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Robert Orsi is Professor of Religious Studies and History and Grace Craddock Nagle Chair in Catholic Studies at Northwestern University. He researches, writes, and teaches about religion in the United States, in the past and in contemporary contexts, with a particular focus on American Catholicism. He is also interested in how “religion” developed as a subject of inquiry from early modernity to the present and in questions of method and theory in the study of religion. His scholarship draws on history, ethnography, religious studies, and psychological theories of  imagination and of intersubjectivity to study the religious practices of men, women, and children.

Recent Blog Posts and Articles:

Orsi, Robert. “Speaking the Impossible ‘No’,” Bulletin of the Study of Religion, 43, no. 1 (February 2014): 7-11.

“The Universal and the Particular”

“Praying Angry”

“Doing Religious Studies with Your Whole Body”

“The Critic Within: On Father Andrew Greeley (1928-2013)”

Contributions to Reverberations: New Directions in the Study of Prayer (A project of the Social Science Research Council)