Susanna Morrill

Department Chair; Associate Professor of Religious Studies

John R. Howard Hall 228, MSC: 45

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.

Academic Credentials

PhD 2002, M.A. 1993 University of Chicago

BA 1989 Bryn Mawr College


Fall 2021 Courses:

RELS 102 Food and Religion
MWF 9:10AM - 10:10AM
MWF 12:40PM - 1:40PM

Examination of the relationship between food, American religions, and American popular culture; how food is incorporated into formal religious rituals such as the Eucharist or fasting; how cooking, communal eating, and food practices are part of the more informal religious culture of religious communities. Also, consideration of whether eating and food have taken on religious meaning within American culture as a whole, using the Northwest as a focus.

Prerequisites: None.

RELS 451 Metaphysical Rel in America
TTH 11:30AM- 1:00PM

Major trends in American religion from the Puritans to the feminist and liberation theologies of the 20th century. Intensive reading of works by major American figures and scholars. With instructor consent, may be taken twice for credit.

Prerequisites: One 200-level RELS course. 

Restrictions: Sophomore standing required. 


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.

Location: J.R. Howard Hall