Michigan State University
Michigan State University
Department of Religious Studies
Amy DeRogatis
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E-mail: derogat1@msu.edu

Personal Homepage: http://www.amyderogatis.com

Office: 728 Wells Hall
Office phone: (517) 432-7158

Professor of Religion and American Culture


Ph.D., University of North Carolina, 1998 (Religious Studies)
M.T.S, Harvard Divinity School, 1990
B.A., Oberlin College, 1987


American religion and culture, nineteenth-century Protestant home 
missionaries, religion gender, and sexuality, American evangelicalism, religion in the Midwest.


Amy DeRogatis is Professor of Religion and American Culture. She has taught at Michigan State since 1998. She is the author of Saving Sex: Sexuality and Salvation in American Evangelicalism(Oxford University Press, 2015) and Moral Geography: Maps, Missionaries, and the American Frontier(Columbia University Press, 2003).

In December 2014 DeRogatis and her co-PI Isaac Weiner (OSU) received $30,000 for their Religious Soundmap Project of the Global Midwest.   This project is supported by the Humanities Without Walls consortium, based at the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The Humanities Without Walls consortium is funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

This is a digital humanities project that aims to map the religious diversity of midwestern cities through sound.  Over the next 18 months, her research team of MSU faculty and student researchers will make sound recordings of religion “in practice” in the Mid-Michigan area and integrate these recordings, along with interviews, visual images, and explanatory texts, onto a publicly accessible online mapping platform. 

Prof. DeRogatis has begun a new research project titled “Mormon King” on James Jesse Strang and the Strangite community on Beaver Island, MI in the mid-nineteenth century. 



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