Catherine Albanese

Catherine Albanese is a professor in and chair of the department of religious studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has also taught at Wright State University and Pennsylvania State University. Her research interests include United States history, nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and religion and American culture. She has written a number of books, including Nature Religion in America: From the Algonkian Indians to the New Age (University of Chicago Press, 1991), and Reconsidering Nature Religion (Trinity Press International, 2002). She completed her graduate work at the University of Chicago and Duquesne University, and her undergraduate work at Chestnut Hill College.


Volume 85

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Guests on Volume 85: C. John Sommerville, on how higher education, divorced from higher realities, has become socially irrelevant; Catherine Albanese, on American "metaphysical religion," varieties of gnosticism, and the quest for spiritual energy; Christopher Shannon, on how social scientists encouraged the rise of autonomous individualism in 20th-century America; Michael G. Lawler, on the development of the idea of marriage as covenant in Roman Catholic thought; Gilbert Meilaender, on lessons from Augustine in defining proper expectations for the Christian life; Matthew Dickerson, on J. R. R. Tolkien's vision of stewardship of the earth: the glory of trees and the shepherdhood of ents.