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Collaborating Generously

John Corrigan

Lucius Moody Bristol Distinguished Professor of Religion

Professor of History

Distinguished Research Professor



In this episode, John talks about the right time to take risks, interdisciplinary collaboration as an act of generosity, and how his background in math and chemical engineering makes him a humanities researcher who sometimes thinks like a scientist.


Dr. John Corrigan is the Lucius Moody Bristol Distinguished Professor of Religion, Professor of History, and Distinguished Research Professor at Florida State University. His research focuses on religion and emotion, religious intolerance, and the spatial humanities.

He has served as regular or visiting faculty at the University of Virginia, Harvard, Columbia, Oxford, University of London, Arizona State University, University of Halle-Wittenberg, and University College (Dublin), as a visiting scholar at the American Academy in Rome, as the Fulbright Distinguished Research Chair for the Netherlands, and as a Fulbright Specialist. He also has taught in the FSU program in Florence.

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.

His research has been supported by fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Humanities Center, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Fulbright Program, and by grants from public and private endowments.

Recent courses he has taught include Religion, Emotion, and America; Religion and Region in America; Religion in the American 19th Century; Religious Intolerance in America; Religion in the Colonial Americas; Historiography of American Religion; Religion and American Spaces.

In 2017 he was named the University of Chicago Divinity School Alumnus of the Year.