emotion and Religion (coauthor, Greenwood, 2000); Business of the Heart: Religion and Emotion in the Nineteenth Century (University of California Press, 2002); Religion and Emotion: Approaches and Interpretations, ed., (Oxford University Press, 2004), French and Spanish Missions in North America[1], an interactive electronic book (co-author, California Digital Library/University of California, 2004), The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Emotion, (ed., Oxford University Press, 2008); Religion in American History (coeditor, Blackwell, 2010); Religious Intolerance in America: A Documentary History (coauthor, University of North Carolina Press, 2010); and The Spatial Humanities: GIS and the Future of the Humanities (co-editor, Indiana University Press, 2010).

His research on American religious history has focused on its emotional components, instances of religious violence, and the interwovenness of political, social, and religious ideologies. His research since 2000 increasingly has focused on integrating spatial technologies (such as GIS) into the humanities, developing an interdisciplinary approach to the study of space and place, and theorizing ways in which the emergent digital humanities can advance the study of religion and culture when framed by spatial considerations.


  1. ^ "Florida State University - Faculty Profile". Archived from the original on 18 May 2006. Retrieved 7 January 2013.