Upon recommendation from the Divinity School’s Alumni Council, the Board of Trustees of the Baptist Theological Union has named John Corrigan (PhD'82) the Divinity School Alumnus of the Year for 2017. He will deliver a public lecture entitled "Religion, Emotion, and History" on Thursday, April 20th, at 4:30pm in the third-floor Lecture Hall. A reception will follow.
John Corrigan is the Lucius Moody Bristol Distinguished Professor of Religion and Professor of History at Florida State University in Tallahassee.
He is the author or editor of numerous books, including, most recently, Emptiness: Feeling Christian in America (University of Chicago Press, 2015). His works encompass American religious history, the history of emotion, and the digital humanities. Other titles include Business of the Heart: Religion and Emotion in the Nineteenth Century (University of California Press, 2002); Jews, Christians, Muslims: A Comparative Introduction to Monotheistic Religions (coauthor, Routledge, 2015), and Deep Maps and Spatial Narratives (coedited with David Bodenhamer and Trevor Harris, Indiana University Press, 2015).
Of the award, Dean Richard A. Rosengarten said, “In his innovative scholarship, inspired teaching, and exemplary service, John Corrigan reflects the ideal of the scholar/teacher. I am delighted by the Alumni Council's choice, and look forward to welcoming John back to Swift Hall for what will certainly be a lively and fun visit in the spring."
Professor Corrigan holds a number of editorial positions: he is editor-in-chief of the Oxford Encyclopedia of American Religion, editor of the Chicago History of American Religion book series published by the University of Chicago Press, and co-editor of The Spatial Humanities book series at Indiana University Press. He was co-editor of the journal Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture (formerly edited by Divinity School faculty Jerald Brauer and Martin E. Marty) from 2003-2016.
Prof. Corrigan has several forthcoming books: How Do We Study Religion and Emotion?, ed., (Duke University Press, 2017); The Business Turn in American Religious History, ed., with Amanda Porterfield and Darren Grem (Oxford University Press, 2017); Religious Spaces in the Atlantic World, ed., (University of South Carolina Press, 2017); and Religious Violence and American Foreign Policy (University of Chicago Press).
His research has been supported by fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Humanities Center, and the Fulbright Program. The many PhDs he has trained teach in universities throughout North America.
Corrigan will deliver the 2017 Alumnus of the Year address, entitled “Religion, Emotion, and History," as well as the Spring Quarter Dean's Craft of Teaching seminar for The Craft of Teaching in the Academic Study of Religion Program, on Thursday, April 20, 2017. The seminar will take place at noon; the lecture at 4:30pm, with a reception to follow.