OAH Distinguished Lecturer Profile

OAH Distinguished Lectureship program 40 years 1981-2021

R. Marie Griffith

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R. Marie Griffith is the John C. Danforth Distinguished Professor in the Humanities and the director of the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at Washington University in St. Louis, where she edits the prizewinning online journal Religion and Politics. She is a historian of U.S. religion who specializes in women, gender, and sexuality in twentieth-century American Christianity and has taught undergraduate and graduate courses on these subjects for twenty years. Prior to joining the faculty at Washington University, she was a professor of religion and the director of the Program in the Study of Women and Gender at Princeton University, where she received the President's Award for Distinguished Teaching, and the John A. Bartlett Professor of Church History at Harvard University. Griffith's books include God's Daughter: Evangelical Women and the Power of Submission (1997), a study of conservative Protestant women in the late twentieth century; Born Again Bodies: Flesh and Spirit in American Christianity (2004), a history of religious and cultural bodily obsessions and practices across the twentieth century; and Moral Combat: How Sex Divided American Christians and Fractured American Politics (2017), a history of the religious and political wars over sex and gender since the 1920s. She coedited, with Barbara Dianne Savage, Women and Religion in the African Diaspora: Knowledge, Power, and Performance (2006) and, with Melani McAlister, Religion and Politics in the Contemporary United States (2008).

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