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Religious Studies

Susanna Morrill

Associate Professor of Religious Studies

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J.R. Howard Hall

Susanna Morrill teaches courses in United States religious history. She received her doctorate in the history of religions from the University of Chicago. Her work in the recent past has focused on how early Mormon women used popular literature in order to argue for the theological importance of their roles in the home, community, and church.


Spring 2019 Courses:

RELS 255: American Religious Themes/TV
MWF 9:10AM - 10:10PM

Exploration of key themes in American religious history as these are revealed in contemporary American television shows. These themes will include millennialism, exceptionalism, revivalism, restorationism, apocalypticism, freedom of religion, religious pluralism, fascination with the exotic “East,” and exploration of paranormal topics.

Prerequisites: None.


RELS 342: Mormonism/American Context
MWF 12:40PM - 1:40PM 

This course will use the origin and development of Mormonism in the U.S. as a case study to understand larger trends in American religious history, including the history and importance of folk and magical traditions in the U.S., prophetic/charismatic religious movements, the shifting relationship between church and state, public Protestantism in the U.S., secularization,
and globalization.

Prerequisites: None


Professor Morrill teaches courses in United States religious history up to 1865; United States religious history, 1865-present; colonial American history; women in United States religious history; the body and health in United States religious history; and a seminar focusing on American religions. These courses reflect her interests in researching women in United States religions and, specifically, in finding women (and men) in American history by looking at non-traditional, popular sources—the places in American culture that women were able to safely create and inhabit.

Academic Credentials

Ph.D. 2002, M.A. 1993 University of Chicago

B.A. 1989 Bryn Mawr College

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Susanna Morrill’s office is located in room 228 of John R. Howard Hall.


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Susanna Morrill Associate Professor of Religious Studies

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