Catherine A. Brekus

Professor in Religions in America and the History of Christianity; Associate Faculty in the Department of History




PhD (Yale University)


Catherine Brekus teaches American religious history. She is the author of Strangers and Pilgrims: Female Preaching in America, 1740 – 1845, which won the Frank and Elizabeth Brewer Prize (for the best first book on the history of Christianity) from The American Society of Church History, and Sarah Osborn's World: The Rise of Evangelical Christianity in Early America (Yale University Press, 2013), a book about the early evangelical movement based on an eighteenth-century woman's manuscript diaries. She is also the editor of The Religious History of American Women: Reimagining the Past, a collection of essays that asks how women's history changes our understanding of American religion, and the coeditor (with W. Clark Gilpin) of American Christianities: A History of Dominance and Diversity, an introduction to the multiple forms of Christian expression in the United States. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Henry Luce III Faculty Fellowship in Theology and a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. She is a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians and an elected member of the American Antiquarian Society. She has been involved in several collaborative research projects, including the History of Christian Practice in America, Perspectives on Children in Christian Thought, and Religion, Feminism, and the Family.