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 Writings:

Orsi, Robert A. “Every Question Is Open: Looking for Paths beyond the Clearing.” Critical Research on Religion, November 9, 2016, 2050303216676529. doi:10.1177/2050303216676529.

Upcoming Lectures:

2016-2017: Professor Orsi is a Fellow at Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies, Harvard University.
In Spring 2017: Professor Orsi will be the Stewart Fellow in Religion at Princeton University.
March 28-29, 2017:  Professor Orsi will be lecturing at Vassar College.

Recent Lectures:

November 2016: Discussion of History and Presence at the AAR meeting, in the Theology and Religious Reflection Section.
November 5, 2016: History and Presence will be discussed at the Seminar in North American Religion at the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism, Nov. 5, 2016, see http://cushwa.nd.edu/events/2016/11/05/40706-seminar-in-american-religion-23/

September 28, 2016: Lecture in the Critical Thinkers in Law, Religion, and Society series, University of Ottawa.

The Journal of American History podcast

“What is Catholic About the Clergy Sex Abuse Crisis?” Friends of the Department of Religious Studies Annual Lecture, April 25, 2016.

“What is ‘Lived Religion?’” [什麼是「生活宗教」?] Tainan Theological College and Seminary, Tainan, Taiwan, March 16, 2016.

“The Problem of Presence in Modern Religion and Its Study,” University of California at Santa Barbara, February 15, 2016.

“The Problem of Presence in Modern Religion and Its Study,” Duke University, February 5, 2016.

Workshop on Theory and Method in the Study of Religion, 200-Level Course, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, June 24, 2015.

“Religion after Religion,” Fourth Biennial Conference on Religion and American Culture, Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture, Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis, June 4-6, 2015, http://raac.iupui.edu/files/3314/5382/3460/Proceedings2015.pdf