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.