Michigan State University

Professor of Religion and American Culture

E-mail: derogat1@msu.edu
Personal Homepage: amyderogatis.com
Office: 728 Wells Hall
Phone: (517) 432-7158


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

Principle Scholarly Interests

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


Amy DeRogatis is a Professor of religion and American culture in the Department of Religious Studies at Michigan State University. She also serves as the Faculty Excellence Advocate for the College of Arts and Letters. Her most recent book Saving Sex: Sexuality and Salvation in American Evangelicalism (Oxford, 2015) has been favorably reviewed in academic and popular journals and featured in a New York Times OpEd, The Atlantic Monthly, and Salon.com. Her first book, Moral Geography: Maps, Missionaries, and the American Frontier (Columbia University Press, 2003) used cultural geography and spatial theory to examine missionary efforts on the nineteenth-century American frontier. DeRogatis is currently at work on a third book, Mormon King about James Jesse Strang and the Strangite community on Beaver Island, MI.

DeRogatis is also the co-director of the American Religious Sounds Project, a collaborative digital initiative, supported by the Henry Luce Foundation, to document and interpret the diversity of American religious life by attending to its varied sonic cultures. The MSU Office of Engagement recently featured the project.

Courses Taught

  • REL 101 Exploring Religions
  • REL 220 Religion in the United States
  • REL 491 Religion, Sexuality and Gender
  • REL 365 Evangelicalism in the United States
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