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Brad Stoddard
  • Associate Professor of History

History & Art History

As a historian of American religion, I'm primarily interested in the history of what we commonly call "religion" in the United States. More specifically, I study religion in American prisons.


Ph.D., Florida State University
M.A., Yale Divinity School
B.A., University of California Berkeley

Research Interests

  • Religion in American prisons

  • Religion and American law

  • New religious movements

  • Method and theory

Recent Courses

  • REL 3365: Religion and American Prisons

  • REL 2223: Sex, Drugs, and U.S. Religion

  • REL 2204: Religion and Critical Thought

Selected Publications

  • "Spiritual Entrepreneurs: Florida's Faith-Based Prisons and the Carceral State." Under contract with UNC Press (anticipated publication in 2020).

  • "Race, Ethnicity, and New Religious Movements." Co-edited with Emily Clark. In contract with Bloomsbury (anticipated publication in 2019).

  • "Method Today: Redescribing Approaches to the Study of Religion." Editor. Equinox Publishing (2018).

  • "Stereotyping Religion: Critiquing Clichés." Co-edited with Craig Martin. Bloomsbury (2017).

Clubs and community involvement

  • President of North American Association for the Study of Religion

Awards and Honors

  • Emerging Scholars, Religion and its Publics, Virginia Center for the Study of Religion at the University of Virginia (2019)

  • Young Scholars of American Religion, Religion and American Culture program at IUPUI (2019-2020 cohort)

  • Faculty Scholarly Publications Award, McDaniel College (Fall, 2018)

  • Ira Zepp Teaching Enhancement Award (Spring, 2018)

  • Individual Research Grant, American Academy of Religion (2018-2019)